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Baseball splits doubleheader with Millikin (Ill.)

Baseball splits doubleheader with Millikin (Ill.)

By: Andrew Korba

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Hiram College baseball team split a doubleheader against Millikin (Ill.), falling in the first game but winning the nightcap on Friday afternoon at the Gene Cusic Classic.

The Big Blue (3-2) took the first game 4-1, but Hiram (3-6) responded with a 10-5 Game 2 victory.

In the second game, Millikin scored three times in the top of the first inning, but Hiram responded with eight unanswered runs.

The Terriers scored once in the first innning on a RBI double from junior Trevor Foster (Warren/Champion).

Hiram then plated four more runs in the second inning, all coming with two outs, to take a 5-3 lead.

Freshman Riley Harpster (Ashland/Hillsdale) laced a 1-out double and moved to third on a sac bunt by sophomore Brandon Gros (Ravenna/Kent Roosevelt). 

Sophomore Ryan Fedor (Mantua/Crestwood) drew a walk and senior Jaren Bell (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) singled to score Harpster.

Senior Jeff Segal (West Bloomfield, Mich./North Farmington) followed with a walk to load the bases. Sophomore Eric Martin came up and ripped a double to score all three runs and put Hiram in front.

In the third, Fedor hit a sac fly to score senior Ron DeAmicis (Austintown/Fitch) and make the score 6-3. Bell would follow with a 2-RBI single to expand Hiram's lead to 8-3.

Millikin answered with a run in the fourth, but Hiram came right back in the bottom half of the frame with a run on a single by Foster that scored Segal.

The Terriers tacked on another run in the sixth on another RBI single by Foster.

The Big Blue added a run in the seventh, but could get no closer.

Foster finished the game 3-for-4 with 3-RBI's and Bell finished 2-for-3 with 2-RBI's and a run scored.

Sophomore Brandon Chesmar (Elyria/Amherst Steele) gave up four runs over four innings to pick up his first win of the season. Three other relievers combined to give up just one run on three hits over the final three innings.

In the first game, Millikin scored a run in the first, but Hiram tied the game at 1-1 in the third, on a double from freshman Phil Ward (Garfield Heights) that scored Bell.

The Big Blue added two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to pick up the 4-1 victory.

Bell and Segal each had two hits in the game for Hiram.

Senior J.T. Taylor (Niles/Niles McKinley) fired a complete game, giving up just one earned run and striking out three.

Hiram will close out its spring trip on Saturday, when it takes Augustana (Ill.) in a single game at 9 a.m.