By: Andrew Korba
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Hiram College baseball team fell in its final game at the Gene Cusic Classic to Augustana (Ill.) on Saturday by a 7-5 score in Fort Myers, Florida.
The Terriers end the trip with a 3-7 overall record. The Vikings are 10-3.
Hiram wasted little time jumping on the board, scoring two times in the first inning.
Senior Jaren Bell (Rochester, N.Y./Brighton) was hit by a pitch to lead off the game and senior Jeff Segal (West Bloomfield, Mich./North Farmington) reached on a fielders choice, with Bell advancing to second on the play.
Augustana responded with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the first to knot the game at 2-2.
The Vikings then exploded for four runs in the second to take a 6-2 lead.
The Terriers would get a run back in the fourth on a RBI single from Bell, but the Vikings countered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
In the fifth, sophomore Brandon Gros (Ravenna/Kent Roosevelt) reached on an error, with Foster scoring on the play.
The Terriers also scored in the seventh when Foster crossed home on a balk.
Hiram put the tying run on base in the ninth inning, but came up empty, falling 7-5.
Freshman Riley Harpster (Ashland/Hillsdale), Bell and Foster each collected two hits in the game to lead Hiram.
Senior Nate Weiss (Warren, Mich./University Liggett) gave up six earned runs in six innings of work, while striking out three.
Hiram will return to action on Wednesday, when it plays a road contest at John Carroll that is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.