Posted: Apr 14, 2017
By: Abbey Lipcsik
HIRAM, Ohio -- Fueled by a career-best start from Hank Clegg, the Hiram College baseball team defeated conference rival Oberlin in the first two games of the four-game series on Friday afternoon.
The offense was fueled by the big inning, as the Terriers notched a four-run frame in both victories.
Clegg pitched eight of the nine innings in game one, striking out a career-best 10 batters, while allowing only one earned run. His innings pitched also marks a career-high.
Hiram was first to get on the board in game one. The Terriers scored one run in each of their first two at-bats, while the Yeomen remained scoreless.
Oberlin tallied their only run of the game in the top of the fifth. With Milo Sklar on third and Mike Masella on first, Justin Cruz filed out to center, scoring Sklar.
The Terriers would add to their score in the top of the seventh. After walks by Tyler Carcioppolo and Eric Martin, Vito Petrillo flied out to right field, advancing Carcioppolo to third. Alex Perrella, Brandon Gros and Bryan Engdahl all followed with singles, plating a pair of runs.
With bases loaded and two outs, both Tyler Duben and Brandon Chesmar walked to tack on the last two runs for Hiram.
With the win, Clegg remains undefeated (3-0). Engdahl and Perrella tied for the team-high with two hits, each, while Perrella also scored twice.
Game two started slow for both teams, with neither side scoring until the third inning. Hiram would then break the game open with a four-run third to take a 4-0 lead.
After three consecutive walks by Petrillo, Carcioppolo and Perrella to open the inning, Gros reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Petrillo. Engdahl smacked an RBI single to center to advance Gros to second and bring home Carcioppolo. Engdahl and Gros then stole second and third, with Gros scoring on a throwing error by catcher Brendan Mapes. Chesmar then followed the play with a double to left center, scoring Engdahl for the final run of the inning.
The two teams traded a pair of runs in the fourth (6-2). The Yeomen, however, continued to chip away at the Terrier lead in their next three frames, tacking on one run in each inning to make the score 6-5 going into the eighth.
The Hiram bullpen came into play in the final two innings. Fresh off of a one-inning stint in game one, Logan Huffman pitched in the eighth, allowing no hits and leaving two Yeomen on base. Carcioppolo then finished the game for Hiram to secure his fourth save of the season.
Tyler Duben was given the win for game two (2-0). In his three innings of work, he allowed two earned runs on five hits. He also recorded two strikeouts. Carcioppolo led the Terrier offense in game two, tallying two hits and two RBIs.
The Terriers will finish their series against the Yeomen tomorrow, April 15, with another doubleheader. First pitch for game one is set for noon, with game two to follow approximately 30 minutes after.