GREENCASTLE, Pa. – The Hiram College baseball team dropped a pair of North Coast Athletic Conference matchups to DePauw University on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers captured game one, 10-3, before winning the night cap, 19-6.
Trailing 2-0 in game one, Hiram made their move in the top of the fifth inning, striking for a trio of runs to take a one-run advantage.
With runners on second and third and no one out in the fifth, freshman Vince Suso came through with a single to score Tyler Carcioppolo and cut the Tiger lead in half. Hiram would then score a pair of runs on a sacrifice bunt by Alex Perrella.
A successful squeeze play by the Hiram centerfielder scored Curtis Caithaml before a throwing error by the DePauw first baseman allowed Suso to score, giving the Terriers a one-run lead, 3-2.
The hosts would have an answer for the Terriers as DePauw responded with a seven-run frame in the bottom of the sixth inning to blow the game open, 9-3.
The Tigers would add one more run in the bottom of the eighth to round out the scoring, 10-3.
Offensively, the Terriers were led by Suso, Perrella and Caithaml, who all tallied a pair of hits.
Hiram ran into some stout pitching in the opening game as DePauw starter Grant Rademacher went the distance, allowing just one earned run and eight hits while striking out 14 Terriers.
The hosts jumped out to a big lead in game two, striking for seven runs in the first two innings. The Tigers posted five extra-base hits through the first two frames, including three triples and a pair of doubles.
Thanks to the early fire power, DePauw went on to capture game two, 19-6. The Tigers put together four multi-run innings, including three in the first, four in the second and seven in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Hiram was able to get their offense going late in the ball game, striking for two in the sixth, one in the seventh and three more in the eighth.
Sophomore PJ Suso came through in the sixth, getting Hiram on the board with a two-out, two-run double.
Alex Gould came through with a RBI single in the seventh, scoring Caithaml.
In the eighth, the Terriers used the extra-base hit to their advantage. Luke Brown popped his first-career home run for the first run of the frame.
Two batters later, Carcioppolo reached on a single before sophomore Nate Shorts came through with a RBI triple. Suso followed with a double, scoring Shorts. That, however, would prove to be the end of the Hiram offensive, and the Terriers fell 19-6.
Suso once again led the offense with two more hits in the leadoff position. Brown added two hits, as did Carcioppolo.
Hiram will get back to work on Sunday as they travel back to Meadville for the second game of a split, two-game set with Allegheny College. The matchup with the Gators is set for 3 p.m.