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Suso's Big Day Not Enough for Terrier Baseball Against Grove City

Despite a two-homer game from junior PJ Suso, the Hiram College baseball team dropped a 15-9 decision to visiting Grove City College on Tuesday afternoon.

The game was the first played at Fishel Field at Proverbs Park this season, and fans were treated to an offensive explosion that saw a combined 26 runs, 30 hits and 13 extra-base hits (including four home runs).

The win for the Wolverines splits the home-and-home series between the two squads, as Hiram grabbed a 5-2 victory in Grove City on Monday afternoon.

Suso tied the record for home runs in a game, as he blasted a pair of dingers into the woods behind the left-field fence. His first came as a solo shot to left field in the seventh inning. He then uncorked a three-run shot in the eighth.

PJ was also the last Terrier to post a pair of homers in the same game as he also accomplished the feat at home against Kenyon College last season.

Despite the continued improvement of the Terrier bats, Hiram found themselves playing from behind throughout the day.

Grove City got on the board in the first on a two-run bomb by Shane Hammel. Hammel also added a three-run blast later in the game, totaling five RBIs.

After a pair of bunt singles collected the third run of the game for the Wolverines, Hiram responded in the second inning with a RBI double from Curtis Caithaml, cutting the lead to 3-1.

Grove City would swell the lead to as many as nine (12-3), collecting multi-run innings in the fifth, sixth and seventh.

Hiram would begin their comeback in the seventh, with Suso's first home run of the afternoon. The Terriers would then make things interesting in the eighth.

The home team sent nine batters to the plate in the eighth inning, scoring five runs to cut the Grove City lead to three (12-9).

Caithaml led off the inning with a walk, which was followed by a single from Vito Petrillo. Gavin Taulbee then doubled to left center, scoring Caithaml for the inning's first run.

Following a walk to Kyle Harris which loaded the bases, Zachary Bailey drove in Petrillo with a sacrifice fly. Suso then cleared the bases with his second shot of the day, pulling the Terriers within striking distance.

In the ninth, however, a pair of Hiram errors helped lead to three Wolverine runs, and Hiram found themselves on the wrong end of the six-run difference.

Offensively, Caithaml reached base in every at bat on the day, going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a RBI. Suso and Harris each tallied two hits, while Suso posted four of Hiram's nine RBIs.

Despite taking the loss, starter Logan Huffman allowed just three earned runs while striking out six in five innings of work.

Hiram will next be at home on Sunday afternoon as they play host to the University of Mount Union. The nine-inning matchup with the Purple Raiders is scheduled for 2 p.m.