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Hiram Baseball Takes On OWU In Wild Doubleheader

Hiram Baseball Takes On OWU In Wild Doubleheader

The Hiram College baseball team continued North Coast Athletic Conference action on Wednesday evening, taking on Ohio Wesleyan University at Fishel Field at Proverbs Park.

The doubleheader was an unconventional one, as the twin bill last over seven hours and saw a combined 58 runs scored between the two squads.

Alex Gould was the offensive catalyst for the Terriers throughout the entire afternoon as the senior reached base in every single at bat throughout the day.

Gould finished each game of the doubleheader, 4-4, going 8-8 with six runs scored and five doubles on the day.

In game one, the Terriers fell 25-7, but were led by Gould's four-hit game. He also scored a pair of runs and drove in another.

Vince Suso and Tommy Dailey also posted multi-hit games in the opening contest, while Andrew Church notched a pair of RBIs.

Game two was where things got dicey, as the Terriers and Bishops played to a 13-13 tie. The matchup was called following the eighth inning of action on account of darkness.

During the game, play had to be halted in the top of the sixth due to a heavy rain shower. The game went into the delay with the score knotted at 9-9.

The Bishops scored the game's first five runs before Hiram found their response.

In the bottom of the second, Gould led off the frame with a double before moving to third on a fly out. Two batters later Vito Petrillo doubled him home for Hiram's first score.

The Terriers would add two more runs in the third as Curtis Caithaml drove in Petrillo and Kyle Harris brought home Caithaml to cut the lead to 5-3.

A two-run homer pushed the OWU lead back to four (7-3) in the top of the third, before the Terriers added three more runs to slim the margin to one.

PJ Suso uncorked his seventh home run of the season over the left field fence in the frame. The blast moved him into a tie for fourth on the single-season home run list with four more games to go on the year.

Petrillo then came through in a big spot for the second-consecutive inning, notching a two-run double in the third to score Andrew Church and Gould to make the OWU lead 7-6.

Hiram would tie the game in the fourth on an error, before both teams posted a pair in the fifth.

The Terriers' scores both came on ground balls. The first by Caithaml scored Devin Houdeshell, while the second from Harris plated Petrillo to tie the game.

Out of the rain delay, the Terriers snagged their first lead of the matchup. With two outs in the frame, Gould once again got the rally started with a single. Following a walk to Church, Houdeshell gave Hiram the advantage with a RBI single. Church would then score on a wild pitch to give Hiram a 11-9 lead.

The lead would be short lived as OWU tallied four runs in the eighth to re-take the lead, 13-11.

Hiram came right back in the eighth, however, plating two, including a RBI by Church, before the game was called due to darkness.

The game has currently been ruled a tie, but could be continued at a later date if deemed necessary.

Gould and Petrillo each paced Hiram with four hits in the night cap. Petrillo, Harris and Caithaml all also posted multi-RBI performances.

The Terriers will look to be back in action on Saturday afternoon as they play host to Oberlin College for senior day. The matchup is scheduled for 12 p.m.