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Gould Walks It Off to Highlight Baseball's Doubleheader Split with Wittenberg

OBERLIN, Ohio – Junior Alex Gould lifted the Terrier baseball team to a game-two victory with a two-out, two-run, walk off single to highlight Hiram's doubleheader split with Wittenberg University on Sunday afternoon.

Due to weather conditions, the two sides played their North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Oberlin College.

Pitching ruled game one, while the bats came alive in game two for both squads. The Tigers captured the first game, 3-1, before the Terriers rallied to snag game two, 7-6.

Game two provided the fireworks on a chilly Sunday afternoon, as Hiram rallied from three runs down in the ninth to capture their first NCAC victory of the season.

Trailing 6-3 in the ninth, junior Alex Perrella led off the inning with a double to left. After Nate Shorts came in to pinch run, the Terriers made back-to-back outs, giving Hiram just one chance to come back in the game.

After a walk issued to Tyler Carcioppolo, Curtis Caithaml came through with a two-out single, scoring Shorts to cut the lead to 6-4.

Freshman Vince Suso then uncorked a RBI double to the base of the wall in left field, scoring Carcioppolo and putting the winning run on second base.

Wittenberg then called for a pitching change with two out. Falling behind 1-2 in the count and down to his final strike, Gould came through with the biggest hit of his season, singling to right to give Hiram the walk off winner. Check out the footage, below:

Overall, Hiram tallied four hits, including three with two outs, and four runs in the final frame to steal the victory.

The Terriers fell behind early in the game as Wittenberg got singular runs in the fourth and fifth, before Caithaml scored Hiram's first on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth.

After a RBI single by the Tigers in the seventh put the visitors up 3-1, the Terriers responded with a pair in the home half of the inning to tie the game.

With Vince Suso on second and Gould on first, PJ Suso tallied a RBI single for his third RBI of the season. Mike Eversole then walked with the bases loaded to knot the game (3-3).

Wittenberg responded with three runs between the eighth and ninth innings before the Terrier heroics unfolded in the ninth, resulting in the Gould walkoff.

Offensively, the two sides combined for 29 hits. The Terriers picked up 14, including three from Perrella and Vince Suso, and two each from Gould, Carcioppolo and Caithaml. Batting towards the bottom of the order, Caithaml continued to swing a solid bat, totaling five hits in the doubleheader.

On the mound, A.J. Armstrong pitched the ninth inning to grab his first win of the season. Starting pitcher Tyler Duben went six strong, allowing just two earned runs while striking out one.

In game one, the Terriers fell 3-1 in a solid pitchers' duel. Senior Kyle Watson went seven innings, allowing just two earned runs on four hits while striking out five. However, Hiram managed just one run off of Wittenberg pitching.

Hiram collected eight hits in game one, led by three from Caithaml and two from Zachary Bailey. The lone RBI came from Vince Suso, who singled home Caithaml in the fifth inning to open the scoring.

Hiram, who now sits at 1-3 in conference play, will be back in action on Saturday, April 14 as the Terriers travel to Granville, Ohio for a doubleheader with Denison University. The matchup is set for 12 p.m.

Baseball Swept by DePauw
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