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Terriers Fall Short vs Elms

Terriers Fall Short vs Elms

Playing in their final doubleheader of their spring break trip to Fort Myers, Fla., the Terrier baseball team dropped a pair of games to Elms on Wednesday morning.

Errors once again proved costly for Hiram as Terrier pitching surrendered just three earned runs in the doubleheader but lost by scores of 4-1 and 4-3.

In the opening game of the twin bill, the Terrier pitching staff scattered just five hits over seven innings, but five Terrier errors led to four unearned runs.

Making his first appearance since missing the majority of the 2018 season due to injury, junior, and former NCAC Newcomer of the Year, Hank Clegg, pitched one inning of work to lead off the game for Hiram.

Clegg faced four batters in his inning of work, throwing 11 of his 19 pitches for strikes and getting out of the inning unscathed.

Clegg then gave way to senior captain A.J. Armstrong who posted a pair of innings while allowing just two hits and striking out four. Fellow senior Justin Joyce then worked three innings of two-hit baseball, while sophomore Parker Emerine tallied a hitless seventh to finish off the game.

Offensively, Hiram scored the first runs of the game in the second inning as Alex Perrella came in on an error by the Blazers.

Elms responded with three unearned runs in the third inning, including a two-run double with two outs, and added one more insurance run in the fourth.

Offensively, Kyle Harris, Zachary Bailey, Perrella and Vito Petrillo all tallied one hit, each.

In game two, Hiram held a 3-0 lead through the majority of the game thanks to a solid pitching effort from senior Christian Owens.

Making his first start of the season, Owens worked five innings, allowing just one run on six hits, all of which were singles.

Harris opened the scoring in the first inning after reaching on an error by Elms. Moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Perrella, he then stole third and trotted home on an errant attempt to throw him out.

In the fourth, the Terriers would add two more runs. Kyle Workman reached on an error and moved to second as Mike Eversole drew a no-out walk. Andrew Church then came through with a RBI single to score Workman and push the lead to 2-0.

Two batters later, with the bases full of Terriers, Harris connected with a sacrifice fly to score Eversole and make the count 3-0.

The Blazers would respond with a run in both the fifth and sixth innings to pull the score to 3-2. Elms would then come through with a pair of RBI singles in the bottom of the seventh, taking the walk-off winner by a 4-3 tally.

Harris added another hit to his totals in the second game and pushed his hitting streak to seven to open the 2019 season. Church and Petrillo also added hits, while Harris, Workman and Eversole all scored runs for the Terriers.

Hiram will complete their eight-game trip to Florida tomorrow morning as they take on Rivier in a single, nine-inning matchup. The game is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start.