The Hiram College baseball team played host to Denison University on Saturday afternoon, dropping a pair of games to the Big Red in North Coast Athletic Conference action.
The Big Red came into Saturday's doubleheader ranked #18 in the Nation while holding a conference-best 22-2 record. Denison grabbed game one, 16-6, before winning game two, 11-2.
Terrier sophomore Vince Suso got Hiram on the board in game one, smashing a solo shot to left field to pull the Terriers within two, 3-1.
Denison would respond with the next 11 runs, including five in the third and six more in the fourth to push their advantage to 14-1.
The Terriers would add five more tallies the rest of the way, including four runs in the sixth inning. Suso once again got things going, doubling to left with one out in the frame.
After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Suso was brought home by Zachary Bailey. Following a hit by Parker Emerine that put two on, Curtis Caithaml drove home Bailey with a single. The next batter, Vito Petrillo, then brought home a pair with a single of his own.
That would be the rest of the damage that Hiram would do, however, falling 16-6 in the game.
Vince Suso and Bailey each totaled a pair of hits, while Baily and Petrillo brought in a run, each.
The best performance by the Terriers on the mound in game one came from reliever Mike Eversole, who allowed just one earned run on three hits in 2.2 innings of work.
In game two, Hiram snagged nine more hits, but could plate just two runs. Denison, meanwhile, countered by scoring in each of the first five innings to take a 10-1 lead.
Hiram would muster one more run in the outing before falling by the nine-run difference.
Bailey put together his second multi-hit game of the day, and he was joined by PJ Suso and Gould.
Hiram will return to the diamond tomorrow afternoon as they play host to Westminster College. The doubleheader with the Titans is scheduled for 12 p.m.