Late rally beats Quakers
WC falls to Hiram, 4-3
March 6, 2012
Austin Newman doubled in Wilmington's 4-3 loss to Hiram.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Hiram College scored three runs in the ninth inning to edge Wilmington, 4-3, in Gene Cusic Classic action Tuesday.
The Quakers are now 3-2 on the spring while Hiram improves to 4-1.
“It was just a tough-luck loss,” Wilmington head coach Tony Haley said. “We preach to the guys that you have to play from the first pitch to the last out, and we didn’t do that today.”
Wilmington got a strong pitching performance from Gunner Calhoun (Wilmington/Clinton-Massie) and timely hitting to build a 3-1 lead after six innings.
The Quakers took that two-run advantage into the ninth. Hiram loaded the bases with two outs and tied the game on a throwing error. The Terriers went up, 4-3, on an RBI single.
Wilmington was unable to dent the plate in the home ninth and saw its three-game winning streak come to an end.
Calhoun gave up one run and eight hits while striking out three over 7 1/3 innings in his first collegiate start. The freshman was not involved in the pitching decision
“Gunner struggled at times, but when he was on, they couldn’t touch him,” Haley said. “He didn’t do anything fancy — he just challenged them with good fastballs.”
Bruce Dunlap (Circleville/Logan Elm) continued to swing a sizzling stick. The senior went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs. Brandon Arehart (Wilmington) tripled, and Austin Newman (Bethel/Bethel-Tate) and Hunter Justus (Circleville/Logan Elm) ripped doubles.