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Wolverines split pair with Terriers
by Greg Knowlden, sports information student assistant


HIRAM, OH, May 1, 2002 -- Freshman Mike Gundy (Grand Rapids, MI/Grand Rapids Christian) improved his season record to four wins against one loss as the Grove City College baseball team (11-13) split a doubleheader at Hiram College (9-19) on Wednesday.

In the first game, Gundy retired the side in order in each of the first three innings before giving up a bunt hit to start the fourth.  The Wolverines led 5-0 at that point, but a walk, three more singles, and an error allowed four runs and narrowed the Grove City margin to 5-4.

The Wolverines scored one run in the second, and got two in the third on the fourth homer of the year by senior 1B Drew Hoagland (Butler, PA/Knoch).  Senior CF Eric Bell (Grove City, PA/Grove City) plated two more in the fourth with a single to left.

The Wolverines answered Hiramís four-run fourth on a RBI single by freshman DH Joel Diller (Hartville, OH/Marlington) in the sixth.  A solo shot in the bottom of the inning made it a 6-5 game.  Grove City once again responded with a single by sophomore 2B Jake Cuthbert (Belle Vernon, PA/Belle Vernon) to drive two men in and secure the 8-5 victory.

The second game saw sophomore Matt Kearney (New Castle, PA/Neshannock) give up one earned run in his complete game effort but lose 3-2.  A solo homer in the second put Hiram up 1-0 and was the only scoring until the top of the fifth.  With two outs, Grove City finally got on the board on Cuthbertís first home run of the year.  Diller followed with a double and scored on Hoaglandís long single to deep left field.  However, Hiram used a leadoff error and a single to score a pair of runs on groundballs to keep Grove City from getting to .500 on the year.

Bell was 3-for-5 in the opener, after which he was 12-of-21 (.571) over the five previous games.  Cuthbert, who is leading the PAC with a .469 batting average, and Hoagland both went 4-for-7 with three RBI and one run.  Freshman 3B John Mycyk (Pittsburgh, PA/Shady Side Academy) had two hits and scored twice in the game one victory.

Senior Justin Magee (Grove City, PA/Grove City) will step on Grove Cityís home mound for the final time on Saturday as the Wolverines look to even their season record at 13-13 against La Roche.  The first pitch will be at 1 PM in coordination with the activities for Parentsí Weekend.

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