Junior All-NCAC shortstop Stephanie Zunic (Canfield) batted a combined .517 (four-of-seven) in two games at the plate and hit her third homerun of the season as the Hiram College softball team earned a two-game split against Ohio Wesleyan University today (Saturday, Apr. 19) in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader in Delaware. TheTerriers lost the first game, 9-1, but won the nightcap, 6-5. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
In the first game, Ohio Wesleyan (15-15, 8-4 NCAC) scored early with a run in the first inning. Hiram (9-15, 3-5 NCAC) was held scoreless until the top of the sixth when the Terriers scored their only run of the game on a passed ball tying the game at 1-1. But the Battling Bishops tallied eight runs in the bottom of the inning for the 9-1 victory in six innings.
At the plate, Hiram recorded four hits in the game, two of which came off the bat of Zunic who finished two-of-three overall.
On the mound, senior Jamie Brown (Louisville) got the start and suffered her second loss of the season, dropping her to 4-2 overall. She pitched five-and-a-third innings allowing three runs on nine hits and struck out three batters. Freshman Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) came in the sixth, but could not finish the inning giving up five runs on two hits. Freshman Alati Gagne (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) pitched a third of an inning allowing one run on two hits.
In game two, Hiram began the game with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, with both runs scoring on wild pitches, giving the Terriers a 2-0 lead. Hiram increased its lead with four runs in the fifth that included Zunic’s homerun and a two-RBI single by senior All-NCAC catcher Mindy Miller (Navarre/Waynedale) making the score 6-0. OWU broke the possible shutout with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning cutting the deficit to 6-1. The Bishops would make a push in the sixth scoring four runs narrowing the gap to 6-5. Following a scoreless seventh by Hiram, Brown came on to pitch in the bottom of the inning and recorded three consecutive outs to pick up her first save of the season and secure a 6-5 victory for the Terriers.
Zunic and sophomore outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) led the Hiram hitters as both finished two-of-four at the plate. Zunic also scored a pair of runs and drove in a run.
On the mound, Dropsey made her first start and appearance of the season, picking up the win and improving to 1-0. In five and two-thirds innings, she allowed five runs on 10 hits and struck out three batters. Brown pitched an inning allowing no runs or hits.
Hiram resumes conference play tomorrow (Sunday, Apr. 20) when it hosts Wittenberg University in a rescheduled NCAC doubleheader at the Myrtis E. Herndon Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.