Junior All-NCAC shortstop Stephanie Zunic (Canfield) and junior All-NCAC first baseman Chastine Romanello (Phoenix, Ariz./Barry Goldwater) each hit their fourth homeruns of the season as the Hiram College softball team swept Oberlin College today (Thursday, Apr. 24) in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader in Oberlin. The Terriers won the first game, 13-1, and won the nightcap, 12-0 in five innings. [Game One Box] [Game Two Box]
In the first game, Hiram (12-18, 6-6 NCAC) led 4-0 after four innings of play scoring two two runs in the first inning and runs in the second and fourth. Oberlin (1-28, 0-12 NCAC) scored its only run of the game in the fifth inning on a fielding error cutting the deficit to 4-1. The Terriers sealed the win with a nine-run seventh inning that included a solo homerun byRomanello to begin the inning and a two-run homerun by freshman outfielder Jena Ervin (Canfield), her first collegiate homerun, en route to the 13-1 victory.
At the plate, Hiram tallied 20 hits as a team and was led by Zunic and Romanello who eachfinished four-of-five at the plate. Zunic added a pair of runs scored and two RBI.Romanello also scored two runs and drove in three runs. Junior outfielder Megan Samuel (Olmsted Falls) went three-of-four and scored two runs. Freshman third basemanKelly Langland (Batavia/Archbishop McNicholas) tallied two hits, finishing two-of-three overall and scoring two runs. Seven other Terriers recorded a base hit in the win.
On the mound, sophomore Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) pitched all seven innings to pick up her third win of the season and improve to 3-1 overall. She allowed just one run on six hits and struck out seven Oberlin batters.
In game two, Hiram scored in every inning and led 10-0 after three innings that included a three-run homer by Zunic in the top of the third. The Terriers added a run in the fourth and freshman first baseman Kayla Flowers (Burghill/Badger) connected on a solo homerun in the fifth, her first of her career, to increase the margin to 12-0. Hiram forced Oberlin into three consecutive outs resulting in the eight-run rule and clinching the two-game sweep.
Hiram followed up a 20-hit performance in game one with 16 in the nightcap and was led by Zunic and Dropsey who recorded three hits each. Zunic finished three-of-four with three runs scored and four RBI. Dropsey went a perfect three-of-three with two RBI. Senior outfielder Rachel Unsinger (Dorset/Jefferson Area) and Langland both tallied two hits in the win. Unsinger ended the game two-of-two overall and scored a run while Langland also finished two-of-two with a pair of runs scored and two RBI.
Freshman Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) got the nod in game two and pitched four inings picking up her team-leading fifth win of the season to improve to 5-8 overall. She allowed just one hit and had two strikeouts. Senior Jamie Brown (Louisville) came on to pitch the fifth inning allowing no runs or hits.
Hiram will look tocontinue its winning ways when it hosts Kenyon College on Saturday (Apr. 26) in a NCAC doubleheader at the Myrtis E. Herndon Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.