ADRIAN, MICH. — After resuming the lightning suspended game yesterday trailing 4-2, the Hiram College softball team scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning when play resumed today (Saturday, May 14) to defeat Baldwin-Wallace College, 5-4, in the regionals of the NCAA Division III Tournament hosted by Adrian College in Adrian, Mich. [Game Stats]
With the win, the Terriers advance to the regional championship round and are now 27-12 overall. Hiram’s 27 wins also ties the school record for most wins in a season. The last time the Terriers posted 27 victories was in 2009 when Hiram finished 27-16. The Yellow Jackets fall to 28-10 overall for the season with the loss.
Prior to the game being postponed yesterday due to lightning, B-W took the early lead scoring a run in the top of the first inning and then added another run in the third for a 2-0 margin. Hiram cut the deficit in half with a run in the bottom of the fifth on a defensive error that allowed junior All-NCAC outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) to score. The Yellow Jackets added to their lead in the top of the sixth with a pair of runs to make the score 4-1. Hiram scored its first run of the sixth on a solo homerun by freshman shortstop Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo), her team-leading sixth of the season, to narrow the gap to 4-2. Following a single by freshman All-NCAC pitcher/utility player Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo), the game would be suspended due to lightning with a runner on base and one out for the Terriers.
When play resumed, Hiram recorded a quick out, but then tallied two consecutive base hits to load the bases with two outs. Freshman outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) singled scoring two runs to tie the game, but a throwing error by B-W on the same play allowed a third run to score and gave Hiram a 5-4 edge. The Yellow Jackets would come to bat in the seventh looking for a rally of their own, but solid defense by Hiram led by Lane, got B-W to record three straight outs securing a 5-4 come-from-behind victory for the Terriers.
Hiram finished the game with 10 hits and was led by Lane and junior All-Region utility player Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) who both finished with a pair of hits. Lane went two-of-three at the plate and Langland finished two-of-four overall. Six other Terriers each recorded a hit in the win.
On the mound, Lane pitched all seven innings and knotched her 15th win of the season and is now 15-7 overall. She allowed four runs on five hits and struck out six batters. With her six strikeouts today, Lane now has 139 for the season which is a Hiram single-season record. She surpasses former softball standout Whitney Dropsey ’10 who held the previous mark with 137 strikeouts which she set during the 2009 season.
Hiram will advance to the regional championship round and will face top-seeded DePauw (Ind.) University later today at 2 p.m. The Terriers need two more victories to advance to the NCAA Division III Softball World Series.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at email@example.com.