The Hiram College softball team earned its third straight split following day three of the annual spring trip to Florida at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. The Terriers dropped a 2-0 decision to Simpson (Iowa) College early in the day, but came back to capture a 9-1 victory against Emmanuel (Mass.) College in five innings in the nightcap.
Following today’s games, Hiram remains at an even .500 for the season and is now 3-3 overall.
Against Simpson, the Storm tallied five hits in the game and took an early 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the fourth inning. Simpson added an insurance run in the top of the seventh resulting in a 2-0 deficit for the Terriers heading into the bottom half of the inning. But Hiram could not get on the scoreboard as the Terriers committed four errors in the game defensively en route to the 2-0 loss.
Junior All-NCAC first baseman Chastine Romanello (Phoenix, Ariz./Barry Goldwater) led the Hiram hitters recording the team’s only hit of the game and finishing one-of-two at the plate overall.
Freshman pitcher Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) suffered her second loss of the season and is now 1-2 overall. She pitched seven-and-a-third innings allowing two runs and struck out two batters. Fellow freshman Alati Gagne (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) came on in relief to record the final two outs of the game and allowing two walks.
In the nightcap against Emmanuel, Hiram got on the board early with a run in the first inning to take an early 1-0 advantage. The Saints tied the game at 1-1 later in the top of the third. The Terrier offense came alive in the bottom of the fourth tallying seven runs and added another run in the fifth envoking the eight-run rule and a 9-1 victory.
Hiram had 14 hits in the game and was led by junior All-NCAC utility player Heidi Gipson (Canal Fulton/Northwest) who finished a perfect four-of-four with a run scored and a run batted in. Senior All-NCAC catcher Mindy Miller (Navarre/Waynedale) tallied two hits with a pair of doubles scoring one run and driving in three runs. Freshman Kayla Flowers (Burghill/Badger) recorded a hit in her only at-bat and had two RBI.
Senior pitcher/first baseman Jamie Brown (Louisville) pitched three-and-a-third innings to claim her second win of the season and improves to a perfect 2-0 overall. She allowed no runs and had no strikeouts. Sophomore pitcher/utility player Ashley Crowder (North Lewisburg/Triad) came on in the fourth inning and pitched one-and-a-third innings allowing one run and no strikeouts.
Hiram will take the day off tomorrow (Wednesday, Mar. 12) and will resume play on Thursday (Mar. 13) with games against Lake Forest (Ill.) College at 9 a.m. followed by a matchup against Coe (Iowa) College at 1 p.m.