GRANVILLE, OHIO — The Hiram College softball team earned a two-game split of a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Denison University, dropping the first game 4-0 but winning the nightcap, 3-2, tonight (Friday, Apr. 29) in Granville. In addition, junior outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) became the program’s all-time leader in stolen bases. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
Following tonight’s games, the Terriers are now 21-10 overall and 10-2 in the NCAC. The Big Red are 23-7 overall and 8-2 NCAC.
In game one, both teams remained scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when Denison got on the board with a solo homerun to take a 1-0 lead. The Big Red tallied another run in the fifth to increase the margin to 2-0. Denison gained two insurance runs in the top of the seventh with a two-run homer to make the score 4-0. In the bottom half of the inning, Hiram hit into three straight outs as the Terriers recorded just four hits in the game and could not get any runs across as Denison claimed a 4-0 victory.
The Terriers were led at the plate by sophomore All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Revere) who had two hits and finished two-of-three overall. Cooney and freshman pitcher Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo) also recorded base hits. In addition, Cooney stole one base, her 22nd of the season, and brought her career total to 44, surpassing former softball standout Whitney Dropsey ’10 who ended her career with 43 stolen bases.
On the mound, Lane pitched all seven innings, but suffered the loss and is now 9-5 for the season. She allowed four runs on six hits and struck out eight batters.
In game two, Denison again scored the game’s first runs. The Big Red crossed the plate twice in the top of the third inning to take a 2-0 lead. Hiram took the lead in the fifth on a defensive error with bases loaded that allowed all three base runners to score and gave the Terriers a 3-2 edge. Denison would threaten in the top of the seventh with a lead-off walk and a sacrifice bunt to get the runner in scoring position. But the run would never cross home plate as the Terriers recorded the final two outs of the game and hung on for a 3-2 victory.
Hiram totaled five hits in game two and was led by Cooney who finished three-of-four with a run scored. She also stole another base bringing her all-time record-setting mark to 45. Junior All-Region utility player Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) and freshman shortstop Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) also recorded a base hit in the win.
Senior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif/Colony) got the start in the second game and claimed her eighth win of the season to improve to 8-1 overall. She pitched all seven innings giving up two runs on five hits and struck out five batters.
Hiram will take on Ohio Wesleyan University tomorrow (Saturday, Apr. 30) in a NCAC twinbill in Delaware. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.