GRANVILLE, OHIO — The Hiram College softball team was eliminated from the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament with a 2-1 loss against Denison University today (Friday, May 7) in Granville. [Game Stats]
The Terriers end their season with a 20-17 overall record. The Big Red improve to 26-15 and will move on to the second day of the tournament tomorrow.
Denison took an early lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning to lead 2-0. Hiram cut the deficit in half, 2-1, with a run in the fourth on a solo homerun by junior first baseman Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas). The homerun was Langland’s third of the season. The run would be the only one of the game for Hiram has Denison hung on for the 2-1 victory and advances to face Ohio Wesleyan for a spot in the tournament championship game tomorrow.
Hiram totaled four hits at the plate and was led by Langland who went one-of-three with a run scored and a RBI. Senior two-time first-team All-NCAC pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale), junior catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield) and sophomore outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) also recorded a hit and all finished one-of-three overall.
On the mound, Dropsey pitched the entire game, but would suffer the loss and ends her season with a 14-12 record. She allowed two runs on eight hits and struck out three batters.
Following the tournament, Langland was named to the NCAC All-Tournament Team. In two games, Langland batted .333 at the plate (two-of-six) with a homerun, a triple, two runs scored and a RBI.
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