The Hiram College softball team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end with a pair of losses at the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. The Terriers were defeated by Kean (N.J.) University, 12-4, in five innings and by Emory (Ga.) University, 13-1, also in five innings.
Against Kean, Hiram (5-3) struck first with three runs in the top of the first inning on a RBI hit-by-pitch with bases loaded and a two-run defensive error later in the frame. The Cougars answered with three runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to even the score at 3-3. The Terriers regained the lead in the second thanks to a RBI double by junior Jessica Bolanz(Randolph/Waterloo) making the score 4-3. But Kean rallied again and scored six runs in the bottom of the second to take its first lead, 9-4. Kean went on to add a run in the fourth and then two more runs in the fifth bringing the eight-run rule into effect and sealing a 12-4 victory.
Hiram totaled four hits in the game, led by sophomore All-NCAC outfielder Miranda Wright (Richfield/Revere) who recorded two of those hits. She finished two-of-three overall. Bolanz finished one-of-one at the plate with a run scored and a RBI. Freshman Jessica Wahl (Akron/Ellet) had the other hit for Hiram going one-of-one to go along with a run scored.
On the mound, freshman Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge) suffered the loss allowing 10 runs on 12 hits with three strikeouts in four innings of work. Fellow freshman Taylor Miller (Kent/Roosevelt) pitched two-thirds of an inning giving up two runs on three hits.
Individual statistics from the Emory (Ga.) game will be posted when available. Stay tuned for updates.
Hiram will take on Pacific (Wash.) Lutheran University tomorrow (Saturday, Mar. 9). The game is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.