The Hiram College softball team lost both games of a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Wittenberg University in Springfield. The Terriers lost the first game, 9-1 in five innings, and fell in game two, 9-5.
In the first game, Wittenberg (13-6, 4-4 NCAC) jumped out early scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to add another run in the second to lead 4-0. Hiram (8-18, 2-6 NCAC) scored what turned out to be its only run of the game in the top of the fourth on a RBI sacrifice fly by sophomore Angela Perella (Lyndhurst/Beaumont) making the score 4-1. The Tigers put the game away in the fifth inning crossing the plate five times to go up by the score of 9-1 putting the eight-run mercy rule into effect for the overall victory.
Hiram was held hitless in game one. The lone Terrier run was set up by a walk and two hit-by-pitches later resulting in the Perella sacrifice flyout.
On the mound, freshman Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge) started the game and pitched three and two-thirds innings allowing seven runs on 11 hits and had two strikeouts. She was also credited with the loss and is now 6-7 overall for the season. Fellow freshman Taylor Miller(Kent/Roosevelt) came one to pitch an inning of relief giving up two runs and struck out one batter.
In game two, Hiram again trailed early as Wittenberg scored a run in the bottom of the first inning to grab the one-run lead. The Tigers then took control with a six-run third inning that included back-to-back homeruns to extend the margin to 7-0. The Terriers got on the board in the fourth on a RBI single by Perella to narrow the gap to 7-1. Hiram also added a run in the sixth with a RBI groundout by sophomore Samantha Zuponcic (Mantua/Crestwood), but Wittenberg tacked on two runs in the bottom of the inning to make the score 9-2 heading into the final inning. The Terriers looked to rally in the seventh with three runs highlighted by an RBI sacrifice fly by sophomore Janie Linger (Akron/Firestone) and a RBI single by Zuponcic with one out. The Zuponcic RBI single turned out to be the final run for the Terriers as Wittenberg recorded the final two outs in back-to-back Hiram at-bats to go on to post the 9-5 victory.
Hiram posted eight hits in the second game led by junior Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) who finished a perfect three-for-three with a pair of runs scored. Zuponcic also record three hits and finished three-of-four overall with two RBI. Perella and freshman Danielle Latine(Eastlake/North) were the other two Terrier players to record a base hit in the game. Perella finished one-of-three with a run scored and a RBI, while Latine recorded one hit in four at-bats.
Freshman Sarah Berger (Rittman) started on the mound in game two and pitched two and two-thirds innings allowing five runs on five hits and had one strikeout. She also suffered the loss and drops to 0-2 overall for the season. Miller pitched the final three-and-a-third innings giving up four runs on six hits and had two strikeouts.
Hiram is scheduled to host Ohio Wesleyan University in a NCAC doubleheader on Tuesday, Apr. 16 at Myrtis E. Herndon Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.