The Hiram College softball team dropped a pair of games in a non-conference doubleheader against Geneva (Pa.) College, 5-3 and 5-4 in eight innings, in Beaver Falls, Pa.
In game one, Geneva (6-8) got on the scoreboard first with a run in the bottom of the second inning and added four more runs in the fifth to lead 5-0. Hiram (5-9) scored the final runs of the game, beginning with a pair of scores in the top of the sixth on a defensive error and a RBI single by sophomore Janie Linger (Akron/Firestone) to make the score 5-2. The Terriers scored another run in the seventh thanks to a solo homerun by sophomore Angela Perella (Lyndhurst/Beaumont) to cut the deficit to 5-3. But the rally ended there for Hiram as Geneva got the Terriers to hit into the game ending out following the Perella homer to go on to the 5-3 victory.
Offensively, Hiram had nine hits in the game and was led by the duo of Perella and junior Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) who both finished two-of-four at the plate. Perella also added the run scored and RBI.
On the mound, freshman Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge) pitched the entire game, but recorded the loss, allowing five runs on 10 hits and struck out two batters.
In the nightcap, the Golden Tornadoes again struck early. This time with a run in the bottom of the first inning to grab the early lead. The deficit remained a run for Hiram until the top of the fifth when freshman Danielle Latine (Eastlake/North) hit a solo homerun to even the score at 1-1. But Geneva regained the lead with a run of its own in the bottom half of the frame making the score 2-1. Both teams scored runs in the sixth with Hiram crossing the plate three times on a RBI triple by freshman Jessica Wahl (Akron/Ellet) a solo homerun by Perella, her second of the day, and a defensive error. Geneva tallied two runs in their half of the inning to even the score at 4-4. Following a scoreless seventh inning, the Golden Tornadoes tallied the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth on a RBI single with a runner on third base to claim the 5-4 win.
Hiram had another strong showing at the plate with eight hits, led by Bolanz who went two-of-four. Six other Terriers posted a base hit in the game.
Freshman pitcher Taylor Miller (Kent/Roosevelt) started the game and pitched five innings allowing four runs on seven hits and had four strikeouts. Garland came on in relief and pitched two-and-a-third innings, but would give up the lone run on three hits and suffered the loss, dropping her to 4-4 for the season.
Hiram is scheduled to host DePauw (Ind.) University on Saturday, Mar. 30 in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener at Myrtis E. Herndon Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.