HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College softball team lost both games of a close fought non-conference doubleheader against John Carroll University, 3-2 and 5-4, today (Wednesday, Apr. 13) at Myrtis E. Herndon Field. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
Following today’s games, the Terriers fall to 13-8 overall and the Blue Streaks improve to 15-8 overall for the season.
In game one, Hiram scored the game’s opening run in the bottom of the third inning to take an early 1-0 lead. JCU took the lead in the top of the fifth with a pair of runs thanks to a two-run homerun to make the score 2-1. But the Terriers tallied the tying run in the bottom of the inning with a solo homerun by freshman shortstop Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo), her third of the season. The Blue Streaks then scored what would turn out to be the game-winning run in the sixth and held on for a 3-2 victory.
Hiram had a total of five hits in the game and was led by junior All-Region utility player Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) who finished two-of-three overall. Cooney, Bolanz and freshman utility player Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) each recorded a hit in the game.
On the mound, freshman Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo) pitched all seven innings, but would suffer the loss, dropping her to 5-3 overall for the season. She allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out eight batters.
In the nightcap, Hiram again jumped out to the early lead scoring runs in the bottom of the first and second innings to lead 2-0. JCU battled back and moved ahead with a three-run fourth inning making the score 3-2. But the lead would be short lived as the Terriers evened the scored with a run in the bottom of the inning on a RBI single by junior All-North Coast Athletic Conference outfielder Marlene Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity). JCU regained the lead in the fifth with a run for a 4-3 advantage. Both teams exchanged runs in the sixth with the Terriers’ run coming by way of a solo homerun by sophomore All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Revere), her third of the season. But the earlier run by the Blue Streaks in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as JCU went on to claim a 5-4 win and the two-game sweep.
Hiram ended the game with nine hits and was led by Singer who finished a perfect three-of-three at the plate with a run scored and a RBI. Cooney, Smith and senior All-NCAC catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield) all posted two hits in the game. Cooney finished two-of-four with a run scored, while Smith recorded a two-for-three effort with two RBI and Ervin ended the game two-of-three and scored a run.
On the mound, four Terrier pitchers would see action, but it would be sophomore Ashley Hinkle (Parma) who would suffer the loss and fell to 0-2 overall. She pitched an inning-and-a-third allowing two runs on two hits.
Hiram will travel to Wooster for a NCAC doubleheader against The College of Wooster tomorrow (Thursday, Apr. 14). The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.
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