The Hiram College softball team came away with a two-game split against North Coast Athletic Conference opponent Oberlin College, losing to the Yeowomen, 10-5, in game one, but capturing the nightcap, 1-0, in eight innings.
Hiram (10-16, 5-7 NCAC) took the early lead in game one with three runs in the top of the first inning thanks to a RBI-double by freshman pitcher/first baseman Brittany Zajac (Corry, Pa./Corry) and a two-RBI double by junior Angela Perella (Lyndurst/Beaumont). But the lead didn’t last long as Oberlin (7-17, 4-8 NCAC) answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the inning to even the score at 3-3. The Yeowomen then took the lead with three runs in the second and added four more runs in the fourth to make it a 10-3 game. Hiram looked to rally in sixth with a pair of RBI-ground outs. But the two runs would be all that would cross home plate the rest of the way for the Terriers as Oberlin went on to win by the final of 10-5.
Zajac was the only Hiram player to record a multi-hit game, going two-of-four at the plate with a run scored and a RBI. Sixth other Terriers reached base safely via a base hit in the loss.
Sophomore Megan Garland (Mineral Ridge) started on the mound for Hiram in game one, but would only go two innings allowing 10 runs, seven earned, on seven hits and had one strikeout. Zajac pitched the final four innings and gave up no runs on five hits and tallied one strikeout.
In game two, neither team recorded any runs despite scoring chances by both teams, including Hiram having bases loaded in the top of the fourth inning, as both teams combined to strand 15 runners on base. The teams remained in a scoreless tie after regulation, but the Terriers quickly ended the scoring drought in the eighth on a RBI-double by senior All-Region catcher Jess Bolanz(Randolph/Waterloo) that was set up by a defensive error to begin the inning. In the bottom half of the eighth, the Hiram defense was able to get Oberlin to record three consecutive outs to go on to the 1-0 extra-inning victory.
As a team, Hiram had nine hits in the game, with three players finishing with a pair of hits. Sophomore third baseman Nicole Hoy (Brunswick) ended the game two-of-three, while Zajac and Perella both posted two-of-four efforts.
Hiram is scheduled to host Geneva (Pa.) College in a non-conference doubleheader on Monday, Apr. 21 at Myrtis E. Herndon Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.