The Hiram College softball team split a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader against The College of Wooster in Wooster. The Terriers defeated the Fighting Scots, 10-9, in game one, but lost game two, 4-3.
In game one, Wooster (12-10, 1-3 NCAC) scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning, that included a grand slam, to lead 5-0 early. Hiram (7-13, 1-1 NCAC) got two runs back in the top of the third on a two-RBI homerun by junior Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) to cut the deficit to 5-2. The Terriers added two more runs in the fourth on a two-RBI single by freshman Jessica Wahl (Akron/Ellet), but the Scots scored a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning to extend their lead to 6-4. Hiram took the lead in the top of the seventh inning scoring six runs on a series of RBI base hits, including a two-RBI single by freshman Nicole Hoy (Brunswick) to put the Terriers up, 10-6. Wooster looked to make a comeback in the bottom of the inning scoring three runs, but all three runs came with two outs and Hiram would get the Scots to hit into a game-ending groundout following a two-RBI triple to post the 10-9 victory.
Hiram totaled 13 hits in the game with junior All-NCAC outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) finishing three-of-four with a pair of runs scored. Three other Terriers posted multi-hit efforts with Wahl and sophomore All-NCAC outfielder Miranda Wright(Richfield/Revere) both finishing two-of-four and sophomore Janie Linger (Akron/Firestone) went two-of-three. Wright also scored a run and had a RBI, while Linger added two runs scored and a RBI.
On the mound, freshman Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge) pitched all seven innings and claimed her fifth win of the season to improve to 5-5 overall for the season. She allowed nine runs and struck out three batters.
In game two, all seven runs scored came in the third inning with Hiram scoring three runs on a RBI single by Bolanz and a defensive error that allowed two Terriers to score with bases loaded. In the bottom half if the inning, Wooster rallied crossing the plate four times. The two teams were held scoreless the rest of the way as the Scots claimed the one-run victory with the final score of 4-3.
Hiram had two players record multi-hit games in Bolanz and sophomore Samantha Hughes(Hookstown, Pa./Hopewell) who both finished two-of-three. Bolanz also added a RBI.
Freshman Taylor Miller (Kent/Roosevelt) started game two on the hill and pitched two innings allowing three runs on three hits. Miller was also credited with the loss and is now 2-7 overall for the season. Garland came on to pitch the final four innings giving up just a run on five hits and struck out two batters.
Hiram is scheduled to host DePauw (Ind.) University tomorrow (Sunday, Apr. 7) in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Myrtis E. Herndon Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.