DELAWARE, OHIO — The Hiram College softball team swept a pair of games against Ohio Wesleyan University today (Saturday, Apr. 10) in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener at Margaret Sagan Field in Delaware, Ohio. The Terriers defeated the Battling Bishops, 9-4 in game one in nine innings and 4-3 in the nightcap in 10 innings. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
With the victories, Hiram moves above the .500 mark with an 11-9 overall record and are 2-0 in the NCAC. OWU is now 13-11 overall and 1-3 NCAC.
In the first game, OWU got on the board first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Hiram responded with three unanswered runs, including two in the second on a two-RBI single by senior All-NCAC pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) and a run in the third thanks to a RBI double by sophomore third baseman Ashley Pike (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo). OWU regained the lead with two runs in the fifth to make the score 4-3. The lead remained one for the Bishops going into the seventh inning, and Hiram tallied the only run of the inning on a RBI single by junior first baseman Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) to tie the game at 4-4 sending the game into extra frames. Following a scoreless eighth inning, Hiram took control of the game with five runs in the ninth highlighted by a three-run homerun by sophomore outfielder Marlene Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity), her first of the season. Following a pair of consecutive OWU outs in the bottom of the inning, the Bishops recorded back-to-back hits, but the Terrier defense recorded the game-ending out on the ensuing at-bat to claim the 9-4 victory.
At the plate, Hiram tallied 16 hits and was led by Dropsey who went four-of-six overall with four RBI. Freshman Alexandra Singer (Akron/Dayton) belted three hits and finished three-of-four with a run scored. Langland, Smith and freshman shortstop Megan Troxell (New Richmond) all recorded a pair of hits. Langland also scored two runs and had a RBI. Smith added a run scored to go along with three RBI while Troxell scored a run.
On the mound, Dropsey pitched all nine innings to claim her sixth win of the season and improves to 6-5 overall. She allowed four runs on 11 hits and struck out eight batters.
In the nightcap, Hiram scored single runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings, that included a solo homer by Pike in the fifth, to lead 3-0. Pike’s homerun was her team-leading fourth of the season. The Terriers maintained their lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, when OWU crossed the plate three times to even the score at 3-3 and sent the game into extra innings. Neither team would score until the 10th inning when Hiram recorded the game-winning run on a RBI single by Dropsey giving the Terriers a 4-3 victory.
Hiram had another strong effort at the plate with 15 runs and was led by Singer who finished a perfect five-of-five and scored a run. Dropsey finished the game three-of-six with an RBI. Pike, Langland and Smith also recorded multi-hit games. Pike also added two runs scored and a RBI while Langland drove in a run and Smith tallied a run scored and a RBI.
Dropsey started the second game at pitcher and went eight-and-a-third innings allowing three runs on 12 hits with five strikeouts. Junior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) pitched the final inning and two-thirds and got the win to improve to 3-1 overall. She gave up no runs and no hits.
Hiram will host Allegheny (Pa.) College tomorrow (Sunday, Apr. 11) in a rescheduled NCAC doubleheader at Myrtis E. Herndon Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at noon.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495, by FAX at (330) 569-5392 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.