HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College softball team swept a pair of key games against Wittenberg University, 6-2 and 4-0, today (Saturday, May 1) in the North Coast Athletic Conference and regular-season finale at Myrtis E. Herndon Field on senior day. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
With the sweep, the Terriers improve to 20-15 overall and 9-5 in the NCAC. The Tigers fall to 17-19 overall and 8-6 NCAC. This season marks the third time in the past four years that Hiram has reached the 20-win plateau.
In game one, took an early 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI sacrifice fly by freshman designated hitter/first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton). Wittenberg battled back and tied the game at 1-1 with a run in the top of the second. Hiram then took control with three runs in the fourth thanks to a two-RBI double by junior first baseman Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) and a defensive error, making the score 4-1. The Terriers added two insurance runs in the sixth on another defensive error and a RBI double by Singer to increase the margin to 6-1. The Tigers crossed the plate once in the top of the seventh, but would not score again as Hiram went to win by the final of 6-2.
Hiram totaled seven hits in game one with three players recording a pair of hits. Langland and junior catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield) both finished two-of-three with Langland adding a pair of RBI and Ervin tallying a run scored. Senior two-time All-NCAC pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) went two-of-four at the plate and scored two runs.
On the mound, Dropsey pitched all seven innings to pick up the win and improve to 14-10 overall. She allowed two runs on six hits and struck out nine batters.
In game two, the Terriers scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the second on a RBI single by Ervin to take a 1-0 lead. Hiram added another run in the fourth and two more in the fifth highlighted by a RBI double by Ervin. Wittenberg was held scoreless as Hiram junior pitcher Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) pitched six shutout innings en route to the 4-0 victory.
The Hiram bats recorded another strong performance in game two, recording eight hits, and was led by the Trio of Dropsey, Singer and Ervin who all finished with two hits. Singer and Ervin both finished a perfect two-of-two at the plate with Singer adding a run scored and Ervin driving in two runs. Dropsey went two-of-four with a run scored.
Padilla pitched a complete game shutout and earned her fifth win of the season to improve to 5-1 overall. She gave up no runs on six hits.
Hiram will qualify for the NCAC Tournament for the third straight season and will be the number three seed. The Terriers are the defending tournament champions and will face second-seeded Ohio Wesleyan University on Friday, May. 7. Denison University earns the top seed in the tournament and will host the two-day event in Granville.
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.