The Hiram College softball team lost both games of a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Allegheny (Pa.) College, 9-4 and 9-3, in Meadville, Pa.
In game one, Allegheny (12-15, 7-3 NCAC) struck for a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, but Hiram (9-15, 4-6 NCAC) answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame that included a RBI-fielder’s choice by freshman Brittany Zajac (Corry, Pa./Corry), a wild pitch and a throwing error to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Terriers after one inning of play. The Gators evened the game at 3-3 in the third and would take the lead in the fifth with two runs on a two-run homerun to take a 5-3 lead. Hiram got one of the runs back in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a wild pitch with runners on second and third base, but Allegheny tacked on two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to go on to claim the 9-4 victory.
Hiram had five hits in the game with two hits from the duo of senior All-NCAC outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) and sophomore shortstop/second baseman Jessica Wahl(Akron/Ellet) each. Both finished two-of-four overall with Loyer scoring a pair of runs and Wahl also scoring a run. The other Terrier hit came off the bat of junior outfielder Kayla Schmidt (Garfield Heights) who went one-of-three for the game.
On the mound, sophomore Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge) pitched all seven innings allowing nine runs, six earned, on 14 hits and had four striketouts. She would also suffer the loss and drops to 7-9 overall for the season.
In the nightcap, Allegheny again led-off the game with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning to grab an early 2-0 lead. The Gators added to their lead in the third, crossing the plate three times which included a two-run homer, before Hiram got on the board in the bottom half of the inning with two runs on a defensive error and a wild pitch, making the score 5-2. Both teams traded runs in the fifth with Hiram’s run coming on another defensive error, but the deficit remained three runs, 6-3. Allegheny took control of the game with a three-run top of the sixth with its second homerun of the game, this time a three-run shot, to seal a 9-3 win and the two-game sweep.
Hiram had one player finish with multiple hits in game two in Loyer who went two-of-three in addition to scoring a run. Four other players recorded a bast hit in the loss.
Sophomore Taylor Miller (Kent/Roosevelt) started on the hill for Hiram in game two and pitched six ininngs giving up nine runs on nine hits and struck out one batter. She was credited with the loss and is now 1-4 overall for the season. Zajac came on to pitch the final inning in relief allowing no runs or hits.
Hiram is scheduled to travel to Oberlin for NCAC twinbill against Oberlin College on Saturday, Apr. 19. The first game is set to begin at 1 p.m.