MEADVILLE, PA. — The Terriers exploded for a combined 23 runs and 29 hits as the Hiram College softball team swept Allegheny College, 10-7 and 13-4, today (Thursday, Apr. 28) in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader in Meadville, Pa. In addition, junior All-Region utility player Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) posted a combined six-of-nine effort at the plate with a grand slam, four runs scored and six RBI. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
With the pair of wins, Hiram improves to 20-9 overall and 9-1 in the NCAC. The Terriers secured their third straight 20-win season and fourth in the last five years. The Gators fall to 7-19 overall and 4-8 NCAC.
In game one, Hiram struck early scoring three runs in the top of the first inning to take the game’s first lead. But Allegheny came right back answering with three runs of its own in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 3-3. Hiram looked to take control in the third with four runs, including a three-run homerun by freshman shortstop Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo). The Terriers went on to add another run in the fourth on a RBI groundout by Langland to increase the margin to 8-3. But the Gators would again make things interesting scoring three runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to narrow the gap to 8-7. Hiram tallied the final runs of the game in the top of the sixth with a RBI single by freshman utility player Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) and scoring on a defensive error en route to the 10-7 final.
Hiram posted 12 hits in game one and was led by Langland who finished three-of-four with two runs scored and a RBI. Loyer and senior All-NCAC catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield) also recorded multi-hit games with Loyer going two-of-five with two runs scored and a RBI. Ervin finished two-of-four overall. Five other Terriers recorded base hits in the win.
On the mound, three pitchers would see action and it would be senior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif/Colony) who got the win in relief pitching an inning-and-a-third allowing one run on two hits and had one strikeout. She improved to 7-1 overall for the season with the win. Junior Amethyst Brigham (Middlefield/Cardinal) pitched the final two innings and was credited with a save, her first of the season, after allowing no runs and no hits while striking out one batter.
In game two, Hiram scored runs in all but one inning. The game began with both teams trading runs in the first inning making the score 1-1. Hiram then took the lead with a three-run second that included a two-run blast by junior All-NCAC outfielder Marlene Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) and added another run in the third on a RBI single by Smith resulting in a 5-1 advantage. Allegheny got one of the runs back in the bottom of the third, but the Terriers scored again in the fifth thanks to a solo homerun by freshman pitcher Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo) and added two more runs in the sixth to lead 8-2. The Gators narrowed the gap with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, but Hiram ended all possibilities of an Allegheny rally scoring five runs in the top of the seventh that included Langland’s grand slam, and the Terriers went to win by the final of 13-4.
Hiram continued the impressive hitting performancing recording 17 hits in game two. Langland and Bolanz each tallied three hits to lead the Terrier hitters. Langland finished three-of-five with two runs scored and five RBI. Bolanz went three-of-four and drove in a run. Five other Terriers each posted a pair of hits in the game, including Loyer who went two-of-four with two runs scored and a RBI. Lane finished the game two-of-four with three runs scored and a RBI.
Three pitchers saw playing time in the nightcap and Lane would get the win coming on in relief and improved to 9-4 on the year. She pitched five and two-thirds innings allowing three runs on six hits and struck out five batters.
Hiram is scheduled to play against Denison University tomorrow (Friday, Apr. 29) in a neutral site NCAC doubleheader at Firestone Stadium in Akron. The first game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.
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