The Hiram College softball team won both games of a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Kenyon College, 4-3 and 3-2, in the home opener at Myrtis E. Herndon Field.
In game one, Kenyon (17-13, 2-8 NCAC) grabbed the early lead with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. The margin remained two runs until the bottom of the fourth when Hiram (9-13, 4-4 NCAC) crossed the plate three times that included a two-run inside the park homerun by sophomore shortstop/second baseman Jessica Wahl (Akron/Ellet). The Terriers’ other run came on a RBI-double by freshman pitcher/first baseman Brittany Zajac (Corry, Pa./Corry). The Ladies evened the score at 3-3 in the top of the fifth, but Hiram came right back with a run of its own in the bottom of the frame thanks to a RBI-ground out by junior All-NCAC outfielder Miranda Wright (Richfield/Revere) with bases loaded. The Hiram run would prove to be the difference maker as the Terriers recorded back-to-back consecutive out innings defensively and held on for the 4-3 victory.
Hiram had six hits in the game with senior All-NCAC outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) being the lone player to record multiple hits finishing two-of-three with a run scored. Wahl ended the game one-of-three with a run scored and two RBI.
Sophomore pitcher Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge) pitched the entire game to get the win allowing three runs, one earned, on five hits to go along with six strikeouts.
In the nightcap, Hiram began the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI-single by senior All-Region catcher Jess Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) for an early 1-0 lead. The Terriers tacked on runs in the fourth and sixth innings thanks to a RBI-single by Wahl and a stolen base situation that allowed junior outfielder Kayla Schmidt (Garfield Heights) to score from third base. In the top of the seventh, Kenyon led off the inning with a solo homerun to narrow the gap to 3-1. The Ladies would later have bases loaded and scored their second run of the inning on a bases loaded walk, cutting the deficit to 3-2. The run would come with two outs though and Hiram got Kenyon to hit into the game-ending groundout following the bases loaded walk to seal the 3-2 win and the two-game sweep.
Garland started on the mound in game two and picked up her second win of the day to improve to 7-8 overall for the season. She pitched six and two-thirds innings allowing two runs on five hits and had two strikeouts. Sophomore Taylor Miller (Kent/Roosevelt) replaced Garland in the seventh and got the final out for her first save of the season.
Hiram is scheduled to host Allegheny (Pa.) College on Thursday, Apr. 17 in a conference doubleheader at Herndon Field. The first game is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m.