The Hiram College softball and baseball teams have started out its individual 2008 seasons strong having reached the mid-way point of its annual spring trips to Florida.
The Terrier softball team has faced some tough competition so far this season and currently has a 3-3 overall record. Hiram has earned two-game splits each of the first three days of the trip posting victories against Ursinus (Pa.) College, Transylvania (Ky.) University and Emmanuel (Mass.) College.
Hiram opened play on Sunday (Mar. 9) against Anderson (Ind) University. The game remained deadlocked at 0-0 after regulation and the Ravens tallied four runs in the top of the eighth to take a 4-0 lead. The Terriers scored a run in the bottom half of the inning, but the rally fell short resulting in the 4-1 loss. Hiram rebounded in the nightcap against Ursinus despite trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. The Terriers scored two runs in the inning and recordednine hitsin the game for a 3-2 come-from-behind victory. Junior All-NCAC shortstop Stephanie Zunic (Canfield)finished a combined three-of-seven at the plate for the day with a run scored and a run batted in.
The Terriers began the second dayin similar fashion to the first beginning with a matchup against Defiance College in which the score would be tied at 1-1 after seven innings. The Yellow Jackets scored a runin the top of theeighth and heldHiram scoreless to hang on for a 2-1 victory. Hiram made short work of Transylvania in the second game scoring eight runs in the first three innings including a five-run second inning. The Terriers allowed just one hit for the gameand cruisedto an 8-0 victory in five innings. Sophomore pitcher/outfielderWhitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) finished three-of-four at the plate for the day with two runs scored.
On Tuesday (Mar. 11), Hiram fell short in its first game of the day against Simpson (Iowa) College losing 2-0 and committed four errors in the game. But the Terriers rallied in the second game for the third straight day and claimed a second consecutive victory needing just five innings of play. Hiram tallied 14 hits against Emmanuel and led 8-1 after four innings including scoring seven runs in the fourth. Hiram added another run in the bottom of the fifth resulting in the 9-1 win in five innings.
On the mound, freshman Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony)has pitched a team-leading 21 innings and is 1-2 with a 0.33 earned run average. She has also struck out a team-best 10 batters. Senior Jamie Brown (Louisville) has tallied two victories for a 2-0 record after six games. She has pitched six innings with a 2.33 ERA and one strikeout.
The softball team will resume play on Thursday (Mar. 13) with games against Lake Forest (Ill.) College at 9 a.m. followed by a matchup against Coe (Iowa) College at 1 p.m.
The Hiram baseball team is 2-2 overall after four games with victories against Ursinus (Pa.) College and Penn State-Behrend.
The Terriers began play on Sunday (Mar. 9) with a doubleheader against Ursinus. Hiram jumped out to an early 9-0 lead after four innings including scoring seven runs in the fourth. The Bears tallied five funs in the top of the fifth and sixth, but the Terriers scored three runs in the bottom half of the fifth and added a pair of runs in the sixth to hang on for a 14-10 victory. In the nightcap, Ursinus led 5-1 after the first inning and led 14-2 heading into the final frame. Hiram scored a run in the top of the seventh, but could not overcome a 12-run deficit as the Terriers lost 14-3. Senior infielder Frank Liscio (Port St. Lucie, Fla./Port St. Lucie) and junior outfielder Craig Dobos (Warren/Howland) each finished a combined four-of-seven at the plate. Liscio also scored a run and drove in two runs. Dobos scored a run and had three RBI.
On the second day, Hiram played a single nine-inning game against Penn-State Behrend. The game would be tied at 3-3 after three innings of play before the Behrend Lions scored three unaswered runs to take a 6-3 advantage. In the bottom of the eighth inning, sophomore infielder Kyle Kovach (Garfield Heights) hit a base clearing triple as part of a four-run inning giving Hiram a 7-6 lead. The Terriers held PSU-Behrend scoreless in the top of the ninth and held on to a 7-6 come-from-behind victory. Dobos led the Hiram hitters with three hits in four attempts with three runs scored and a RBI.
On Tuesday, Hiram stumbled in a nine-inning game against Manhattanville (N.Y.) College allowing 14 runs on 10 hits. The Terriers trailed 4-2 after four innings, but the Valiants scored 10 unanswered runs in the final five innings to go on to the 14-2 final. Dobos again led Hiram at the plate finishing two-of-three with a run scored.
After four games, Dobos is currently batting an impressive .643 (nine-of-14) with five runs scored and four RBI.
On the mound, senior Don Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley) and sophomore Jeff Papesh (Garfield Heights) lead the way with 1-0 records. Marsh has pitched five innings allowing five runs, no earned runs, and four strikeouts. Papesh has pitched three innings with a 3.00 ERA allowing one run and striking out a team-leading five batters.
The baseball team resumes play tomorrow (Thursday, Mar. 13) with a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Kenyon College beginning at noon.