The Hiram College softball team lost a pair of games today (Saturday, Mar. 29) against Defiance College in a non-conference doubleheader at Sal Hench Field in Defiance. The Terriers were defeated in game one, 5-0, and lost, 10-4, in the nightcap. [Game One Box] [Game Two Box]
Following today’s games, Hiram falls to 4-8 overall while Defiance improves to 6-7 overall for the season,
In game one, the Yellow Jackets scored runs in the bottom of the second and fourth innings to lead 2-0. Defiance took control of the game with a three-run sixth inning extending the lead to 5-0. Impressive pitching by Defiance held Hiram to tally just one hit in the game and held the Terriers scoreless en route to the 5-0 shutout.
Sophomore pitcher Ashley Crowder (North Lewisburg/Triad) was given the loss and is now 0-1 overall. She pitched three-and-a-third innings allowing two runs on three hits and recorded one strikeout. Senior Jamie Brown (Louisville) came on in the fourth inning allowing three runs on three hits in two complete innings pitched. Freshman Alati Gagne (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) pitched two-thirds of an inning with no runs scored or hits allowed.
In the second game, Hiram got on the boardearly with a run in the first, but Defiance answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning and added another run in the third, increasing the lead to 4-1. The Terriers narrowed the gap with a pair of runs in the fifth thanks to a two-RBI single by junior All-NCAC first baseman Chastine Romanello (Phoenix, Ariz./Barry Goldwater) making the score 4-3. Defiance again responded with a run in the bottom of the fifth and scored five runs in the sixth to take a commanding 10-3 lead heading into the final inning of play. Hiram crossed the plate once in the top of the seventh with a RBI double by Romanello, her third RBI of the game, but the rally ended there as the Yellow Jackets cruised to a 10-4 final.
Junior All-NCAC shortstop Stephanie Zunic (Canfield) led the Hiram hitters finishing three-of-four with three runs scored. Romanello ended the day two-of-four at the plate and drove in three runs.
On the mound, freshman Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) started the game and was given the loss, now 2-5 overall, lasting three innings allowing four runs on three hits and struck out three batters. Gagne pitched two and two-thirds innings of relief giving up six runs on five hits and Brown pitched a third of an inning allowing just a lone base hit.
Hiram is scheduled to play a non-conference doubleheader against the College of Mount St. Joseph tomorrow (Sunday, Mar. 30) in Cincinnati. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.