The Hiram College softball team earned a two-game split against Denison University today (Monday, Apr. 14) in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader in Granville. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
In game one, Hiram (8-12, 2-2 NCAC) scored a run in the top of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead that was set up by a double by junior All-NCAC first baseman Chastine Romanello (Phoenix, Ariz./Barry Goldwater). Romanello later scored on a defensive error. Denison (16-8, 4-4 NCAC) tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning and later took the lead with a run in the third on a solo homerun. The Big Red added two runs in the sixth to increase their lead to 4-1. The Terriers scored a run in the top of the seventh on a RBI groundout by Romanello, but it would not be enough as Denison went on to win, 4-2.
As a team, Hiram recorded seven hits in the game and was led by sophomore outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) who finished the game three-of-four at the plate.Romanello and freshman infielder Kelly Langland (Batavia/Archbishop McNicholas) went two-of-three with Romanello adding a run scored and a RBI, while Langlandchipped in with a run scored.
Freshman pitcher Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) was given the loss and is now 3-8 for the season. In five innings, she allowed four runs on nine hits and struck out two batters. Senior Jamie Brown (Louisville) pitched one inning of relief allowing just one hit and had one strikeout.
In game two, Hiram again took an early lead scoring a pair of runs in the top of the second giving the Terriers a 2-0 advantage. The Terriers increased their lead to 3-0 with a run in the fourth thanks to a RBI double by junior All-NCAC shortstop Stephanie Zunic (Canfield). Denison battled back and tied the game with a three-run fifth inning making the score 3-3. Hiram regained the lead for good in the sixth with a two-RBI double by Zunic and solid pitching down the stretch by Padilla, who came on in relief in the fifth, led to a 5-3 victory and a two-game split.
At the plate, Zunic led the Terrier hitters finishing a perfect four-of-four with four RBI.
Padilla pitched two and two-thirds innings to pick up the win and improve to 4-8 overall allowing one run on two hits. Brown started the game and pitched four-and-a-third innings giving up two runs on five hits and tallied one strikeout.
Hiram continues conference play on Wednesday (Apr. 16) when it hosts Allegheny (Pa.) College at the Myrtis E. Herndon Field at 3:30 p.m.