The Hiram College softball team earned a split against The College of Wooster today (Thursday, Apr. 3) in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader at the Myrtis E. Herndon Field in Hiram. The Terriers lost the first game, 4-3 in nine innings, but won the nightcap, 10-6. [Game One Box] [Game Two Box]
In the first game, Wooster (11-9, 1-1 NCAC) struck first with a run in the second inning to take an early 1-0 advantage. Hiram (5-9, 1-1 NCAC) tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning on a RBI single by junior utility player Heidi Gipson (Canal Fulton/Northwest) that was set up by an earlier triple by junior All-NCAC first baseman Chastine Romanello (Phoenix, Ariz./Barry Goldwater). The Fighting Scots regained the lead with a pair of runs in the sixth, but the Terriers answered with back-to-back runs in the sixth and seventh that included a solo homerun by Romanello and a RBI double by sophomore outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) to tie the game at 3-3 and send the game into extra innings. Neither team would score until the ninth inning when Wooster tallied a run taking a 4-3 lead. Strong defensive play by the Scots kept the Terriers from scoring a run preserving a 4-3 victory.
Dropsey, Romanello and junior outfielder Megan Samuel (Olmsted Falls) led the Hiram hitters with a pair of hits each. Dropsey also added a RBI. Romanello tallied a RBI and scored a run in addition to her two hits.
On the mound, freshman Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) went the distance pitching all nine innings and is now 2-6 for the season following the loss. She allowed four runs on 12 hits and struck out two batters.
In the nightcap, Wooster jumped out to an early 4-0 lead with four runs in the top of the first. Hiram answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a RBI triple byRomanello who also scored on the play on a fielding error by the Scots. The Terriers took the lead scoring three runs in the third highlighted by a two-RBI single by freshman third baseman Kelly Langland (Batavia/Archbishop McNicholas) with bases loaded giving Hiram a 5-4 advantage. Wooster tallied runs in the fourth and sixth innings, but the Terriers scored three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth en route to the 10-6 final.
At the plate, Romanello led the way finishing a perfect three-of-three at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored. Langland also ended the game with three hits (three-of-four overall) with a pair of RBIs and a run scored. Freshman outfielder Jena Ervin (Canfield) finished two-of-four with a RBI.
Senior Jamie Brown (Louisville) picked up her third win of the season to improve to 3-0 overall. She pitched five innings allowing three runs on eight hits and one strikeout. Freshman Alati Gagne (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) started the game, but was replaced by Brown giving up three runs on one hit and a pair of walks. Padilla finished the game pitching the last two innings allowing just a hit and tallied one strikeout.
Hiram returns to action tomorrow (Friday, Apr. 4) in a scheduled non-conference doubleheader against Penn State-Behrend in Erie, Pa. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.