The Hiram College softball team extended its winning streak to three games with a two-game sweep against Penn State-Behrend today (Sunday, Apr. 6) in a non-conference doubleheader at Behrend Field in Erie, Pa. The Terriers defeated the Behrend Lions, 2-0, in the first game and 5-2 in game two. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
In the first game, both teams remained deadlocked at 0-0 until the top of the third inning when Hiram (7-9) junior All-North Coast Athletic Conference shortstop Stephanie Zunic (Canfield) connected on a two-run homerun giving the Terriers a 2-0 lead. Solid pitching and defense by Hiram prevented any Behrend (13-5) runners from scoring and secured a 2-0 shutout.
At the plate, five Terriers recorded hits in the game. Zunic ended the game one-of-three with a run scored and two RBI.
Freshman pitcher Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) went the distance for Hiram to pick up her third win of the season and improve to 3-6 overall for the season. She pitched all seven innings to record her first shutout victory of the season allowing no runs on five hits and struck out three batters.
In the nightcap, Hiram struck first with a run in the top of the first on a defensive error by the Lions to take an early 1-0 lead. Behrend answered with a run in the bottom of the inning and took the lead with run in the second making the score 2-1. The Terriers then scored four unanswered runs with runs in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings including a solo homerun by junior All-NCAC first baseman Chastine Romanello (Phoenix, Ariz./Barry Goldwater) in the sixth as Hiram went on to capture game two by the final of 5-2.
At the plate, Romanello, Zunic and junior utility player Heidi Gipson (Canal Fulton/Northwest) led the Hiram hitters with a pair of hits each. Romanello finished two-of-four with a run scored and two RBI. Zunic finished two-of-three with a pair of runs scored. Gipson ended the game two-of-three and a run scored.
On the mound, Jamie Brown (Louisville) pitched all seven innings to remain perfect on the season and improve to 4-0 overall. She allowed just two runs on eight hits with no walks or strikeouts.
Hiram is scheduled to return to action on Tuesday, Apr. 8 when the Terriers travel to Ada for a rescheduled non-conference doubleheader against Ohio Northern University. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.