The Hiram College softball team lost a pair of games against Allegheny (Pa.) College today (Wednesday, Apr. 16) in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader at the Myrtis E. Herndon Field. The Terriers lost the first game, 6-1, and lost the nightcap, 8-7 in eight innings. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
In the first game, Allegheny (18-12, 8-2 NCAC) got on the board early with a pair of runs in the first and added four more runs in the sixth, including a three-run homerun, to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Hiram (8-14, 2-4 NCAC) scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning on a RBI single with two outs by freshman Kelly Langland (Batavia/Archbishop McNicholas) that was set up by a lead-off double by junior second baseman Rosie Frank (Strongsville/Parma Heights Holy Name) earlier in the inning. But the rally ended there, as the Gators held on for a 6-1 victory.
Langland and sophomore outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) led the Hiram hitters both finishing two-of-three. Langland also tallied the lone RBI.
On the mound, freshman Alati Gagne (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) started the game and pitched three-and-a-third total innings suffering her fourth loss of the season and dropping her to 0-4 for the season. She allowed two runs on six hits and had two strikeouts. Senior Jamie Brown (Louisville) and freshman Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) also saw action with Brown pitching three innings giving up one run on two hits. Padilla pitched two-thirds of an inning and allowed three runs on four hits.
In the second game, the Terriers offense struck early with a run in the first and three runs in the second on back-to-back doubles by freshman outfielder Jenna Ervin (Canfield) and junior All-NCAC utility player Heidi Gipson (Canal Fulton/Northwest) to begin the inning, and a RBI triple by Frank who also scored on the same play thanks to a throwing error to give Hiram a 4-0 lead. But Allegheny tallied six runs in the top of the third to take a 6-4 advantage. The Gators added a run in the fourth, but Hiram answered with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning to keep the deficit at a pair of runs making the score 7-5. In the bottom of the seventh, Dropsey cut the lead to 7-6 with a RBI triple and would later tie the game at 7-7 scoring on a wild pitch sending the game into extra innings. Allegheny scored a run in the top of the eighth to regain the lead at 8-7 and managed to enduce three consecutive Hiram outs to capture an 8-7 victory and the two-game sweep.
Despite the loss, the Terriers recorded 12 hits and were led by junior All-NCAC shortstop Stephanie Zunic (Canfield), Gipson and junior All-NCAC outfielder Megan Samuel (Olmsted Falls) who all ended the game with two hits. Zunic finished two-of-three overall with two runs scored and a RBI. Gipson went two-of-four including a run scored and a RBI while Samuel finished a perfect two-of-two at the plate.
Gagne started the game at pitcher lasting two and two-thirds innings allowing six runs on four hits and had one strikeout. Brown came on in relief and was given her first loss of the season falling to 4-1 overall. In five-and-a-third innings, she gave up two runs on nine hits and struck out one batter.
Hiram will look to get back on track on Saturday, Apr. 19 when it travels to Delaware for a NCAC doubleheader against Ohio Wesleyan University. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.