The Hiram College softball team lost a pair of games against Ohio Northern University today (Tuesday, Apr. 8) in a non-conference doubleheader in Ada. The Terriers lost both games in six innings by the scores of 12-4 and 9-1. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
In the first game, ONU (16-6) led 3-0 after three innings of play scoring two runs in the second and one in the third. Hiram (7-11) got on the board in the fourth with a pair of RBI singles by freshman Leah Shema (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) and junior Rosie Frank (Strongsville/Parma Heights Holy Name) cutting the deficit to 3-2. But the Polar Bears responded scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning to extend their lead to 6-2. Junior All-NCAC first baseman Chastine Romanello (Phoenix, Ariz.,/Barry Goldwater) added a pair of runs for the Terriers with a two-run homerun in the fifth, her third of the season and second straight game with a homerun, making the score 6-4. ONU again responded with two runs in the fifth and four runs in the sixth resulting in the eight-run rule and a 12-4 victory.
Romanello and sophomore Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) led the Hiram hitters with a pair of hits each. Romanello finished two-of-three with two runs scored and two RBI. Dropsey went two-of-three with a run scored.
On the mound, Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) got the nod and suffered the loss dropping her to 3-7 for the season. In three innings pitched, she allowed three runs on six hits and struck out two batters. Freshman Ashley Crowder (North Lewisburg/Triad) came on in the fourth, pitching one and two-thirds innings of relief giving up five runs on six hits with one strikeout. Senior Jamie Brown (Louisville) finished the game, pitching two-thirds of an inning allowing four runs on four hits and no strikeouts.
In the nightcap, Hiram took an early 1-0 lead thanks to a solo shot by junior Stephanie Zunic (Canfield), her second of the season, in the top of the first. ONU tied the game at 1-1 with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning. The run was part of nine unanswered as the Polar Bears tallied a run in the third, one in the fourth, four in the fifth and two in the sixth invoking the eight-run rule for the second consecutive game and a 9-1 win.
Zunic led the Terrier hitters with a one-of-three performance at the plate including a run scored and a RBI.
On the hill, freshman Alati Gagne (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) got the start pitching four-and-a-third innings and suffered her third loss of the season falling to 0-3 overall. She allowed five runs on seven hits and struck out one batter. Brown and Crowder each pitched two-thirds ofan inning and gave up a combined four runs on five hits with no strikeouts.
Hiram is scheduled to resume North Coast Athletic Conference play on Saturday (Apr. 12) when it hosts Wittenberg University at the Myrtis E. Herndon Field. The first pitch of the opening game is scheduled for 1 p.m.