The Hiram College softball team won its last four North Coast Athletic Conference games to improve to 8-6 overall in conference play and will make its second straight appearance in postseason play.
The Terriers posted a pair of two-game sweeps against Oberlin College and Kenyon College this past week to qualify for the fourth and final spot in this year’s NCAC Tournament. Hiram will travel to Meadville, Pa. on Friday-Saturday, May 2-3 and will play against Allegheny College in the first game on Friday in the double elimination tournament format. The Gators will the top seed after winning the conference regular-season title with an 11-3 record. Ohio Wesleyan University will be the second-seed and will play against third-seeded Denison University.
Last year, Hiram made its first-ever trip to the NCAC Tournament after posting an identical 8-6 record in conference play and recording a school-record 22 wins for the season (22-14 overall). The Terriers lost their first game against top-seeded Denison, but defeated Wittenberg University later in the afternoon to face Denison for the second time. Hiram eventually lost to the Big Red and were eliminated from the Tournament.
The Terriers will look to build upon last year’s experience at this season’s tournament and contend for a possible NCAC Tournament Championship. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic birth in the 2008 NCAA Division III National Tournament
2008 North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament
hosted by Allegheny College; Meadville, Pa.
Friday-Saturday, May 2-3
1. Allegheny (Pa.) College
2. Ohio Wesleyan University
3. Denison University
4. Hiram College
Friday, May 2
#2 Ohio Wesleyan vs. #3 Denison — 10:00 a.m.
#1 Allegheny vs. #4 Hiram — 12:00 p.m.
OWU/Denison winner vs. Allegheny/Hiram winner — 2:00 p.m.
OWU/Denison loser vs. Allegheny/Hiram loser — 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 3
Winner of Game #4 vs. Loser of Game #3 — 11:00 a.m.
Winner of Game #3 vs. Winner of Game #5 — 1:00 p.m.
Winner of Game #5 vs. Loser Game #3 (if necessary) — 3:00 p.m.