The Hiram College softball team suffered a pair of losses on the final day of competition of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. The Terriers were defeated by Neumann (Pa.) University, 13-1 in five innings, in their morning game and lost to Husson (Maine) University, 14-6 in six innings, in their second game.
In game one, Neumann scored runs in the first three innings, including crossing the plate eight times in the top of the first inning to take an early 8-0 lead. Neumann went on to add a run in the second and two more runs in the third to extend the margin to 11-0. Hiram (5-7) scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning making the score 11-1. Neumann padded its lead with a pair of runs in the fifth and following a scoreless bottom half of the inning by Hiram, the eight-run rule came into effect giving the Knights a 13-1 victory.
On the mound for the Terriers, freshman Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge) was credited with the loss.
LINE SCORE vs. NEUMANN (Pa.):
|WP: Kristin Beaty|
|LP: Meghan Garland|
In the loss against Husson, Hiram struck first with six runs in the top of the first inning. But the Eagles answered with five runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame to cut the deficit to a run, 6-5. Husson took the lead in the second with four runs and then added another un in the third to go up 10-6. The Eagles increased their lead in the fifth thanks to three more runs and put the game away with another run in the six to post the 14-6 victory after six complete innings.
At pitcher for the Terriers, freshman Taylor Miller (Kent/Roosevelt) was given the loss.
LINE SCORE vs. HUSSON (Maine):
|WP: Emily Staples|
|LP: Taylor Miller|
Hiram will return North and is scheduled to travel to Angola, Ind. for a non-conference doubleheader against Trine University on Saturday, Mar. 16. The first game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.