GRANVILLE, OHIO — The Hiram College softball team was defeated by Ohio Wesleyan University, 6-1, today (Friday, May 7) in the first game of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament hosted by Denison University in Granville. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers drop to 20-16 overall and will play in the first elimination game of the tournament later today. The Battling Bishops improve to 24-13 overall and will take on the winner of the Denison/Wittenberg matchup later this afternoon.
OWU got on the board in the bottom of the first inning on a bases loaded walk to take a 1-0 lead. Hiram would threaten to tie or take the lead with runners on second and third in the fifth inning, but would not be able to cross home plate. The Bishops would take advantage by scoring three runs in the bottom of the inning and got some breathing room extending the lead to 4-0. The Terriers ended the possible shutout in the top of the sixth on a RBI single by junior catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield) making the score 4-1. OWU answered the Hiram run with two runs of its own in the bottom of the sixth and would go on to the 6-1 final.
At the plate, Hiram ended the game with five hits with five different Terriers each reaching base safely. Ervin ended the game one-of-two with a RBI. Junior first baseman Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) went one-of-three and scored a run.
On the mound, senior two-time first-team All-NCAC pitcher Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) pitched got the start, but was given the loss and is now 14-11 overall. She allowed four runs on four hits hits and struck out four batters in four and two-thirds innings. Junior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) came on in the fifth and pitched the final inning-and-a-third giving up two runs on two hits and tallied one strikeout.
Hiram will play the loser of the Denison/Wittenberg game at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon with the loser of that game being eliminated from the tournament.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495, by FAX at (330) 569-5392 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.