GRANVILLE, OHIO — The third-seeded Hiram College softball team defeated top-seeded Denison University, 8-4, today (Friday, May 6) in its second game of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament hosted by Denison in Granville. [Game Stats]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 24-11 overall and will advance to the championship round of the tournament tomorrow. The Big Red fall to 28-8 overall for the season.
Denison grabbed the game’s first lead with a run in the bottom of the third inning for a 1-0 margin. But the lead wouldn’t last long as Hiram answered in the top half of the fourth with a run on back-to-back doubles by junior All-Region utility player Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) and sophomore All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Revere) to tie the game at 1-1. Denison regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning scoring a run of its own for a 2-1 advantage. Hiram then took control with a four-run fifth, all runs coming with two outs in the inning, highlighted by RBI-single by freshman pitcher Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo) that gave the Terriers a 5-2 lead. Denison cut into the lead scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it a one-run game, 5-4. But the Hiram offense struck again in the top of the sixth with three runs that again scored on back-to-back doubles by Langland and Singer to increase the margin to 8-4. The Big Red threatened one more time in the bottom of the seventh with bases loaded with one out. But Lane recorded consecutive strikeouts for Hiram to end the game and preserve an 8-4 victory.
The Hiram bats were led by Singer who ended the day three-of-four with a run scored and three RBI. Langland and junior outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) each recorded two hits and both finished two-0f-four overall. Both also scored a pair of runs and had a RBI.
On the mound, Lane pitched her second complete game going all seven innings allowing four runs on eight hits and tallied nine strikeouts. The win brings Lane’s season mark to 12-6.
Hiram advances to tomorrow’s (Saturday, May 7) championship round for the first time since the 2009 season when the Terriers captured their first NCAC Tournament title and a first trip to the NCAA postseason. Hiram needs just one more win to claim its second conference championship and will play tomorrow at noon against an opponent yet to be determined.
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