HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College softball team earned a two-game split against The College of Wooster today (Tuesday, Apr. 20) in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Myrtis E. Herndon Field. The Terriers won the first game, 2-1, but lost game two, 10-6. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
With the split, Hiram is now 15-13 overall and 5-3 in the NCAC. Wooster is now 18-14 overall and 4-4 NCAC.
In game one, Hiram tallied the game’s first run in the bottom of the third inning and later added another run in the fourth on a RBI triple by sophomore outfielder Marlene Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) to lead 2-0. Wooster would cut the lead in half with a run in the top of the sixth, but solid pitching and defense by the Terriers held the Fighting Scots scoreless for the remainder of the game and hung on for a 2-1 win.
Hiram had four hits in the game with Smith, senior two-time All-NCAC pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale), freshman designated player/first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton) and freshman shortstop Megan Troxell (New Richmond) each recording a base hit.
At pitcher, Dropsey went the distance to earn the win and improved to 11-7 overall. She allowed the lone run on six hits and struck out three batters.
In the nightcap, Wooster took the early lead with two runs in the top of the first and three more in the second for a 5-0 advantage. Hiram pulled to within a run with a score in the second and a three-run third inning making the score 5-4. The Scots increased their lead with a pair of runs in the fourth, but the Terriers answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning thanks to a RBI fielder’s choice by second baseman Ashley Crowder (North Lewisburg/Triad) to trail 7-5. Wooster went on to add a run in the fifth and Hiram answered the run again in the sixth with a RBI single by junior first baseman Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas). The Scots added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh, but the Terriers would threaten with bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, but could not score any runs as Wooster captured game two by the final of 10-6.
Both teams hit well in the game with the margin going in favor of the Scots, 18-16. Hiram was led at the plate by Dropsey and junior catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield) who both finished three-of-four. Ervin also added a pair of RBI. Four other Terriers each finished the game with two hits.
On the mound, Dropsey would get the start and pitch a total of three innings, but would suffer the loss and drops to 11-8 overall. She allowed six runs on eight hits and had one strikeout. Junior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) pitched a third of an inning of relief given up one run on two hits. Junior Alati Gagne (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) pitched three and two-thirds innings allowing three runs on eight hits.
Hiram will travel to Granville for a NCAC doubleheader against Denison University on Saturday, Apr. 24. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
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.