The Hiram College softball team split a pair games against Wittenberg University, 5-1 and 4-2, in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Myrtis E. Herndon Field.
The Terriers are now 12-14 overall this season and 4-4 in the NCAC. The Tigers are now 22-10 overall and 7-3 NCAC following the split.
In the first game, Hiram got on the board first with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI-double by sophomore outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ont./St. Joseph’s) and a RBI-single by freshman pitcher Taylor Charles (Akron/Ellet) to make the score 2-0. But Wittenberg rallied scoring a run in the top of the second to cut the Terrier lead in half, 2-1. Hiram struck again in the bottom of the third with two more runs thanks to a two-RBI single by freshman designated player/catcher Taylor Petersal (Warren/Champion) to extend the margin to 4-1. The Terriers went on to tack on an insurance run in the fourth on another RBI base hit by Loyer to round out the scoring for the 5-1 victory.
Offensively, Hiram posted 11 hits in the game with Loyer, senior All-Region outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) and freshman second baseman Angela Perella (Lyndhurst/Beaumont) each recording two hits. Loyer finished the game two-of-four with a run scored and two RBI. Cooney went two-of-three with a pair of runs scored and Perella also finished two-of-three at the plate.
On the hill, Charles got the start and pitched the entire game to pick up the win and improve to 8-6 for the season. She allowed just the lone run on eight hits and struck out three batters.
In game two, it was the Tigers who struck first with two runs in the top of the first to take the early advantage. Wittenberg added runs in the third and sixth innings and managed to keep the Hiram offense at bay until the bottom of the sixth when sophomore shortstop Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) hit a two-run homerun to cut the deficit in half, 4-2. The score remained the same heading into the bottom of the seventh and Wittenberg got the Terriers to record two quick outs. Cooney and Loyer both reach base following the back-to-back outs, but Hiram could not get them across to tie the game as Wittenberg held on for the 4-2 win.
Bolanz and senior third baseman Ashley Pike (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) recorded two hits in the game to lead the Hiram hitters. Bolanz ended the game two-of-three with a run scored and two RBI while Pike also finished two-of-three overall.
Senior Amethyst Brigham (Middlefield/Ohio State) started game two and pitched six innings allowing four runs on five hits and had three strikeouts. She was also the pitcher of record and suffered the loss, dropping her to 3-6 overall on the year. Charles pitched one inning of relief allowing no hits or runs.
Hiram will begin a three-game road trip beginning with a NCAC doubleheader against Ohio Wesleyan University on Tuesday, Apr. 17 in Delaware. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.