GRANVILLE, OHIO — The Hiram College softball team lost a pair of games against Denison University, 5-4 and 2-0, tonight (Friday, Apr. 30) in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader in Granville. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
With the losses, the Terriers are now 18-15 overall and 7-5 in the NCAC. The Big Red improve to 25-13 overall and 9-3 NCAC.
In game one, Hiram scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning on a RBI double by freshman designated hitter/first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton) to give the Terriers an early 1-0 lead. Denison tied the game with a score in the bottom of the second and took the lead with a three-run third giving the Big Red a 4-1 advantage. Hiram then got to within a run on a two-RBI single by senior two-time All-NCAC pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) in the top of the fourth narrowing the gap to 4-3. But Denison added a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning to increase the margin to 5-3. The Terriers would make some noise in their final at-bats and would score on a wild pitch with two outs, but would not cross home plate again as Denison hung on for the 5-4 victory.
Hiram would outhit Denison, 12-9, and was led by Dropsey and freshman Megan Troxell (New Richmond) who both finished three-of-four at the plate. Dropsey would also add two RBI while Troxell had a run scored. Junior first baseman Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) added a pair of hits going two-of-four and scored a run.
On the mound, Dropsey pitched the entire game, but suffered the loss and is now 13-9 overall. She allowed five runs on nine hits and struck out five batters in six innings.
In the nightcap, Denison took an early lead scoring runs in the first and second innings for a 2-0 advantage. The two scores would prove to be all that the Big Red would need as Hiram tallied four hits in the game, but no runs, and went on to the 2-0 final.
Dropsey was the only Hiram player to record multiple hits finishing two-of-three at the plate.
Dropsey would also pitch a complete game in the nightcap, but would fall to 13-10 overall for the season after allowing two runs on seven hits and struck out two batters.
Hiram will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, May 1) with a NCAC doubleheader against Wittenberg University in the regular season and home finale at Myrtis E. Herndon Field. It will also be senior day with the first game scheduled to begin at noon.
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.