UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHIO — The Hiram College softball team lost a pair of games against John Carroll University today (Thursday, Mar. 18) in a non-conference doubleheader in University Heights. The Terriers dropped the first game, 3-1, and fell in the nightcap, 15-2, in five innings. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
Following today’s doubleheader, the Terriers are now 4-8 overall, while the Blue Streaks improve to 7-5 overall for the season.
In game one, JCU crossed the plate twice in the bottom of the third inning and once more in the fourth to lead 3-0. Hiram got on the board with a run in the sixth on a RBI sacrifice fly by sophomore outfielder Erin Kellar (Canal Fulton/Northwest) with bases loaded. The run would come with two outs and following a walk to load the bases again, JCU managed to record the final out and hang on for a 3-1 victory.
At the plate, Hiram tallied four hits in the game with sophomore outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad), junior first baseman Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas), freshman designated player Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton) and freshman shortstop Megan Troxell (New Richmond) all reaching base safely.
On the mound, senior All-NCAC pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) pitched all six innings, but suffered the loss and is now 2-5 overall. She allowed three runs on six hits and had one strikeout.
In the second game, the Blue Streaks again grabbed an early lead with two runs in the second. Hiram evened the score in the top of the third with a RBI squeeze bunt by Cooney and a RBI single by Langland, making the score 2-2. But JCU answered the Terrier scores with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning and took a 5-2 advantage. The Blue Streaks then took control of the game with a 10-run fourth inning, putting the game out of reach to claim a 15-2 win and the two-game sweep.
Hiram was led at the plate by senior second baseman Ashley Crowder (North Lewisburg/Triad) who finished two-for-two with a run scored.
Four Terriers would see playing time at pitcher in the nightcap with junior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) getting the start and pitched two and two-thirds innings. Padilla would be given her first loss of the season, dropping her to 2-1 overall, allowing five runs on seven hits with one strikeout.
Hiram is scheduled to host Geneva (Pa.) College on Saturday, Mar. 20 in a non-conference doubleheader and home opener at Myrtis E. Herndon Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
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