The Hiram College softball team lost a pair of games against DePauw (Ind.) University, 6-4 and 7-1, in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Myrtis E. Herndon Field.
In game one, Hiram (7-15, 1-3 NCAC) took the early lead scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI-double by junior All-NCAC outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) and a RBI single by sophomore All-NCAC outfielder Miranda Wright(Richfield/Revere) for a 2-0 advantage. The lead remained two runs for the Terriers until DePauw (10-12, 6-0 NCAC) recorded back-to-back innings with three runs in the third and fourth to go up, 6-2. Hiram chipped away at the deficit with a run in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a RBI single by sophomore Janie Linger (Akron/Firestone) and another run in the sixth on a RBI single by freshman Danielle Latine (Eastlake/North) to make the score 6-4. But the rally would fall short for the Terriers as no runs were scored by either team in the seventh resulting in a 6-4 win for the Tigers.
Both teams hit well at the plate, but the edge would go in favor of DePauw, 13-11. The Terriers had three players record mulit-hit games. Loyer and freshman Jessica Wahl(Akron/Ellet) both went two-of-three with Wahl adding a run scored and Loyer scored to runs in addition to a RBI. Linger rounded out the mult-hit efforts with a two-for-four performance and a RBI.
On the mound, freshman Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge) started the game and pitched three-and-a-third innings giving up six runs and struck out one batter. She was also credited with the loss and is now 5-6 overall for the season. Freshman Sarah Berger (Rittman) pitched three and two-thirds innings in relief allowing no runs and had two strikeouts.
In game two, DePauw took the early lead crossing the plate four times in the top of the first inning for a 4-0 advantage. Hiram got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fifth to cut the deficit to 4-1. But the Tigers put the game away in the sixth scoring three more runs en route to the 7-1 final.
Hiram would also have three players record a pair of hits in game two with freshman Nicole Hoy (Brunswick) finishing two-of-three and a run scored. Wahl and Loyer both ended the game two-of-four at the plate.
On the hill, Berger started the game and pitched a third of an inning allowing three runs. Freshman Taylor Miller (Kent/Roosevelt) came on to pitch six and two-thirds innings in relief giving up four runs.
Hiram will travel to Gambier for a NCAC twinbill against Kenyon College on Friday, Apr. 12. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.