The Hiram College softball team lost both games of a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Denison University, 2-0 and 6-5, in Granville.
Denison (9-7, 3-3 NCAC) was the first to score any runs in game one when the Big Red managed to get two runners home in the bottom of the third inning on a double with bases loaded to grab a 2-0 lead. The lead remained the same for Denison throughout, but Hiram (5-13, 0-4 NCAC) would threaten in the top of the seventh with runners on first and second. The potential tying runs came with two outs and the Big Red would get the Terriers to hit into the game-ending out before any runs could score giving Denison the 2-0 shutout.
Hiram recorded four hits in the game with two of those hits coming from sophomore outfielder Danielle Latine (Eastlake/North) who finished two-of-three overall. The other two base hits were by senior All-NCAC outfieler Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) who was one-of-two and freshman pitcher/first baseman) Brittany Zajac (Corry, Pa./Corry) who ended the game one-of-three.
Sophomore Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge) started the game at pitcher for Hiram and went the distance, but would be credited with the loss. In six innings, she allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out two batters.
In game two, Denison grabbed the early lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. Hiram then scored five unanswered runs, including four runs in the top of the third on three RBI base hits by senior All-Region catcher Jess Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo), junior second baseman Angela Perella (Lyndhurst/Beaumont), sophomore Nicole Hoy (Brunswick) and a RBI fielder’s choice by Zajac. The Terriers’ other run came in the fourth on a bases loaded walk by Latine as the Hiram lead grew to 5-2. But Denison rallied scoring a run in the fifth and two more runs in the sixth to even the score at 5-5. The Big Red would then tally the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a single with bases loaded to claim the 6-5 come-from-behind victory.
The two teams combined for 24 base hits with Hiram posting 10 hits. Three Terriers recorded multi-hit games with Latine finishing two-of-three to go along with a RBI. Zajac and freshman utility playerEmily Syrjala (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Prep) both went two-of-four with Zajac scoring a run and a RBI, while Syrjala added a run scored.
On the mound, sophomore Taylor Miller (Kent/Roosevelt) started the game and pitched five-and-a-third innings allowing five runs on eight hits and struck out three batters. Garland came on to pitch the final two-thirds and gave up one run on six hits and had one strikeout. She was also credited with the loss in game two and is now 3-9 overall for the season.
Hiram is scheduled to host Chatham (Pa.) University in a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday, Apr. 10 at Myrtis E. Herndon Field in the home opener. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.