The Hiram College softball team lost a pair of games against Baldwin Wallace University, 5-3 and 12-6, in a non-conference doubleheader at Myrtis E. Herndon Field.
Hiram (6-12) got on the board first with three runs in the bottom of the third inning highlighted by a RBI triple by junior Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) to make the score 3-0. BW (10-4) got one of the runs back in the topr of the fourth on a solo homerun to begin the inning cutting the Terrier lead to 3-1. The Yellow Jackets took the lead in the top of the sixth crossing the plate three time for a 4-3 advantage. BW then tacked on an insurance run in the seventh en route to the 5-3 victory.
Hiram totaled eight hits in game one with freshman Nicole Hoy (Brunswick) finishing with a team-high three hits in four at-bats. Fellow freshman Jessica Wahl and junior Sarah Loyer(Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) both recorded multi-hit games with a pair of two-for-four efforts. Loyer also added a run scored.
On the mound, freshman Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge) started the game and pitched six and two-thirds innings, but suffered the loss having allowed five runs on 10 hits and struck out three batters. Freshman Taylor Miller (Kent/Roosevelt) came on to pitch the final third of an inning in relief giving up no runs or hits and had no strikeouts.
In game two, BW took a commanding lead early with an eight-run top of the first inning for an 8-0 advantage. Hiram scored a run in the bottom half of the inning on a RBI double by sophomore All-North Coast Athletic Conference outfielder Miranda Wright (Richfield/Revere) making the score 8-1 after the first inning of play. The Yellow Jackets added a pair of runs in the third, but Hiram would get one of the runs back in the bottom of the frame thanks to another RBI base hit by Wright. Following a run by the Yellow Jackets in the fifth on a RBI sacrifice fly, the Terriers looked to make a run scoring four runs in the bottom of the inning that included a two-RBI single by sophomore Angella Perella (Lyndhurst/Beaumont) making the score 11-6. BW went on to add an insurance run in the top of the seventh and went on to claim the 12-6 win.
Offensively, Hiram had eight hits in the game and was led by Wright who finished three-of-four with a run scored and two RBI. Loyer finished two-of-four with a pair of runs scored and Perella also went two-for-four to go along with a run scored and two RBI.
Miller started game two for Hiram at pitcher and went a total of an inning-and-a-third allowing eight runs and would suffer the loss, making her 2-6 overall on the year. Garland pitched three and two-thirds innings of relief giving up three runs and struck out two batters. Freshman Sarah Berger (Rittman) pitched two innings allowing a run.
Hiram will return to the field on Saturday, Apr. 6 when the Terriers travel to Wooster for a doubleheader against The College of Wooster in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener. The first game is set to begin at 1 p.m.