Junior Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) hit one homerun in the doubleheader against Case tying her single-season record, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College softball team lost both games to the Spartans, 5-3 and 9-1 in five innings, in non-conference action in University Circle.
In game one, Case (20-13) got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the second inning to take a 1-0 edge. Hiram (10-20) responded with three runs in the top of the third on back-to-back-to-back solo homeruns by sophomore All-North Coast Athletic Conference outfielder Miranda Wright (Richfield/Revere), Bolanz and sophomoreAngela Perella (Lyndhurst/Beaumont) to give the Terriers a 3-1 lead. The Spartans got one of the runs back in the bottom half of the inning and regained the lead with two more runs in the fourth on a two-run homer to make the score 4-3. Case tacked on an insurance run in the fifth to go up by a pair of runs which turned out to be all the Spartans needed to go on to the 5-3 final.
Offensively for Hiram, the Terriers finished with five hits by five different players. Bolanz finished one-of-two with a run scored and a RBI. Perella was one-of-three with a run scored and RBI, and Wright went one-of-four to go along with a run scored and RBI.
On the mound, freshman Taylor Miller (Kent/Roosevelt) pitched the entire game, but suffered the loss. In seven innings, she allowed five runs on seven hits and struck out four batters.
In the second game, Case took control early scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Hiram narrowed the gap in the top of the second with a solo homerun by Perella, her second of the game, to make the score 3-1. The lone run would be all that crossed home plate for the Terriers as the Spartans went on to add two runs in the second, third and fifth innings to go up by 9-1, putting the eight-run rule into effect and sealing the victory.
The Hiram bats totaled two hits in the game in Perella and sophomore Samantha Zuponcic (Mantua/Crestwood). Both finished one-of-two with Perella adding a run scored and a RBI on the solo homerun.
Miller started game two on the mound for Hiram and pitched one inning allowing five runs on five hits. She would also suffer the loss dropping her to 2-10 overall for the season. Fellow freshman Sarah Berger (Rittman) came on to pitch the final three-and-a-third innings in relief giving up four runs on seven hits.
Hiram is scheduled to host Oberlin College in a NCAC game on Sunday, Apr. 21 at Myrtis E. Herndon Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.