The Hiram College softball team lost both games of a non-conference doubleheader against Westminster (Pa.) College, 6-5 in 10 innings and 3-2, in New Wilmington, Pa.
In game one, Hiram (5-7) struck first scoring two runs in the top of the first inning on a RBI-triple by junior All-North Coast Athletic Conference outfielder Miranda Wright (Richfield/Revere) and a RBI-single by freshman pitcher/first baseman Brittany Zajac (Corry, Pa./Corry). The Terriers increased their lead to 3-0 with a run in the third thanks to RBI-double by senior All-Region catcher Jess Bolanz(Randolph/Waterloo), but Westminster (8-4) answered the score with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning to trail 3-1. The Titans went on to score runs in the fifth and seventh innings to even the game at 3-3, sending the game into extras. The two teams remained deadlocked at 3-3 until the top of the 10th inning when the Terriers got two runners across homeplate with a RBI-double by Wright and a RBI-single by Bolanz to make the score 5-3. Westminster rallied again with two runs to tie the game and would record the game-winning run later in the frame with a bases loaded single to take the 6-5 win.
Hiram had 10 hits in the game with four players finishing with multiple hits. Wright finished two-of-four with three runs scored and two RBI. Bolanz also went two-of-four and had two RBI. Zajac and senior All-NCAC outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) were two-of-five with Zajac adding a RBI and Loyer scoring two runs.
On the mound, sophomore Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge) started the game and pitched a total of seven-and-a-third innings. She would be replaced by fellow sophomore Taylor Miller (Kent/Roosevelt) in the sixth, but would come back in the ninth to finish the game. Garland would be credited with the loss and is now 3-5 on the year after allowing five runs on 10 hits and struck out two batters. Miller pitched a total of two-and-a-third innings giving up a run on no hits and had two strikeouts.
In game two, Hiram again struck early with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Bolanz and a RBI-single by Zajac. The Titans got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning to cut the Terrier lead in half, 2-1. Westminster later evened the score at 2-2 thanks to a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third. The difference maker would come in the bottom of the sixth when the Titans capitalized with a sacrifice fly with runners on second and third giving Westminster a 3-2 lead heading into the final inning. In the top of the seventh, Hiram led-off with a single and would later have runners at second and third, but with two outs. The Terriers could not get the game-tying or possible go-ahead run across homeplate as Hiram would record the final out allowing Westminster to post the 3-2 victory.
Hiram ended game two with five hits, all coming from five separate players. Wright finished one-of-four with a run scored and Zajac was one-of-three to go along with a RBI. Loyer had a hit in three attempts and sophomore outfielder Danielle Latine (Eastlake/North) was one-of-two. Freshman outfielder Dana Perrotta (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) recorded a base hit in her only at-bat to round out the players who reached base safely via a base hit.
Miller started the nightcap on the hill and pitched three innings giving up two runs on a hit. Zajac pitched two-and-a-third innings in relief allowing one run on three hits. Garland came on to pitch two-thirds of an inning and allowed no runs and one hit.
Hiram is scheduled to host Geneva (Pa.) College in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, Mar. 26 at Myrtis E. Herndon Field in the home opener. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.