ERIE, PA. — After losing the first game and falling behind to begin the second, the Hiram College softball team rallied with eight unanswered runs to earn a two-game split against Penn State-Behrend in a non-conference doubleheader today (Thursday, Apr. 15) in Erie, Pa. The Terriers lost the first game, 5-4, but won the nightcap, 8-6. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
With the split, Hiram is now 14-10 overall and the Lions are now 12-10 overall for the season.
In game one, Hiram jumped out early with four runs in the top of the first inning on a series of run-scoring defensive errors and a RBI single by freshman shortstop Megan Troxell (New Richmond). The Terriers would not cross the plate again in the game as PSU-Behrend would score two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth for the 5-4 victory.
Hiram tallied nine hits in the game and was led by senior two-time All-NCAC pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) who batted three-of-four with a run scored. Six other Terriers would reach base safely via a base hit.
Junior pitcher Alati Gagne (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) started the game and pitched four-and-a-third innings allowing four runs on three hits. She would also be credited with the loss and is now 1-3 overall. Fellow junior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) pitched the final inning and two-thirds giving up one run on three hits and struck out one batter.
In the nightcap, it would be Behrend who would grab the early lead with a four-run second inning. But Hiram later evened the game at 4-4 with four runs in the fourth inning thanks to a two-RBI single by freshman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton) and a two-RBI double by junior outfielder Marlene Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity). Both teams added a pair of runs in the fifth with Hiram’s runs coming on a two-RBI single by sophomore third baseman Ashley Pike (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo), making the score 6-6. The Terriers tallied the game-winning runs in the top of the seventh with two scores on a RBI single by junior outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) and a defensive error en route to the 8-6 win.
At the plate, two Terriers finished the game with two hits, led by senior second baseman Ashley Crowder (North Lewisburg/Triad) who finished two-of-two with a run scored. Dropsey ended the game two-of-four with a run scored and a RBI.
On the hill, freshman Sarah Bogdan (Strongsville) would get the start and pitched five innings allowing six runs on nine hits and had one strikeout. Dropsey came on in the sixth and finished the game to claim her 10th win of the season and improve to 10-5 overall. Dropsey pitched two perfect innings allowing no runs, hits or walks and struck out three batters.
Hiram is scheduled to host Kenyon College on Saturday, Apr. 17 in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Myrtis E. Herndon Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
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