HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College softball team posted a pair of wins, including an 11-inning marathon victory, against Allegheny (Pa.) College in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader on Sunday (Apr. 11) at Myrtis E. Herndon Field. The Terriers defeated the Gators, 4-0, in game one, and erased a three-run deficit in game two to win, 4-3, in 11 innings. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
Following the doubleheader, Hiram improves to 13-9 overall and 4-0 in the NCAC. Allegheny is now 8-11 overall and 1-3 NCAC.
In game one, the contest remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when Hiram broke the stalemate with three runs highlighted by a two-RBI double by junior catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield). The Terriers tacked on another run in the sixth on a RBI single by senior All-NCAC pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) as Hiram shut out Allegheny, 4-0.
Dropsey pitched all seven innings on the mound for Hiram to claim her eighth win of the season and improve to 8-5 overall. The win was also her third shutout victory of the season as she allowed no runs on five hits and struck out seven batters.
In the nightcap, Allegheny led 3-0 after scoring a run in the top of the second inning and two more runs in the fourth. Hiram went on to score a run in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings that included a RBI double by sophomore third baseman Ashley Pike (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) in the seventh to tie the game at 3-3 and resulted in extra innings. The score remained deadlocked a 3-3 until the bottom of the 11th inning when Dropsey recorded the game-winning RBI single that gave the Terriers a 4-3 come-from-behind victory and the two-game sweep.
Junior pitcher Alati Gagne (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) started the game and pitched two innings allowing one run on two hits. Junior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) came on to pitch an inning-and-a-third of relief giving up two runs on one hit. Dropsey pitched the final seven and two-thirds innings to record the win and improve to 9-5 overall. She pitched a total of 14 and two-thirds scoreless innings on the day allowing no runs on three hits, while striking out four batters in game two.
Hiram will host Kenyon College on Saturday, Apr. 17 in a NCAC doubleheader at Herndon Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
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