The Hiram College softball team split a non-conference doubleheader against Chatham (Pa.) University winning the first game, 6-3, but falling to the Cougars in game two, 4-3, in Pittsburgh, Pa.
In game one, Hiram (6-10) scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning on a two-RBI homerun by junior Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) to give the Terriers an early 2-0 lead. But Chatham (3-11) answered with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning to lead 3-2 after the first inning of play. Hiram then evened the score in the second on a defensive error that allowed a run to score tying the game at 3-3. The game remained deadlocked until the fifth inning when Bolanz hit a two-RBI single giving the lead back to Hiram, 5-3. The Terriers went on to tack on an insurance run in the seventh on a RBI ground-rule double by junior Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) en route to the 6-3 victory.
Hiram was led offensively by Bolanz who finished two-of-four overall at the plate to go along with a run scored and four RBI. Also recording a multi-hit game was freshman Jessica Wahl(Akron/Ellet) who went two-of-four and scored a pair of runs.
Freshman pitcher Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge) started the game and pitched one inning allowing three runs on four hits. Fellow freshman Taylor Miller (Kent/Roosevelt) came on to pitch the final six innings in relief and recorded the win after surrendering no runs on three hits and struck out six batters.
In game two, Hiram again jumped out early scoring a run in the first thanks to a RBI double by sophomore All-North Coast Athletic Conference outfielder Miranda Wright(Richfield/Revere) to lead 1-0. Two innings later, the Terriers added another run on a RBI ground-rule double by Bolanz to make the score 2-0. But Chatham took the lead with a four-run bottom of the third inning to move ahead, 4-2. Hiram got one of the runs back in the fourth on a run-scoring defensive error to cut the deficit to 4-3. But the Terriers would not score the equalizer as the Cougars hung for the 4-3 win.
Hiram outhit Chatham, 9-4, and had two players finish the game with a pair of hits. Wright ended the game a perfect two-for-two with a run scored and a RBI, while sophomoreSamantha Zuponcic (Mantua/Crestwood) posted a two-for-three effort to go along with a RBI.
On the hill, Miller started the game and pitched two and two-thirds innings allowing four runs on three hits. Garland came on to pitch two-and-a-third innings giving up no runs on a hit and had one strikeout. Wright also saw action on the mound pitching an inning with no runs scored and no hits while striking out one batter.
Hiram is scheduled to host Baldwin Wallace University in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday, Apr. 3 at Myrtis E. Herndon Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.