The Hiram College softball team earned a two-game split against Geneva (Pa.) College today (Saturday, Mar. 20) in a non-conference doubleheader and home opener at Myrtis E. Herndon Field. The Terriers shut out Geneva, 2-0, in game one, but lost, 10-3, in the second game. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
With the split, the Terriers are now 5-9 overall. The Golden Tornadoes are also now 5-9 overall for the season.
In game one, the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning when sophomore third baseman Ashley Pike (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) connected on a two-RBI double that gave the Terriers a 2-0 advantage. A groundout to start the seventh inning for Geneva and two straight strikeouts by Hiram senior All-NCAC pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) ended the game and preserved the 2-0 shutout.
Hiram finished the game with five hits with five different players each reaching base safely.
Dropsey pitched a complete game shutout allowing just four hits and struck out a season-high 11 batters.
In the nightcap, the Hiram defense struggled as the Terriers committed seven errors in the game. Hiram looked to be headed to another victory with three runs in the fourth that included a three-run homerun by junior catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield), her first of the season. But the Tornadoes would score seven runs in the top of the sixth and then added three more runs in the seventh en route to the 10-3 victory and the split.
In similar fashion to the first game, five different Hiram players each recorded hits despite the loss, led by Ervin who went one-of-three with the three RBI.
On the mound, Dropsey would again get the start before being replaced by junior Alati Gagne (Gorham, N.H./Gorham). Dropsey later returned and pitched a total of five innings giving up three runs on seven hits and had five strikeouts. Gagne would end up with the loss and is now 0-2 for the season after allowing six runs on three hits in one-and-third innings. Junior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) also saw playing time, pitching two-thirds of an inning giving up a run on two hits and tallied one strikeout.
Hiram will travel to Grove City, Pa. for a non-conference doubleheader against Grove City College on Wednesday, Mar. 24. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495, by FAX at (330) 569-5392 or by email email@example.com.