DELAWARE, OHIO — The Hiram College softball team split a pair of games against Ohio Wesleyan University today (Saturday, Apr. 30) in the North Coast Athletic Conference and regular-season finale in Delaware. The Terriers lost the first game, 3-1, but won the second, 5-4. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
With the split, the Terriers end the regular season with a 22-11 overall record and 11-3 in the NCAC. The Battling Bishops end their regular season with a 22-12 mark and 11-3 NCAC.
In game one, OWU scored runs in the top of the second and third innings to lead 2-0. Hiram scored its only run of the game in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly by junior All-Region utility player Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) to make the score 2-1. The Bishops scored the final run of the game in the top of the seventh to go on to the 3-1 final.
Hiram recorded three hits in the game with junior outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad), freshman outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) and senior All-NCAC catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield) each recording a base hit.
On the mound, freshman Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo) got the start and pitched six and two-third innings allowing three runs on six hits and struck out seven batters. She would also suffer the loss and is now 9-6 overall for the season. Senior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) pitched the final third of an inning allowing no runs or hits.
In game two, OWU jumped out to an early lead scoring a run in the top of the first inning and three more runs in the second to lead 4-0. The deficit remained four for the Terriers until the bottom of the seventh inning when Hiram scored five runs highlighted by a two-RBI triple by Loyer as the Terriers won 5-4 in a come-from-behind victory.
Hiram tallied nine hits in the nightcap and had three players finished with mulitple hits. Ervin went two-of-three, while Cooney and Langland both finished two-of-four. Cooney also scored a run and had a RBI. Langland also tallied a RBI.
On the mound, Padilla got the start and pitched six-and-a-third innings giving up four runs on 10 hits and had three strikeouts. Lane came on in the seventh to finish the game and got the win, improving to 10-6 on the season, allowing no runs or hits.
Hiram will qualify for its fifth straight NCAC Tournament and will be the third seed in this year’s tournament. The Terriers will play against second-seeded Ohio Wesleyan University on Friday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. Denison University will host the tournament as the top-seeded team with all games being played at the Denison Softball Field in Granville.
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