BEAVER FALLS, PA. — The Hiram College softball team earned a two-game split against Geneva College today (Saturday, Mar. 19) in a non-conference doubleheader in Beaver Falls, Pa. The Terriers won the first game, 9-1, but fell in the nightcap, 2-0. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
With the split, the Terriers are now 10-2 overall and the Golden Tornadoes are now 8-6 overall for the season.
In the first game, Hiram struck first with a run in the top of the first inning on a RBI single by junior All-Region second baseman Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicolas) to take an early 1-0 lead. The Terriers added to their lead with another run in the fourth by way of a RBI single by junior outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad), increasing the lead to 2-0. Hiram took control of the game with a four-run fifth inning, highlighted by a three-run homerun by freshman designated player/pitcher Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo), her first collegiate homerun, to extend the lead to 6-0. Geneva broke the shutout with a run in the bottom of the fifth, but the Terriers sealed the victory with three more runs in the top of the seventh as Hiram went on to win by the final of 9-1.
Hiram totaled 15 hits in the game and was led by sophomore utility player Kelcie Cuckler (Barberton) who finished three-of-four with two runs scored. Five other Terriers each recorded a pair of hits in the win. Lane finished the game one-of-three with two runs scored and a game-high three RBI.
On the mound, Lane pitched all seven innings to claim her third win of the season and improve to 3-0 overall. She allowed eight hits, but only gave up a run, while striking out a season-high 12 batters.
In game two, both teams were held scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when Geneva got on the board with a solo homerun to take a 1-0 lead. Hiram recorded eight hits in the game, but could not cross homeplate as Geneva added an insurance run in the sixth and hung on for a 2-0 shutout.
Cooney and junior center fielder Marlene Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) both tallied a pair of hits despite the loss. Cooney finished two-of-four and Smith went two-of-three at the plate.
Senior pitcher Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) got the start in game two and went the distance, but suffered her first loss of the season and is now 4-1 overall. She allowed just the two runs on six hits and had three strikeouts.
Hiram is scheduled to host Alma (Mich.) College tomorrow (Sunday, Mar. 20) in a non-conference doubleheader at Myrtis E. Herndon Field in the home opener. The first game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.