Hiram College junior infielder Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) hit three homeruns and had eight runs batted in as the Terrier softball team split a doubleheader against North Coast Athletic Conference opponent Kenyon College in Gambier. Hiram beat the Ladies in game one, 9-4, but fell in the nightcap, 11-10.
In game one, both teams traded runs in the first inning with Hiram’s (8-16, 2-4 NCAC) run coming on a RBI-single by sophomore Samantha Hughes (Hookstown, Pa./Hopewell) with bases loaded. Hiram took control with a five-run top of the fourth that included a pair of homeruns with a solo shot by sophomore Janie Linger (Akron/Firestone) to lead off the inning and then a three-run homer by Bolanz, her first of the day, later in the frame to put the Terriers up, 6-1. Kenyon (17-10, 5-3 NCAC) scored a run in the bottom of the inning and went on to add runs in the fifth and sixth. Hiram added three more scores in the top of the sixth with Bolanz’s second three-run homerun of the game en route to the 9-4 win.
Hiram totaled 11 hits led by Bolanz who went a perfect three-for-three with two runs scored and six RBI. Freshman Jessica Wahl (Akron/Ellet) finished two-of-three to go with a pair of runs scored. Six other Terriers recorded base hits in the win.
On the mound, freshman Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge) started the game and pitched five and two-thirds innings to claim the win and improve to 6-6 for the season. She allowed four runs on nine hits and struck out two batters. Fellow freshman Taylor Miller (Kent/Roosevelt) pitched the final inning-and-a-third giving up no runs on just one hit and had one strikeout.
In the second game, Hiram looked to take control early scoring six runs in the top of the first inning highlighted by a three-run homerun by sophomore Angela Perella(Lyndhurst/Beaumont). Kenyon crossed the plate twice in the bottom of the inning to make the score 6-2. The lead remained four runs for the Terriers until the top of the sixth when Miller connected on a RBI single to increase the margin to 7-2. But the Ladies then rallied in the bottom of the inning scoring five runs to tie the game at 7-7. Hiram regained the lead in the top of the seventh with three runs beginning with Bolanz’s third homerun of the day, this time a solo shot. Two batters later, Linger posted her second homer of the day on a two-run homer to put the Terriers out in front, 10-7. Kenyon rallied a final time crossing the plate four times in the bottom of the seventh to capture an 11-10 come-from-behind victory.
Hiram finished game two with 15 hits with Linger going four-of-four with two runs scored and three RBI to lead the way. Freshman Nicole Hoy (Brunswick) ended up three-of-four to go along with two runs scored. Rounding out the multi-hit efforts were Bolanz, junior All-NCAC outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) and Perella with two hits each. Bolanz also scored a pair of runs and had two RBI. Loyer scored a run, while Perella finished with a run scored and three RBI.
Garland got the nod in game two and pitched a total of two and two-thirds innings allowing six runs on nine hits and struck out four batters. Miller pitched the final four innings, but would suffer the loss and is now 2-8 overall for the season. In four innings, she gave up five runs on five hits and had two strikeouts.
Hiram returns to the field tomorrow (Saturday, Apr. 13) for a NCAC twinbill against Wittenberg University in Springfield. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.