The Hiram College softball team split a doubleheader against North Coast Athletic Conference opponent Ohio Wesleyan University losing to the Battling Bishops, 10-5, in game one, but winning the second game, 15-12, in eight innings.
Hiram (12-18, 6-8) struck early in game one scoring a pair of runs in the top of the first inning on a two-RBI base hit by freshman pitcher/first baseman Brittany Zajac (Corry, Pa./Corry). OWU (19-15, 8-6 NCAC) evened the score at 2-2 with a two-run homerun in the second, but Hiram regained the lead in the third thanks to a RBI sacrifice flyout by sophomore shortstop/second baseman Jessica Wahl (Akron/Ellet) making the score 3-2. The Bishops rallied again in the bottom of the inning, this time crossing the plate four times to take a 6-3 advantage. OWU padded its lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth and then three more runs in the sixth to extend the margin to 10-3 heading into the final inning. Hiram looked to mount a rally of its own scoring two runs on a RBI-groundout by sophomore outfielder Danielle Latine (Eastlake/North) and a RBI-double by senior All-NCAC outfielderSarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s). The two runs would come with two outs and the Terriers would hit into the game-ending out before tallying any more runs as OWU went on to claim the 10-5 victory.
Hiram had eight hits in the game with junior second baseman Angela Perella (Lyndhurst/Beaumont) recording a two-of-three effort at the plate and also scored a run. Junior All-NCAC outfielder Miranda Wright (Richfield/Revere) rounded out the multi-hit games with a two-of-four performance in addition to scoring a run.
At pitcher, sophomore Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge) started the game and went five-and-a-third innings allowing nine runs on 13 hits and had one strikeout. She was also credited with the loss. Zajac came on to pitch two-thirds of an inning in relief giving up one run on two hits.
In game two, Hiram again took the early lead with a run in the top of the first on a RBI-single by Perella. OWU responded with four unanswered runs, including a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and two more runs in the second to lead, 4-1. Hiram cut the deficit to a run by crossing the plate twice in the third thanks to a two-RBI double by senior All-Region catcher Jess Bolanz(Randolph/Waterloo) making the score 4-3. The Terriers went on to score three runs in the fourth, a run in the fifth and four more runs in the sixth that included a two-run homer by Perella and a two-RBI single by junior outfielder Kayla Schmidt (Garfield Heights) in the sixth. The Bishops tallied a run in the fourth, three runs in the fifth and four runs in the sixth to have a one-run lead, 12-11, heading into the seventh inning. Hiram scored the game-tying run on a passed ball with runners on second and third, but would not take the lead, sending the game into extras. The Terriers capitalized in the top of the eighth scoring three runs on a RBI fielder’s choice by Wright and a two-RBI single by Perella later in the inning to move ahead 15-12. The Hiram defense then got the Bishops to hit into three straight outs in the bottom of the frame to seal the three-run victory.
The two teams combined for 34 hits with Hiram tallying 19 of those hits. Hiram was paced by the duo of Perella and Wright who both finished four-of-six overall. Perella also scored a run and had five RBI. Wright added a RBI and scored six runs. Schmidt ended the game hitting three-of-five with a pair of runs scored and RBI. Loyer and sophomore infielder Nicole Hoy (Brunswick) both finished two-of-four with Loyer adding a RBI and Hoy a run scored. Rounding out the multi-hitters was Zajac who was two-of-six and scored a run.
On the mound, sophomore Taylor Miller (Kent/Roosevelt) started the game and pitched an inning-and-a-third giving up four runs on two hits. Zajac pitched three innings of relief and allowed four runs on five hits. Garland pitched three and two-innings and would be credited with the win to improve to 10-11 overall for the season, giving up four runs on eight hits.
Hiram will wrap-up the regular season with a NCAC twinbill against Wittenberg University on Saturday, Apr. 26 at Myrtis E. Herndon Field. It will be senior day with the first game set to begin at 1 p.m.