WOOSTER, OHIO — The Hiram College softball team took one of two games in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader against The College of Wooster today (Thursday, Apr. 14) in Wooster. The Terriers lost the first game, 2-1, but won game two, 7-3. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
With the split, the Terriers are now 14-9 overall and 3-1 in the NCAC. The Fighting Scots are now 9-15 overall and 1-3 NCAC.
In game one, Hiram scored the first run with a score in the top of the first inning on a RBI double by junior All-Region utility player Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) resulting in a 1-0 lead. Wooster later evened the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth and would pull ahead with a run in the sixth to lead 2-1. The Terriers would have a final chance to tie or take the lead in the seventh and despite beginning the inning with a lead-off single by freshman pitcher Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo), Hiram could not drive home the run and Wooster would hold on for a 2-1 win.
Hiram posted five hits in the game with five different Terriers each recording a base hit. Langland finished the game one-of-three overall with a RBI.
Lane pitched all six innings for the Terriers, but would be given the loss and is now 5-4 overall on the year. She allowed two runs on five hits and struck out five batters.
In the nightcap, Hiram again took the game’s first lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning thanks to a two-run homerun by freshman shortstop Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo), her team-leading fourth of the season, to put the Terriers out in front 2-0. Hiram added another run in the third with a RBI double by senior All-NCAC catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield) increasing the margin to 3-0. Wooster got on the board with a run in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 3-1. The Terriers answered the run with a run of its own in the fifth, but the Scots would cross home plate twice in the sixth to make the score 4-3 heading into the final inning. The Terriers got some breathing room in the top half of the seventh with a RBI fielder’s choice by Langland and then a two-run homerun by Ervin to extend the lead to 7-4. Hiram then got Wooster to hit into three straight outs in the bottom of the seventh to secure a 7-4 victory.
Hiram recorded 11 hits in the game and was led by a trio of players who each recorded a pair of hits. Ervin ended the game two-of-three with two runs scored and three RBI. Langland went two-of-four with a run scored and two RBI and junior outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) finished two-of-four with a pair of runs scored.
Senior Sarah Padilla (Ontario/Colony) claimed the victory and improves to 6-1 overall for the season. She pitched five complete innings allowing three runs on five hits and struck out three batters. Lane came on to pitch the final two innings allowing no runs on two hits and had one strikeout.
Hiram is scheduled to travel to Springfield for a NCAC doubleheader against Wittenberg University on Saturday, Apr. 16. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
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