The Hiram College softball team captured both games of a non-conference doubleheader against Geneva (Pa.) College, including hitting a base hit that plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning while trailing by a run in game two, with the scores of 8-0 in six innings and 6-5 at Myrtis E. Herndon Field.
Following a scoreless first inning in game one, Hiram (12-16) took control of the game with a seven-run bottom of the second on a series of RBI base hits with bases loaded to give the Terriers a 7-0 lead. The lead remained seven runs for Hiram until the bottom of the sixth when the Terriers crossed home plate a final time thanks to a RBI-single by sophomore shortstop/second basemann Jessica Wahl (Akron/Ellet) that was set up by a single by senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) and then a fielding error that allowed Loyer to advance to second to lead off the inning. The run would give Hiram an eight-run lead and put the eight-run rule into effect, resulting in the 8-0 shutout victory.
Hiram tallied eight hits in the game with Loyer finishing a perfect three-for-three to go along with a pair of runs scored and a RBI. Junior second baseman Angela Perella (Lyndhurst Beaumont) and Wahl both finished with a pair of hits. Perella went two-of-three with a run scored and Wahl posted a two-of-four effort with a run scored and two RBI.
Sophomore Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge) started on the mound for Hiram and got the win, pitching the entire game allowing no runs on five hits and struck out four batters. The win also marked her second shutout victory of the season.
In game two, Geneva (17-14) struck first with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning to take the early lead. Hiram got one of the runs back in the bottom of the second on a RBI-bunt single by Perella to cut the deficit in half, 2-1. But the Golden Tornadoes regained their two-run advantage in the third with a run to lead 3-1. The two teams continued the back-and-forth play as Hiram tallied three runs in the fourth that included a bases clearing double by Loyer with bases loaded giving the Terriers a 4-3 edge. Geneva rallied again, this time scoring two runs in the fifth to regain the lead with a score of 5-4. Geneva maintained the advantage heading into the bottom of the seventh, but a pair of singles in the first three at-bats would put Terriers at the corners with just one out. Following a stolen base to move the runner on first to second, sophomore third baseman Nicole Hoy (Brunswick) connected on a hit to the outfield gap that found its way to the fence, allowing both runners to score and gave Hiram the 6-5 come-from-behind win.
Hiram finished the game with 10 hits, including three players with multi-hit games. Loyer was two-of-three at the plate to go along with the three RBI. Junior All-NCAC outfielder/infielderMiranda Wright (Richfield/Revere) and freshman first baseman/pitcher Brittany Zajac (Corry, Pa./Corry) both went two of four with Wright scoring a run and Zajac adding two runs scored.
At pitcher, sophomore Taylor Miller (Kent/Roosevelt) got the nod and pitched three innings allowing three runs on five hits. Zajac came on to pitch an inning and two-thirds in relief giving up two runs on three hits and had a strikeout. Garland came on to finish the game and picked up the win to improve to 9-10 overall for the season. In two-and-a-third innings, she allowed no runs on two hits and had one strikeout.
Hiram is scheduled to travel to Delaware for a NCAC doubleheader against Ohio Wesleyan University on Wednesday, Apr. 23. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.