Hiram College

GROVE CITY, PA.  —  The Hiram College softball team won both games against Grove City College today (Wednesday, Mar. 24) in a non-conference doubleheader in Grove City, Pa.  The Terriers defeated the Wolverines, 3-0, in game one, and won the nightcap, 5-1.  [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]

With the victories, Hiram improves to 7-9 overall, while Grove City falls to 1-5 overall for the season.

In the first game, the Terriers got on the board with a run in the top of the second inning and tallied two more scores in the third thanks to a two-RBI single by junior first baseman Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas).  The three runs would be all that Hiram would need as senior All-NCAC pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) struck out 10 batters, her second 10+ strikeout performance in her last three games, to secure a 3-0 shutout.

Hiram had five hits in the game, and was led by sophomore third baseman Ashley Pike (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) who finished two-of-three with two RBI.

Dropsey pitched the entire game and picked up her fourth victory of the season to improve to 4-5 overall.  She allowed no runs, to claim her second shutout victory of the season, on just two hits with 10 strikeouts.  With her 10 strikeouts, Dropsey has now totaled 238 in her career to become the program’s all-time leader.  She surpasses the mark previously set by Mandi Wieclaw ’02 who recorded 232 strikeouts during her career.

In game two, Hiram scored the game’s first run in the top of the third inning on a RBI fielder’s choice by sophomore outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) with bases loaded.  The Terriers would not record any more runs in the inning, but later added four runs in the fourth to increase the lead to 5-0.  Grove City scored its only run in the bottom of the fifth as Hiram would retire six straight Wolverines in the final two innings to preserve the 5-1 win and the two game sweep.

Hiram posted eight hits in game two and was led by Dropsey who went three-of-four with a run scored and a RBI.  Five other Terrier players each recorded a hit.

Junior pitcher Alati Gagne (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) pitched five solid innings to earn the win and improve to 1-2 overall for the season.  She allowed just one run on eight hits and struck out two batters.  Junior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) came on to pitch two innings of relief giving up no hits and no runs, while striking out three batters.

Hiram is scheduled to host the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg tomorrow (Thursday, Mar. 25) in a non-conference doubleheader at Myrtis E. Herndon Field.  The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495, by FAX at (330) 569-5392 or by email athoedjtm@hiram.edu.