GAMBIER, OHIO — Junior All-North Coast Athletic Conference second baseman Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) belted a pair of homeruns and recorded five hits in five attempts at the plate on the day as the Hiram College softball team swept Kenyon College, 8-1 and 7-3, today (Saturday, Apr. 9) in the NCAC opener in Gambier. In addition, Head Coach Kristin Tassey claimed her 99th and 100th career victories with the sweep. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
With the wins, the Terriers improve to 13-6 overall and 2-0 in the NCAC. The Ladies fall to 6-14 overall and 0-2 NCAC.
In the first game, Hiram scored three runs in the top of the second inning with a lead-off solo homerun by sophomore All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Revere) and then a two-run homerun by sophomore third baseman Kelcie Cuckler (Barberton) later in the inning. The Terriers added another run in the fourth on a defensive error resulting in a 4-0 advantage. Kenyon cut into the Hiram lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth, but the Terriers got the run back in the sixth with Langland’s first homer of the day to make the score 5-1. Hiram then put the game away by scoring three runs in the top of the seventh that included a two-RBI triple by junior outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) as the Terriers went on to win by the final of 8-1.
Three Hiram players each recorded a pair of hits in game one. Langland finished a perfect two-of-two with a pair of runs scored and a RBI. Cuckler and Singer both went two-of-three with Cuckler adding two runs scored and two RBI, while Singer tallied a run scored and a RBI.
On the mound, freshman Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo) pitched all seven innings and claimed her fifth win of the season, improving to 5-2 overall. She allowed one run on six hits and had eight strikeouts.
In the second game, Hiram again scored the game’s first run thanks to Langland’s second solo homerun of the day in the top of the second inning giving the Terriers an early 1-0 lead. Kenyon later tied the game at 1-1 with a score in the bottom of the fourth. The Terriers regained control in the top of the fifth with a five-run inning that included a two-RBI double by senior All-NCAC catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield) to make the score 6-1. Hiram added an insurance run in the top of the seventh on a RBI double by Langland. Kenyon looked to make a late charge scoring two runs in the bottom half of the inning with two outs, but Hiram recorded the final out before any more runs crossed the plate and went on to capture game two with the final of 7-3.
Langland led all Hiram hitters in the nightcap with a perfect three-of-three effort to go along with two runs scored and two RBI. Cooney also recorded a multi-hit performance going two-of-four with a run scored. Four other Terriers each recorded a base hit in the win.
Four Hiram pitchers saw action in the game with senior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) getting the start and pitched four innings to claim the win and improve to 5-1 overall for the season. She allowed one run on four hits and posted one strikeout.
Tassey improved her coaching record to 100-72 overall in almost five complete seasons. She is already the program’s winningest coach in the 27-year history of fast pitch softball at Hiram. Since taking over the program after the 2006 season, Tassey has led her teams to the NCAC Tournament each season, including a conference tournament title in 2009 in which the Terriers set a school record for wins in a season with 27 (27-16 overall) and a first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament that same season. In four complete seasons, Tassey’s teams have posted 20 or more wins in three of those four years.
Hiram is scheduled to travel to Wooster on Thursday, Apr. 14 for a NCAC doubleheader against The College of Wooster. The first game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.
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