Junior Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) hit her team-leading ninth homerun of the season breaking her own single-season record to lead the Hiram College softball team in a doubleheader sweep, 5-1 and 11-3 in six innings, in North Coast Athletic Conference action at Myrtis E. Herndon Field.
In game one, Hiram (12-20, 6-6 NCAC) struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI ground out by Bolanz. Oberlin (4-24, 1-11 NCAC) evened the score at 1-1 with a run in the top of the second, but the Terriers regained the lead for good in the bottom half of the frame thanks to a RBI single by freshman Nicole Hoy (Brunswick) making the score 2-1. Hiram went on to add a run in the third, fourth and fifth innings that included a solo homerun by Bolanz in the fifth surpassing her previous school record of eight homeruns in a season which she set in 2011. The Terriers would go on to win by the final score of 5-1.
Hiram had eight hits in the game with Bolanz and freshman Jessica Wahl (Akron/Ellet) both recording a pair of hits. Bolanz ended the game two-of-three with a run scored and three RBI. Wahl went two-of-four to go along with a run scored and a RBI.
On the mound, freshman Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge) pitched all seven innings to post the win after allowing just one run on three hits and struck out five batters.
In the nightcap, Hiram again took the early lead scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning on a two-RBI double by freshman Danielle Latine (Eastlake/North) with bases loaded. The Yeowomen answered with a three-run top of the third to give Oberlin a narrow 3-2 margin. But the lead wouldn’t last long has Hiram broke the game open with seven runs in the bottom of the inning that included a series of two-RBI base hits by Bolanz, Hoy and Latine to give the Terriers a 9-3 advantage. The lead remained eight runs for Hiram heading into the bottom of the six when the Terriers added two more runs thanks to a RBI double by Bolanz and a RBI sacrifice fly by sophomore Angela Perella (Lyndhurst/Beaumont) putting the eight-run rule into effect and giving Hiram the 11-3 victory.
Offensively, Hiram tallied 12 hits and was led by Bolanz who finished three-of-four with three runs scored and three RBI. Three other players recorded multi-hit games with Wahl, Hoy and Latine all finishing two-of-three at the plate. Wahl also scored a run and added a RBI. Hoy also had a run scored and two RBI, and Latine ended the game with a run scored and four RBI.
Garland started on the mound for Hiram in game two and pitched three innings while allowing three runs on five hits and had two strikeouts. She also got the win and improves to 10-8 overall for the season. Fellow freshman Taylor Miller (Kent/Roosevelt) pitched three innings in relief giving up no runs on three hits and had one strikeout.
Hiram will travel to Meadville, Pa. for a NCAC doubleheader against Allegheny (Pa.) College on Wednesday, Apr. 24. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.