Hiram College

OBERLIN, OHIO   —  The Hiram College softball team swept Oberlin College, 6-0 and 13-2 in five innings, today (Wednesday, Apr. 28) in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Culhane Field in Oberlin.  [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]

With the sweep, the Terriers improve to 18-13 overall and 7-3 in the NCAC.  The Yeowomen fall to 4-30 overall and 1-11 NCAC.

In game one, both teams remained scoreless until the top of the third inning when Hiram tallied four runs that included a two-RBI single by freshman designated hitter/first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton).  The Terriers added two more runs in the seventh thanks to a two-run homerun by junior first baseman Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas), her second homerun of the season, to increase the lead to 6-0.  Solid team defense and pitching by senior two-time All-NCAC pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) held Oberlin scoreless throughout as Hiram went on to win by the final of 6-0.

Hiram had 11 hits in the opening game and was led by Langland who went two-of-three with two runs scored and three RBI.  Three other Terriers each recorded a pair of hits.  Singer finished the game two-of-four with two RBI.  Sophomore outfielder Marlene Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) went two-of-three and aadded a run scored.  Freshman shortstop Megan Troxell (New Richmond) finished two-of-three.

Dropsey pitched all seven innings to pick up her 12th win of the season to improve to 12-8 overall.  She also claimed her fourth shutout victory of the season allowing just four hits and striking out nine batters.

In game two, Hiram grabbed an early 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first on a RBI single by Singer.  The Terriers added two more runs in the third thanks to another RBI single by Singer and a RBI single by sophomore third baseman Ashley Pike (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) to lead 3-0.  Oberlin got on the board with a run in the bottom of the third, but Hiram blew the game open with 10 runs in the fourth resulting in a commanding 13-1 margin.  The Yeowomen scored a run in the fourth, but would not cross home plate again as Hiram went on to cruise to a 13-2 victory in five innings.

Hiram finished game two with 14 hits and was led by senior second baseman Ashley Crowder (North Lewisburg/Triad) and Singer who were two of four Terriers with a pair of hits.  Crowder went two-of-three at the plate with two runs scored.  Singer finished two-of-three with a run scored and two RBI.  Pike ended the game two-of-three with a run scored and a RBI.  Troxell rounded out the multi-hit performances going two-of-two with a run scored.

On the hill, Dropsey started the game and went three innings to claim the victory and improve to 13-8 overall.   She allowed just one run on four hits and had two strikeouts.  Junior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) and sophomore Alati Gagne (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) each pitched an inning of relief.  Padilla gave of one run on two hits while striking out one batter.  Gagne allowed no runs and just one hit.

Hiram will play a pivotal NCAC doubleheader on Friday, Apr. 30 against Denison University in Granville.  The first game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 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 at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.