The Hiram College softball team picked up its first two North Coast Athletic Conference victories of the season with a two-game split against The College of Wooster in a conference doubleheader in Wooster.
In game one, Hiram (7-13, 2-4 NCAC) jumped out early scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI-double by junior All-NCAC outfielder Miranda Wright(Richfield/Revere), a RBI-single by freshman pitcher/first baseman) Brittany Zajac (Corry, Pa./Corry) and a RBI-sacrifice fly by junior second baseman Angela Perrella (Lyndhurst/Beaumont). Wooster (10-17, 2-6 NCAC) got two of the runs back in the top of the second and then took the lead with two more runs in the third to make the score 4-3. But the lead didn’t last long as Hiram regained control in the bottom half of the third with four runs that included a two-run homerun by senior All-Region catcher Jess Bolanz(Randolph/Waterloo). The Terriers added another run in the fourth on a RBI-double by Perella to extend the lead to 8-4. Wooster tallied what turned out to be the final run of the game in the fifth as Hiram went on to claim the 8-5 win.
Hiram posted 13 hits and was led by Bolanz who finished a perfect four-of-four with three runs scored and two RBI. Zajac turned in a three-for-four effort with a run scored and a RBI. Wright rounded out the multi-hitters going two-of-four with two runs scored and a RBI.
At pitcher, sophomore Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge) pitched the entire game to pick up the win after allowing five runs, one earned, on seven hits and had a pair of strikeouts.
In the nightcap, the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when Hiram crossed homeplate with a run on a RBI-double by Wright. Wooster grabbed the lead in the fourth with two runs, but the Terriers rallied in the bottom of the inning with three runs thanks to a RBI-double by Perella and a pair of illegal pitches to give Hiram a 4-2 lead. Hiram added another run in the fifth with a RBI-single by Perella, but the Scots evened the score at 5-5 with a three-run top of the sixth. The Terriers would again rally, this time scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI-sacrifice fly by Wright and a RBI-single by Bolanz to make it a 7-5 ball game. Wooster led off the seventh with a solo homerun to cut the deficit in half and would later get runners on first and second base in the next two Scot at-bats. The Hiram defense then held firm as the Terriers recorded three straight outs to hang on for the 7-6 victory and complete the two-game sweep.
The Hiram bats stayed hot in game two with 12 hits. Two players recorded three hits in the game with Perella finishing a perfect three-for-three to go along with a run scored and two RBI. Senior All-NCAC outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) ended the game three-of-four and also scored a run. Six other players each recorded a base hit in the win.
On the mound, sophomore Taylor Miller (Kent/Roosevelt) started the game and pitched five-and-a-third innings allowing five runs on eight hits. Garland came on to pitch the final inning and two-thirds giving up one run on three hits. She also earned the win in game two and improves to 5-8 overall for the season.
Hiram returns to the field tomorrow (Sunday, Apr. 13) for a scheduled NCAC doubleheader against Kenyon College at Myrtis E. Herndon Field. The first game is set to begin at 1 p.m.