SPRINGFIELD, OHIO — The Hiram College softball team defeated Wittenberg University in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader, 9-0 and 7-4, today (Sunday, Apr. 17) in Springfield. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
With the sweep, the Terriers improve to 16-9 overall and 5-1 in the NCAC. The Tigers fall to 8-17 overall and 2-4 NCAC.
In game one, Hiram took control early scoring four runs in the top of the first inning highlighted by a two-RBI double by freshman shortstop Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo). The Terriers went on to add runs in the second, third and four innings to extend the lead to 7-0. Hiram put the game away in the sixth scoring runs on a defensive error and a sacrifice fly by junior All-Region utility player Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) en route to the 9-0 shutout.
The Terriers were led at the plate by junior outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) who finished the game a perfect three-for-three with four runs scored. Two other Hiram players recorded multiple hits with Bolanz posting a two-of-three effort with a run scored and two RBI and freshman outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) went two-for-four and a run scored.
On the mound, freshman Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo) pitched the entire game to claim her seventh win of the season and improved to 7-4 overall. She allowed no runs and just four hits while striking out four batters.
In game two, Hiram scored three runs in back-to-back innings in the top of the fourth and fifth that included a two-RBI single by Bolanz in the fifth to give the Terriers a 6-0 lead. Wittenberg got on the board in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of runs and added another run in the sixth to cut the lead in half with the score of 6-3. Hiram scored an insurance run in the top of the seventh thanks to a RBI base hit by sophomore All-Region first baseman player Alee Singer (Akron/Revere) to make the score 7-3. The Tigers got the run back in the bottom of the inning to narrow the gap to 7-4 with two outs remaining. But Wittenberg would record the final out on a run down on the same play that saw the run cross home plate to end the game as Hiram claimed the 7-4 victory.
The Hiram bats stayed hot in the nightcap as the Terriers posted 11 hits and were led by Langland who finished three-of-four with three runs scored. Cooney, Singer and Lane also recorded multiple hits with Cooney and Lane both finishing two-of-four. Cooney also scored a run, while Lane tallied a RBI. Singer ended the game two-of-three with a run scored and two RBI.
Senior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) got the start on the hill in the second game and went three innings allowing three runs on four hits and struck out four batters. Lane came on to pitch two innings of relief giving up no runs on two hits and had a strikeout. Senior Alati Gagne (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) pitched the final two innings allowing one run on three hits and had one strikeout.
Hiram is scheduled to host Penn State-Behrend in a non-conference doubleheader tomorrow (Monday, Apr. 18) at Myrtis E. Herndon Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.