HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College softball team lost a pair of games against Kenyon College, 4-3 and 6-2, today (Saturday, Apr. 17) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Myrtis E. Herndon Field in Hiram. [Game One Stats] [Game Two Stats]
Following today’s doubleheader, the Terriers are now 14-12 overall and 4-2 in the NCAC. The Ladies are now 12-14 overall and 3-3 NCAC.
In game one, Kenyon took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. Hiram cut the lead in half with a run in the sixth on a RBI triple by freshman Kelcie Cuckler (Barberton) making the score 2-1. The Ladies looked to gain some breathing room with two more runs in the seventh and increased the margin to 4-1. The Terriers made one final rally in the bottom half of the inning scoring two runs, but could not find the equalizer as Kenyon held on for a 4-3 victory.
Hiram totaled five hits in the game and was led by junior first baseman Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) who finished two-of-three with a RBI.
Senior two-time All-NCAC pitcher/outfielder Whitney Dropsey (Ashland/Hillsdale) pitched a complete game, but suffered the loss to drop her to 10-6 overall. She allowed four runs on five hits and had six strikeouts.
In the second game, Kenyon got on the board first with a run in the top of the first inning. Hiram evened the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the second thanks to a RBI groundout by Cuckler. The Ladies then took control with a three-run third inning and added runs in the fifth and sixth to lead 6-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh. The Terriers began the bottom half of the inning with a lead-off triple by sophomore outfielder Marlene Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) and later scored on a RBI groundout by Dropsey. Freshman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton) also recorded a triple later in the inning, but would not cross home plate as a possible Hiram comeback fell short with the final of 6-2.
Hiram recorded four hits in game two with Singer, Smith, sophomore third baseman Ashley Pike (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) and freshman shortstop Megan Troxell (New Richmond) all reaching base safely.
On the mound, Dropsey would get the start and pitched two-and-a-third innings allowing four runs on five hits and tallied one strikeout. She would also be given the loss and falls to 10-7 overall for the season. Junior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) came on to finish the game, pitching four and two-thirds giving up two runs on five hits while striking out one batter.
Hiram will host The College of Wooster on Tuesday, Apr. 20 in a NCAC doubleheader at Herndon Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.