GREENVILLE, PA. -- The Hiram College softball team won both games of a non-conference doubleheader against Thiel (Pa.) College, 9-6 and 10-5, in Greenville, Pa.
With the victories, the Terriers improve to 8-6 overall and the Tomcats fall to 5-11 overall for the season.
In game one, following a scoreless first inning, Hiram got on the board with three runs in the second that included a RBI triple by sophomore shortstop Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) and a RBI single by freshman designated player/outfielder Miranda Wright (Richfield/Revere). But the lead wouldn't last long as Thiel scored four times in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 lead. The Tomcats added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runs to make the score 6-3. Hiram then rallied and evened the score in the fifth with three runs tying the game at 6-6. The Terriers kept the scoring going in the sixth with three more runs that included a RBI bunt single by freshman pitcher Taylor Charles (Akron/Ellet) and a RBI double by senior All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton) as the Terriers went on to claim a 6-3 come-from-behind win.
Hiram finished the game with 10 hits and were led by Singer who finished three-of-four at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI. Wright also recorded a mult-hit game going two-of-four with a run scored and two RBI.
On the mound, Charles pitched the entire game and got her fourth win of the season to improve to 4-3 overall. She allowed six runs on 12 hits and had four strikeouts.
In the second game, Hiram took the early lead with a run in the top of the first inning thanks to a defensive error. The Tomcats came right back in the bottom of the inning with four runs to move ahead, 4-1. The Terriers cut the deficit to a run in the third scoring twice that included a RBI-double by senior All-Region utility player Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas). But Thiel got a run back in the fourth to increase the margin to 5-3. The Hiram offense again rallied late in the game with three runs in the fifth and three runs in the sixth with two of the three runs in the fifth inning coming on a two-RBI double by Charles with runners on second and third. Hiram tacked on one more run in the seventh on a RBI single by senior All-Region outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) as the Terriers posted a 10-5 win to complete the two-game sweep.
Hiram had 15 hits in the nightcap with two Terriers recording three hits in the game. Cooney and sophomore outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph's) both finished three-of-four at the plate. Cooney also scored three runs and had one RBI, while Loyer scored a run and also had a RBI. Both Langland and Singer had a pair of hits with Langland scoring two runs and driving in a run and Singer posted two runs scored.
Senior Amethyst Brigham (Middlefield/Ohio State) started the game but would be replaced in the first inning after allowing four runs on three hits. Charles came on in relief and finished the game holding the Tomcats to a run on four hits and struck out four. She also got the win and improves to 5-3 overall for the season.
Hiram will return to North Coast Athletic Conference action this weekend when the Terriers travel to Greencastle, Ind. for a doubleheader against No. 6 nationally-ranked DePauw University on Saturday, Mar. 31. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.