GREENCASTLE, IND. -- The Hiram College softball team renewed its rivalry of a year ago against No. 6 DePauw (Ind.) University, but this time it would be in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader in Greencastle, Ind. The Terriers lost the first game, 9-0, in five innings, but came back to defeat the Tigers, 12-1, in six innings in the nightcap.
With the split, the Terriers are now 9-7 overall and 1-1 in the NCAC. The Tigers are now 15-3 overall and 1-1 NCAC.
Following a scoreless first inning in game one, DePauw broke the game open with six runs in the bottom of the second to take a commanding lead. The Tigers added three more runs in the fourth to go up by nine runs and putting the possible eight-run rule into effect. Hiram was held to just three hits in the game and could not get any runs across homeplate allowing DePauw to come away with a 9-0 victory in five innings.
Senior All-Region outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad), senior All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton) and freshman pitcher Taylor Charles (Akron/Ellet) each recorded a hit for the Terriers in the loss.
Charles also started the game on the mound and pitched the entire game. She would be given the loss and fell to 5-4 overall. She allowed nine runs, three earned, on nine hits and had two strikeouts.
It would be a completely different game for Hiram in the nightcap as the Terriers led 5-0 after three innings of play with four of those runs coming in the second inning which included a two-run homerun by sophomore shortstop Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo), her first of the season. Hiram tacked on another run in the fourth that started off with a lead-off double by senior All-NCAC outfielder Marlene Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) who later scored on a RBI single by Charles. DePauw scored its only run of the game in the bottom half of the inning on a double to make the score 6-1. In the top of the fifth inning, Hiram added to its lead with a second two-run homerun. This time off the bat of freshman catcher Taylor Petersal (Warren/Champion) for her first collegiate homerun. The Terriers went on to cross the plate four more times in the sixth to put the game out of reach and cruised to the 12-1 win.
Hiram put up 16 hits in the game, led by Bolanz who finished a perfect four-of-four with two runs scored and three RBI. Charles ended the game three-of-four with two runs scored and three RBI. Three other Terriers each recorded multi-hit games.
Senior Amethyst Brigham (Middlefield/Ohio State) pitched the entire game for Hiram allowing just one run on one hit and struck out three batters. With the victory, she improves to 3-2 overall for the season.
Hiram will travel to Anderson, Ind. for a non-conference doubleheader against Anderson University tomorrow (Sunday, Apr. 1). The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.