HIRAM, OHIO -- The Hiram College softball team lost a pair of games against The College of Wooster, 10-6 in nine innings and 2-1, in a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader at Myrtis E. Herndon Field.
Following the doubleheader, the Terriers fall to 9-13 overall and 1-3 in the NCAC. The Fighting Scots improve to 15-7 overall and 2-2 NCAC.
In game one, Hiram grabbed the early lead with two scores in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI single by freshman catcher/designated player Taylor Petersal (Warren/Champion) and a wild pitch. The Terriers later added a run in the third with a RBI single by senior third baseman Ashley Pike (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) to increase the lead to 3-0. Wooster ended the possible shutout with a run in the fourth and then evened the game at 3-3 with two runs in the fifth. The score remained deadlocked at three runs apiece after seven innings of play, sending the game into extras. The Scots finally broke the stalemate in the top of the ninth inning scoring seven runs that included two triples by Demi Hart in the inning. Hiram tallied three runs in the bottom of the frame on a RBI triple by freshman pitcher Taylor Charles (Akron/Ellet), a RBI double by senior All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton) and a RBI single by Pike to narrow the gap to 10-6. But the three runs would be all the Terriers would get in the inning as Wooster went on to the 10-6 final.
Hiram put up 13 hits in the game and was led by the duo of Pike and Charles who both finished the game with three hits. Pike went three-for-four with a pair of RBI and Charles also posted a three-for-four effort with three runs scored and a RBI.
On the mound, Charles started the game and pitched seven innings, but would get a no decision. She allowed three runs, none earned, on 10 hits and struck out two batters. Senior Amethyst Brigham (Middlefield/Ohio State) came on to pitch the final two innings and would be charged with the loss, dropping her to 4-4 overall on the year. In two innings, she gave up seven runs on three hits and had three strikeouts.
In the nightcap, the two teams remained scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when the Scots scored two runs for a 2-0 advantage. The deficit remained two for Hiram heading into the bottom of the seventh, but the Terriers would make things interesting scoring a run on a RBI single by senior All-Region utility player Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas). Hiram would have runners on second and third, but with two outs, following the RBI single and the Terrier rally fell short as Wooster got Hiram to hit into the game-ending groundout to hang on for a 2-1 victory.
Hiram had five players each record a hit in the game. Langland finished the game one-for-three with a RBI.
Junior Ashley Hinkle (Parma) started game two and pitched four innings, but would get the loss after allowing two runs on two hits and had one strikeout. Hinkle falls to 1-2 overall with the loss. Charles came on to finish the game, pitching three no-hit innings with no runs given up and two strikeouts.
Hiram will host Kenyon College on Thursday, Apr. 12 in a NCAC twinbill at Herndon Field. The first game is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.