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Softball Rallies in Game Two to Complete Sweep of Ohio Wesleyan; Cooney Becomes All-Time Run Leader

Senior All-Region outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) became the program's all-time leading run scorer with a combined five runs scored in doubleheader against OWU.  She has now scored 107 runs in her career.
Senior All-Region outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) became the program's all-time leading run scorer with a combined five runs scored in doubleheader against OWU. She has now scored 107 runs in her career.

DELAWARE, OHIO  --  The Hiram College softball team rallied from a 6-1 deficit in game two of a North Coast Athletic Conference doubleheader against Ohio Wesleyan University to sweep the Battling Bishops, 7-4 and 12-11.  In addition, senior All-Region outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) scored a combined five runs in the doubleheader to become the Hiram all-time leader in runs scored.  She has now scored 107 runs in her career and passed former Terrier standout Stephanie Zunic '09 who previously held the mark with 104 career runs.

With the victories, the Terriers improve to 14-14 overall and 6-4 in the NCAC.  The Bishops fall to 10-16 overall and 4-6 NCAC.

In game one, OWU grabbed the early lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning.  Hiram then scored six unanswered runs with four in the third, highlighted by a two-RBI double by senior third baseman Ashley Pike (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) and two in the fourth to claim a 6-1 advantage.  The Bishops narrowed the gap with a run in the fifth, but the Terriers got the run back in the top half of the sixth thanks to a RBI double by senior All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Akron/Dayton) to extend the lead back to five runs, 7-2.  OWU got two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the possible rally ended there as Hiram went on to post the 7-4 victory.

Hiram was led offensively by Pike who finished two-of-four at the plate with two RBI.  Five other Terrier players recorded hits in the game.  Singer finished the game one-of-two with a run scored and two RBI.

Freshman pitcher Taylor Charles (Akron/Ellet) pitched a complete game to record the win and improve to 9-6 overall.  She allowed four runs on nine hits and struck out four batters.

In the nightcap, Hiram scored the games first run in the top of the first to take an early 1-0 lead.  But OWU answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning and added another run in the second to lead 6-1.  The deficit remained five runs until the top of the fifth when Hiram posted 10 runs that included a two-RBI double and a RBI-single by sophomore outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph's) in the inning to put the Terriers on top, 11-6.  Hiram added another run in the sixth on a RBI sacrifice fly by freshman Taylor Petersal (Warren/Champion).  But the Bishops fought back with five runs in the bottom of the inning to pull to within a run, 12-11.  Following a scoreless seventh inning by Hiram, OWU got the lead-off runner on base, but the Terriers would get the Bishops to record three straight outs to hold on for the 12-11 victory.

Hiram ended the game with 12 hits and was led by the duo of Charles and freshman outfielder Miranda Wright (Richfield/Revere) who both finished with three hits.  Charles went three-of-five to go along with a run scored and two RBI, while Wright finished three-of-four and scored a run.  Loyer and Pike also recorded multi-hit games with a pair of two-of-four efforts.  Loyer also scored two runs and drove in three runs.  Pike added a run scored and a RBI.

On the mound, Charles started the game and ended up pitching five innings allowing 11 runs on 15 hits and struck out one batter.  She also got the win to improve to 10-6 overall.  Junior Ashley Hinkle (Parma) pitched an inning of relief giving up no runs on one hit.  Senior Amethyst Brigham (Middlefield/Ohio State) pitched the final inning and got the save, giving up no runs and no hits to go along with one strikeout.

Hiram is scheduled to travel to Erie, Pa. for a non-conference doubleheader against Penn State-Behrend on Thursday, Apr. 19.  The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m.