Softball uses late rally to split NCAC opener with DePauw (Ind.)

Softball uses late rally to split NCAC opener with DePauw (Ind.)

By: Andrew Korba

HIRAM, Ohio -- The Hiram College softball team used a 4-run seventh inning rally to earn a walkoff win in Game 2 of a doubleheader against DePauw (Ind.) on Sunday.

The Tigers (14-9, 5-1 NCAC) took the first game 6-4 with a late rally of their own, but Hiram (4-12, 1-1 NCAC) stormed back to win Game 2 by a 8-7 score.

In the second game, DePauw jumped out to a 7-1 lead through the first four innings.

The Terriers scored three times in the fifth on a RBI groundout by senior Miranda Wright (Richfield/Revere) and a 2-RBI double by junior Meghan Garland (Mineral Ridge).

Hiram then rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh for the improbable 8-7 win.

After the first two runners reached, Garland singled to score sophomore Emily Syrjala (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Prep).

Junior Danielle Latine (Eastlake/North) would follow with a double that scored both junior Nicole Hoy (Brunswick) and Garland.

The Tigers would get a strikeout and intentionally walked junior Jessica Wahl (Akron/Ellet).

Sophomore Dana Perrotta (New Castle, Pa.) stepped up and hit a grounder to third. The third baseman bobbled the ball and her throw sailed wide of first to score the winning run and give the Terriers the walkoff win.

Garland led the Terriers going 2-for-2 with three RBI's and a run scored. In addition, she pitched four innings in relief, giving up two runs an striking out two to pick up her first win of the season.

In Game 1, the Terriers (3-13, 0-2 NCAC) broke a scoreless tie in the third inning on a RBI double down the left field line by sophomore Brittany Zajac (Corry, Pa.).

The Tigers answered with two in the fourth and tacked on another run in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead.

Hiram stormed back in the sixth, plating three runs to take a 4-3 lead.

Latine hit a rocket to first that the first baseman fielded. She threw home, but her throw was high allowing Hoy to score.

Wright laced a 2-run single a few batters later to give Hiram the lead.

But DePauw put together a 2-out rally in the seventh and scored three times. The Terriers were retired in order in the seventh to give the Tigers the win.

Garland went all seven innings and gave up five earned runs while striking out two.

Wright and Hoy led Hiram by each going 2-for-4.

The Terriers will have a quick turnaround and will take on Kenyon in a road NCAC doubleheader on Monday, beginning at 3:30 p.m.