By: Andrew Korba
HIRAM, Ohio -- Wittenberg used a pair of sixth inning rallies to sweep past the Hiram College softball team in a NCAC doubleheader on Saturday.
The Terriers are now 8-20 on the season and 4-8 in the NCAC, while the Tigers improve to 19-15, 11-5.
The games were moved to Hiram due the projected forecasts in Springfield. The Terriers served as the away team in both games.
Game 1 featured a pitchers duel, with neither team able to score through five innings.
Hiram put together a rally in the sixth and loaded the bases. Junior Nicole Hoy (Brunswick) stepped up and was hit by the pitch to score freshman Hayley Bukala (North Olmsted) and give Hiram the 1-0 lead.
The Tigers would rally in the sixth and score twice to jump in front 2-1.Hiram put a runner on the seventh, but couldn't score.
The Tigers would answer with three in the bottom of the first, but the Terriers responded with a 2-run homer from Hoy to knot the score at 3-3 in the second. The home run was the first of Hoy's career.
The Tigers would threaten in the fifth, putting runners on the corners with nobody out. But Garland was able to induce two popouts and got a nice diving stop from Wright to escape the jam and keep the score knotted at 3-3.
Wittenberg would then grab control of the game with a seven run sixth frame to record the 10-3 victory.
Hiram will play again on Sunday, when it hosts Denison in a NCAC doubleheader at 1 p.m. The Terriers will honor their two seniors before the game.