March 21 – NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Coming off of an 11-day hiatus, the Hiram College softball team earned a split with Westminster College on Tuesday afternoon. The Terriers earned a 4-3 extra-inning victory in game one, before falling in game two, 10-3.
In the first game of the doubleheader, senior pitcher Brittany Zajac performed well in the circle, throwing all eight innings to pick up her first victory of the season. The senior allowed just two earned runs, scattering seven hits throughout the game.
The Terriers got on the board first in their first at bats as Shalynn Call doubled down the left-field line to put a runner on second with two outs. The next batter was Kourtney Holcomb, who singled home Call to give Hiram a 1-0 lead.
The host Titans responded in the bottom of the first inning before Zajac and the Titan starting pitcher traded zeros over the next four innings.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Westminster tallied the go-ahead run on a RBI by Cheyenne Shifflett, taking a 2-1 advantage.
Zajac helped her own cause in the top of the seventh inning, getting on with a lead-off single to open the frame. Pinch runner Hayley Adams then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dana Perrotta, before showing off her speed by coming around to score on a passed ball and a wild pitch to tie the game.
After Zajac forced extra innings by holding the Titans at bay in the bottom of the seventh, Hiram took advantage of Westminster miscues. With runners on first and second and no outs, the Terriers used a double steal and an errant throw by the Titan catcher allowed Budner to score the go-ahead run. Call then came home on a throwing error to extend the lead to 4-2.
With a runner on second base due to the extra-inning rule, Zajac worked a perfect ninth, allowing just one run to score on a ground out, giving Hiram the 4-3 victory.
With her pitching performance, Zajac earned her first complete-game victory of the season. Her eight innings pitched also marked a new career high.
Offensively, both Zajac and Call finished with a pair of hits, while Call crossed the plate, twice.
In game two, the Terriers fell prey to five defensive miscues, including four in the fourth inning which lead to six Titan runs. Using the fourth inning as an offensive boots, Westminster handed Hiram the 10-3 defeat in game two.
Offensively, the Terriers received two-hit performances from both Dombrowski and Holcomb. Holcomb led the offense, reaching base safely in all three at bats, including notching her first collegiate home run in the top of the fifth inning.
The Terriers will be back in action on Thursday, March 23, as they travel to Tiffin, Ohio to compete against Heidelberg University. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.