April 9 - ALLIANCE, Ohio - Highlighted by an extra-inning walk-off winner from senior Dana Perrotta, the Hiram College softball team earned a split with The University of Mount Union on Sunday afternoon. Hiram dropped game one, 10-0, before taking game two, 10-9.
Despite holding a five-run advantage in the seventh inning of game two, the Terriers needed the late-game heroics from Nikki Budner and Perrotta to grab the victory.
Trailing by a run in the bottom of the ninth, Budner came through with a game-tying RBI double to knot the score at 9-9.
Two batters later with runners on second and third, the Terriers used the squeeze play to perfection as Perrotta brought home Budner with the bunt to give Hiram the 10-9 win.
Tied at 1-1, Hiram took lead in the bottom of the third, as Kourtney Holcomb put runners on second and third with a double to center field.
After Call scored on a wild pitch, Brooklynn Grein singled home Holcomb to stake Hiram to a 3-1 advantage.
The Raiders responded in the top of the fourth, getting their first three runners aboard, including a RBI triple from Brooke Cox, to tie the game at 3-3.
Hiram immediately responded in support of Dombrowski, who made the start on the mound. Perrotta showed off her speed, reaching on an error and stealing second and third. She then scored on a RBI ground out by Alexus Acton to give the Terriers the lead.
From there, the home runs came into play as Call notched a solo shot for her second of the season to give the Terriers a 5-3 lead. Dombrowski then helped her own cause, launching a three-run homer to extend the advantage. The home run was the first of her career.
Mount Union came all the way back in their last at bats, tallying five runs in the top of the seventh. The big play came on a three-run home run from freshman Anna Saxton which tied the game at 8-8 with two outs in the frame.
In extra innings, both teams had their chances in the eighth, with both sides loading the bases with no outs. However, neither team could plate a run and the teams went to the ninth, where Perrotta and Budner provided the late-game heroics.
Brittany Zajac picked up her second win of the season, pitching 2.2 innings of relief while not allowing an earned run.
Offensively in game two, five players tallied multi-hit games, led by Holcomb, who reached base in all five at bats. She finished the game 4-for-4 with a walk. Perrotta, Call, Grein and Budner all tallied two hits.
Hiram will be back in action Thursday, April 13, as they get back to North Coast Athletic Conference play. The Terriers will take on Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa. with first pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.m.