April 14 – HIRAM, Ohio – Despite pounding out 26 hits over the course of a doubleheader, the Hiram College softball team dropped a pair of games to Ohio Wesleyan University on Friday afternoon. The Terriers fell 9-2 in game one, before coming up short in game two, 10-9.
Hiram showed fight in the second game of the day, despite giving up seven runs in the top of the first inning to fall behind, 7-0. The Battling Bishops sent 11 batters to the plate in the frame, stringing together five of their 13 hits.
The Terriers, however, would not go away, putting together their own hit parade, as they tied a season high with 17 in the game.
Hiram came right back in the bottom of the first, cutting the OWU lead from seven down to three with a four-run frame. With the bases full of Terriers, Kourtney Holcomb singled home Hiram's first run of the game, scoring Shalynn Call to make the score 7-1.
The next batter was Brittany Zajac, who uncorked a two-out, bases-clearing double to center field, scoring Holcomb, Makenzie Dombrowski and Brooklynn Grein to make the score 7-4. Zajac's double was the third bases-loaded double for the Terriers in the last two days.
After Ohio Wesleyan extended the lead to 8-4 in the top of the second, Hiram would chip away again in the home half. With Nikki Budner on second base, the Terriers posted back-to-back RBI doubles from Dombrowski and Holcomb to cut the advantage to 8-6.
Hiram would complete the comeback in the bottom of the third inning, getting three-straight hits to open the frame. Following singles by both Heather Pahoresky and Dana Perrotta, the duo moved to second and third on a wild pitch. Budner then brought them home with a RBI single to left, knotting the game at 8-8.
The Battling Bishops would take the lead once again in the top of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly, and would hold the advantage until the bottom of the sixth, when the Terriers would once again show their grit.
With one out in the frame, Holcomb reached on a single and was moved to third on a double down the left-field line by Zajac. Following a fly-out, Pahoresky came through with a two-out, game-tying, single which scored Holcomb to tie the game 9-9.
Ohio Wesleyan, however, would have the final say, tacking on a run in the top of the seventh on a single by Amanda Boyle before holding the Terriers scoreless in their final at bat to secure the 10-9 decision.
Despite the loss, the Hiram bats stayed hot, pounding out 17 hits, which matches a season high. Budner, Holcomb Zajac and Pahoresky all posted a trio of hits, with Zajac tallying two doubles and three RBIs. Holcomb drove in two runs in the game, while Budner also added two. Dombrowski and Pahroesky each drove in one.
In game number one, the Battling Bishops took the decision 9-2, tallying four multi-run innings in the decision. Hiram responded with a pair of runs in the game, both coming on a RBI double from Call. Call finished the first game 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Grein also posted three hits in the game.
Hiram will be back in action on Tuesday, April 18, as they travel to Greencastle, Ind. for a doubleheader with DePauw. The conference matchup is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.