April 26 – GROVE CITY, Pa. – The Terrier softball team dropped both halves of a non-conference doubleheader to Grove City College on Wednesday afternoon. Hiram fell 3-2 in game one, before dropping a 4-0 decision in the night cap.
In game one, the Terriers got to Grove City pitching early, using the speed of senior Dana Perrotta to scratch out the first run of the game. After reaching on a fielders' choice, the center fielder stole both second and third before being brought home on a sacrifice bunt from Brittany Zajac.
The next batter was Kourtney Holcomb, who doubled to left field, scoring Shalynn Call to push the Terrier advantage to 2-0 in the first. The hit gave Holcomb her team-leading 30th on the season, while driving in her 12th RBI.
Despite pitching well in the game, Zajac and Call were victims of five Terrier errors in game one, which lead to three runs for the home team.
A pair of errors in the bottom of the first inning brought in the first run for the Wolverines, while a double, coupled with the fourth error of the game allowed Grove City to knot the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth.
It was in the bottom of the sixth that Grove City tallied the go ahead run. Thanks to an error that extended the inning, Breanna Lent scored the game-winning run. After drawing a walk, Liz Scherer attempted to steal second which forced a throw from the Terrier catcher, allowing Lent to score on the fielder's choice.
Despite taking the loss, the pitching staff performed well, allowing just seven hits and zero earned runs while striking out one batter.
Offensively, Perrotta paced the Terriers in game one, tallying a pair of hits while scoring a run. Zajac and Holcomb each added a RBI.
Miscues once again came into play in game two, as Grove City tallied their first run of the game on a fielding error, giving the hosts a 1-0 lead. Wolverine starting pitcher, Aimee Wootton would go on to post a complete-game, two-hit shutout, holding the Hiram offense down.
The Wolverines would tack on three more runs in the bottom of the fourth, but would get no more thanks to a solid pitching performance in relief from Makenzie Dombrowski. The sophomore worked 2.0 innings in relief, not allowing a hit and striking out two. Despite the performance, Hiram still succumbed to the 4-0 decision.
Hiram will conclude the 2017 season on Saturday, April 29, as they travel to Springfield, Ohio to take on the Tigers of Wittenberg University. The Terriers' North Coast Athletic Conference finale is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.