April 19 – GAMBIER, Ohio – Playing in their second doubleheader in as many days, the Hiram College softball team fell twice to Kenyon College on Wednesday. The Terriers fell 7-2 in game one, before dropping the second half of the twin bill, 8-1.
Freshman Nikki Budner carried the offensive load for the Terriers throughout the doubleheader, tallying five of the team's nine hits. Budner went 2-for-3 in game one, before going 3-for-3 and reaching base in all four at bats in game two.
Three of Budner's hits were for extra bases, including a pair of doubles and her second home run of the season. The hits, as well as the extra-base efforts, marked career highs for the freshman in the span of a doubleheader.
The Terriers struck first in the opening game, getting their first run in the top of the third inning. After both teams failed to convert on chances in the first two innings, Budner posted her first extra-base hit, homering to left field to give Hiram a 1-0 lead.
The Ladies came back in the home half of the third, putting together four runs on six hits to take a 4-1 advantage. Grace Pilz came through with the big hit of the inning, singling home a pair to give the hosts the lead.
Kenyon would plate three more in the bottom of the fourth, getting a two-run double from Amanda Ortega before Brittany Patterson added the Ladies' last run with a single.
Coming in to pitch in the bottom of the fourth, Shalynn Call performed well in the circle. The freshman retired eight of the 11 batters she faced, allowing just three singles in 2.2 innings while keeping Kenyon off the board in the fifth and sixth.
The Hiram offense, however, was stifled for just one more run in the game. Budner came through in the sixth with a leadoff double, before scoring on a RBI single from Kourtney Holcomb. The RBI marked Holcomb's 10th of the season.
Just like game one, Budner got the Terriers going in game two, doubling to right center with one out. A single by Call, coupled with a Kenyon error then scored Budner to give Hiram a 1-0 lead.
The Ladies would come back and control the middle innings, tying the game in the bottom of the third before taking the lead with a three-run, fourth inning. Kenyon then put the game away with a four-run frame in the bottom of the sixth with the big hit coming on a bases-loaded, two-run single from Pilz.
The Terriers will be back in action on Friday, April 21, as they return home to take on Baldwin Wallace in a non-conference doubleheader. The matchup at Herndon Field is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start.