Softball Splits Senior Day Doubleheader Against Oberlin

Softball Splits Senior Day Doubleheader Against Oberlin

By: Abbey Lipcsik

HIRAM, Ohio – In their final home doubleheader of the regular season, the Hiram College softball team split their pair of games against the Oberlin Yeowomen on Tuesday afternoon.

The Terriers fell 11-7 in game one before upending Oberlin 5-3 in game two.

Hiram came out strong in game one, outscoring the Yeowomen 6-1 through five innings.

The first pair of Terrier runs came in the bottom of the second when Nikki Budner hit a two-RBI single to left field, scoring Makenzie Dombrowski and Brittany Zajac.

After a scoreless third inning, Hiram added another two runs in their fourth frame. With bases loaded and two outs, Brooklynn Grein singled to left center to score Budner and Heather Pahoresky (4-0).

The final set of runs came in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a pair of Oberlin errors. After Shalynn Call and Zajac reached base, the Terriers took advantage of the Yeowomen miscues to bring both runners across. 

The Yeowomen made a comeback in their next frame, tacking on five runs to tie the score at six. Both teams fought for the lead in their final frames, but neither team scored and the game went into extra innings.

The score remained the same until the tenth inning when the teams traded a run to keep the score tied (7). Oberlin would then tally four additional runs in their eleventh frame to take the lead for the first time in the game (11-7). Despite Terriers making it on base, Hiram was unable to score in their final at-bat, securing the win for Oberlin.

Grein led the Terrier offense. The freshman finished the game 4-4 with three RBIs. Seniors Dana Perrotta and Zajac also added three hits apiece.

Hiram redeemed themselves in game two. Thanks to a four-run frame in the bottom of the third, the Terriers took a 5-1 lead going into the second half of the game.

Budner opened the inning with a single, which was followed by a sac bunt by Perrotta to advance her to second. Zajac then doubled to left center to bring Budner home (2-1). The senior would then come home to score in the next at-bat after Pahoresky reached on an error.

The final two runs of the frame were also results of Oberlin errors. After a single by Emily Syrjala and a walk by Marley Oles, the miscue by the Yeowomen brought home Pahoresky and Syrjala.

Both teams went scoreless for the next three innings. Although Oberlin managed to tack on two more runs in their final at-bat, Zajac shut the door in the final frame to secure the senior-day split.

With the win, Zajac improved to 5-3, marking her best record as a starting pitcher in her career. The senior tallied her second complete game of the season, allowing just five hits throughout the course of the day.

Hiram will have a quick turnaround as they travel to Grove City for a doubleheader tomorrow, April 26. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.