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Terrier Pitching Outdueled at Westminster

Terrier Pitching Outdueled at Westminster

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Despite getting a pair of complete-game pitching performances, the Hiram College softball team dropped a pair of games to Westminster College on Saturday afternoon. The Terriers fell 3-2 in the first game, before dropping a 2-0 decision in game two.

In the opening game, the Terriers came out of the gate quickly, putting up the first two runs of the game in the top of the first inning. Freshman Kaitlyn Hager led off the game by connecting on her third home run of the season. Two batters later, Shalynn Call followed up with her second of the year, staking Hiram to a 2-0 lead. Call's homer gave her her team-leading 14th RBI of the season.

From there, Hiram posted just four more hits. Three came for extra bases, including doubles by Hager and Call as well as Makenzie Dombrowski. However, all of the Terriers' remaining hits were spread out in individual innings, not alowing Hiram to threaten throughout the rest of the game.

Westminster fought back, getting RBI doubles by Nicole Anderson in the fourth and  Kailey Liverman in the fifth to tie the game off of starting pitcher Chase Martinez.

The Titans took the lead in the bottom of the sixth, with a two-out RBI single from Courtney Dieterich. Hiram could not respond in the seventh, and the Terriers fell in game one.

Hager and Call led the offensive effort in the first game, with each player posting a pair of hits and a RBI.

In game two, the Hiram bats fell silent against Westminster pitcher, totaling just four hits in a 2-0 loss.

As the starting pitcher in game two, Dombrowski was solid, allowing just two earned runs and four hits while striking out six in six innings of work.

The game winning run was scored by the Titans on a RBI groundout in the second inning, while Dieterich added an insurance run with a home run in the sixth. Dietrich was the lone Titan to have success against Dombrowski throughout the entire day, posting three of Westminster's four hits.

Offensively for the Terriers, Hager and Nikki Budner accounted for both hits. The single in the sixth for Hager gave her a 12-game hitting streak to open her career.

Hiram is scheduled to be back in action on Tuesday, March 20, as they take on The University of Mount Union. The matchup with the Purple Raiders is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start.

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