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Softball Splits Season-Opening Day

Softball Splits Season-Opening Day
March 5 – TUCSON, Ariz. – The Hiram College softball team went 1-1 on the first day of the Tucson Invitational. Hiram dropped a 7-5 loss to Oneonta, and came back to pick up their first victory of the season against Husson (9-8), Monday afternoon. 
Against Oneonta, Hiram led the Red Dragons 2-1 in the opening inning but was unable to get a run from the second to the fourth, where Oneonta led 7-2. With the Red Dragons up by five runs, the Terriers made a last-minute effort tallying three runs in the remaining inning. Despite the late burst of momentum, Hiram
was unable to prevail and the Red Dragons secured the win (7-5). 
Freshman Kaitlyn Hager tallied two of the five runs with junior Carmen West and freshmen Tory McCutcheonand Amanda Holzman tallied a run apiece. 
On the mound, for the Terriers freshman, Bailey Scheck made her collegiate career debut pitching for the first four innings, and junior Chase Martinez closed out the remaining three. The pitching duo allowed just nine hits, and four strikeouts. 
In the last matchup of the day, the Terriers quickly got to work, driving in eight of their nine runs in the first inning (8-2). 
Hiram got their first run of the game after sophomore Shalynn Call tripled up the middle to drive home Hager. Next, freshman Giselle Bahena singled to right field, allowing sophomore Nikki Budner to advance to second, bringing Call home. 
The bases were loaded when sophomore Bebe Grein was up to bat, she singled up the middle, helping Budner score the third run of the game. Off back-to-back walks, freshman Alexus Acton and  West, drove Bahena and sophomore Isabelle Miranda to score their first runs of the night. Grein and Acton took advantage of an error by the catcher to score a run apiece. Call picked up her second RBI of the night after doubling up the middle, bring West home for the final run of the inning.
Up by eight, the Terriers entered the third inning where Hager scored the lone run of the frame off a sacrifice bunt by Budner. 
Hiram's defense went to work holding Husson to just four runs until the fifth inning (8-5). 
Husson and the Terriers both remained scoreless in the sixth inning, before the Eagles had a seventh-inning recharge, and managed to tack on three more runs in their final at-bat. The last-minute spark was not enough, Hiram maintained the 9-8 victory. 
 Junior Makenzie Dombrowski made her first season appearance pitching six of the innings against the Eagles, Martinez once again closed out the remaining time. Dombrowski had nine strikeouts and Martinez allowed just one hit. 
Hiram will be back in action on Tuesday, March 6 as they continue their spring break trip in Tucson, Ariz. with matchups against Bethany Lutheran and Northland (Wisc.).