Posted: Mar 06, 2018
March 6-TUCSON, Ariz. – Freshman Kaitlyn Hager led the Hiram College softball team during the second day of the Tucson Invitational, Tuesday afternoon.
Hiram fell short in game one, dropping a 4-2 decision against Bethany Lutheran.
Hager led the way for the Terriers in the first game, finishing with three hits while scoring two runs. Sophmore Nikki Budner notched the lone RBI of the game.
Hager also made her mark on the mound allowing just four hits and tallied four strikeouts.
The Terriers redeemed themselves in game two, prevailing 6-2 over Northland.
Hager opened up the Hiram scoring, recording her first career home run in the third inning (2-1) and tallying her first RBI of the night.
The Terriers and Jills both remained scoreless in the fourth inning, but a shift began in the fifth in Hiram's favor.
The bases were loaded and sophomore Shalynn Call was up to bat. Call doubled up the middle to bring home three runners including freshman Tory McCutcheon, Hager, and sophomore Isabelle Miranda.
In the sixth inning, the remaining two runs were scored with a double from Miranda and a single from Hager to secure then 6-2 victory.
The Hiram offense was key in their victory over Northland. Four Terriers finished the game with multiple hits. Hager, Call, junior Makenzie Dombrowski, and Miranda each had two.
Junior Chase Martinez pitched the second game surrendering just seven hits and struck out a career-high five batters in the win.
Hiram will return to action on Wednesday, March 7, with matchups against Central (IA) at 9:00 a.m., and Trine (Ind.) at 11:00 a.m.