Posted: Mar 08, 2018
March 8-TUCSON, Ariz. – The Hiram College softball team split their fourth pair of games, falling 9-1 to Moravian and tallying their third win of the season against Fontbonne (12-7), in their fourth day of play at the Tucson Invitational, Thursday afternoon.
In game one, against Moravian Zoe Ceballos led the Terriers scoring the lone run of the game. Kaitlyn Hager, Tory McCutcheon, Carmen West, and Nikki Budner each tallied a hit in the game against the Greyhounds.
The Terriers redeemed themselves in game two in the 12-7 victory over Fontbonne.
The Hiram offense was key in their victory over the Griffins. The even scoring effort and two home runs helped the Terriers notch the win.
Amanda Holzman finished with a pair of hits, while eight other Terriers had at least a single hit including Budner, Mariah Sheffield, Isabelle Miranda, Makenzie Dombrowski, Giselle Bahena, Shalynn Call, Alexus Acton, and Kaitlyn Hager.
The Terriers opened up the scoring with a bang, Acton scored Hiram's first home run of the game in the top of the first inning.
Tied 1-1 going into the second inning the Griffins went on a four-point run, holding the Terriers scoreless in the frame (5-1).
Hiram responded in the third inning with a six-point advantage (7-5). The first run of the inning was from Call who singled to right center, advancing Acton to second, Hager to third, and allowing West to score. Bahena stepped up to the plate and singled to right center bringing Acton and Hager home. Sheffield scored her first career home run, tallying 3 RBI's, bringing home Bahena and Call.
The fourth inning was a silent one, Fontbonne nor Hiram was able to get on the board. The action picked back up in the fifth where Hiram maintained the scoring momentum tallying five runs to the Griffins one.
The Terriers solidified their win with back-to-back runs in the fifth frame. Budner started off with a single to left center scoring Dombrowski. Holzman scored her first double, to drive in Sheffield and Miranda. Hager followed the lead doubling to right center, to help score Holzman and Budner, the last two Hiram runs of the night (12-6).
In the remaining two innings the Griffins scored only one additional run securing the 12-7 victory in Hiram's favor.
On the mound, Hager pitched all seven innings picking up her first win in the circle only allowing seven hits and five strikeouts.
The Terriers will wrap up the Tucson Invitational Friday, March 9 with matchups against Rockford at 11:00 a.m. and Saint Benedict at 1:00 p.m.