HIRAM, Ohio – As the weather began to warm up in Portage County, so too did the Hiram College softball team's pitching staff. The Terrier arms produced two complete-game performances as Hiram played to a split with Kenyon College on Sunday afternoon.
A two-out RBI single by the Ladies in the top of the first inning proved to be the lone earned run surrendered by Terrier pitching in game one. The run would be enough to stand up as Hiram posted just five hits and could not scratch across a run.
Kenyon added another run in the fourth on a Terrier error to push the lead to 2-0.
Hiram threatened in the bottom of the third inning, collecting three hits to lead off the frame, before Kenyon starter Keely Sweet worked herself out of the frame.
Sweet was just as effective as Hager in her start, going the distance while surrendering just five hits and striking out three.
Hager was saddled with the hard-luck loss, allowing just one earned on four singles while striking out four. She allowed just five total base runners throughout her seven innings of work.
After being held scoreless in the first game, Hiram wasted no time in game two, as Hager led off the frame with a single. After moving to second on a sacrifice bunt from Makenzie Dombrowski, Shalynn Call doubled home Hager to give the Terriers a 1-0 advantage.
The Ladies took advantage of a Terrier miscue in the top of the third inning to plate two runs in the frame and take a 2-1 advantage off of Scheck.
The Terrier bats would respond in the home half of the frame, getting a leadoff triple from Hager. The extra-base hit marked her team-leading 14th of the season, but just her first-career triple.
The next batter was Dombrowski, who singled to left center to knot the game at 2-2. After advancing to second on a sac bunt by Call, the junior moved to third on a flyout before scoring on a failed pickoff attempt to give the Terriers a 3-2 lead.
On her birthday, it was Dombrowski who came through once again in the fourth inning, singling home Alexus Acton to push the lead to 4-2 and give Hiram some breathing room.
The Ladies would add one more unearned run in the top of the sixth inning before Scheck retired the final four batters in order to preserve the 4-3 victory.
Like Hager, Scheck went the distance for the Terriers, allowing seven hits while striking out a pair to earn her third win of the season.
Offensively, the top of the Terrier order did the damage, collecting five of the team's six hits. Hager tallied two hits while scoring a pair of runs. Dombrowski also finished with two hits and two RBIs, while Call knocked in the remaining RBI.
The Terriers will get back to work on Monday afternoon as they play host to John Carroll University in non-conference action. First pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.m.