On a day that celebrated their lone senior, Chase Martinez, the Terrier softball team put together one of their most complete performances, dominating Oberlin College on Wednesday afternoon.
The Terriers snagged the opening game, 4-1, before earning an 8-0 victory in six innings in the night cap. Starting in both games at first base, Martinez finished the doubleheader with a pair of hits and a run scored in her final home games at Herndon Field.
The storyline of the night, however, belong to sophomore pitcher Bailey Scheck, who has continued to get sharper as the season has progressed.
Scheck pitched both games of the doubleheader, throwing 13 total innings of work and allowing zero earned runs throughout the day. She scattered eight hits over those 13 innings, which included throwing a one-hit shutout in game two.
Offensively, Hiram pounded out 21 hits on the afternoon and were led by a perfect outing from freshman Megan Davis. The first-year player combined to hit 7-for-7 from the dish over the two games, driving in four runs (two RBIs in each outing).
In the opening game, the Terriers jumped on the board early after Scheck began the afternoon by retiring the Yeowomen in order. After Kaitlyn Hager reached on a hit by pitch, Giselle Bahena put runners at second and third with a double to right center. Davis then uncorked a two-run double to give the Terriers a 2-0 lead.
Hiram would add another run in the second as Giselle Chavez brought home Martinez with a sacrifice fly to push the advantage to 3-0.
Oberlin posted their only run of the afternoon in the top of the fifth inning on a RBI groundout before Hiram came back to push the lead back to three. In the bottom of the frame, Davis doubled to lead off the inning and was brought home on a RBI single by Mariah Sheffield to round out the scoring.
Along with Davis' 3-for-3 performance, Hager posted a pair of hits of lead the way for the Terriers. Scheck went seven, allowing just six hits (all singles) while striking out six.
In game two, the Terriers once again jumped out to an early lead, getting two in the first inning. Isabelle Gonzales led off the game drawing a full-count walk before stealing second base. The swipe marked the freshman's team-leading 11th of the season. Hager then followed with a RBI double, before Davis brought her home with a base knock to push Hiram's lead to 2-0.
Gonzales once again got things going in the third inning, tripling to lead off the frame, before she came home on a sacrifice bunt from Hager to extend the advantage to 3-0. After a walk issued to Bahena and another hit by Davis, Leah Valdez brought in a run with a free pass. Two Terriers then scored on an error and the Hiram lead was six.
Outside of allowing a single to the second batter she faced in game two, Scheck surrendered just three more baserunners through the remainder of the contest, including retiring the side in order in the fourth, fifth and sixth.
Hiram ended the contest early thanks to two more runs in the bottom half of the sixth frame. Freshman Mikaylin Moore brought in a RBI, before Davis ended the game with a single to right, scoring Isabelle Miranda to end the outing, 8-0.
Six different Terriers registered a hit in game two, including Davis' four-hit night. Giselle Chavez posted a pair of hits while Martinez, Gonzalez, Miranda and Hager all added one, each.
With her 7-hit day, Davis upped her season batting average to .493, while slugging .672 on the season. She has posted 11 of her 33 hits for extra bases and leads the Terriers with 17 RBIs.
For Scheck, her pitching performance dropped her season ERA to a career-best 3.30. She has now thrown 121 total innings and now sits fifth on the Terriers' single-season strikeout list (80).
After taking a break for the holiday weekend, the Terriers will return to action on April 23 as they travel to The College of Wooster. The matchup with the Scots is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start.