Hiram Erupts for 14 Runs in Fourth Inning and Advance to Regional Final

Hiram Erupts for 14 Runs in Fourth Inning and Advance to Regional Final

ADRIAN, Mich. – Hiram College scored all 19 of its runs with two outs to chase Trine University from the Adrian Regional of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship.

Hiram fell behind 6-1 after two innings, but pitcher Alyssa Lane erased the deficit with one swing of the bat. Her grand slam over the right field fence in the fourth gave her team the lead and it went on to record a 19-7 victory over Trine in five innings.

Trine could have gotten out of the fourth inning as a dropped foul ball would have been the third out. The Terriers went on to plate 13 runs as 15 consecutive batters reached base.

Hiram started to make its comeback with a four-run third inning as consecutive two-out walks to Jena Ervin and Jessica Bolanz extended the frame for Lane to deliver a RBI single and Kelcie Cuckler to chase two runs home on a single.

Lane finished 3-for-3 with six RBI. Kristen Cooney went 2-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored. Ervin was 1-for-1 with three walks and three runs scored.

The Terriers decided to issue intentional walks to Trine pitcher Andi Gasco her first two times up, and Lauren Harris delivered three runs batted in to lift Trine to a 6-1 lead.

Harris' two-run single in the second boosted Trine to a 5-1 lead. She also produced a RBI single in the first.

Hiram will play DePauw for the regional championship. Hiram's 28th win is a single-season record.