The Alma College Softball team took on Hiram College of Ohio on Thursday afternoon in the first game of the NCAA Tournament Regional, hosted by Adrian College. The Terriers took advantage of a few early Alma miscues, gaining a 4-0 lead after the first three innings.
On the strength of a shutout pitching performance by Hiram's Alyssa Lane, who held the Scots to just five hits, the Terriers earned the 4-0 victory. The Scots now move into the consolation bracket, taking on Bethany College (WV) on Friday, beginning at Noon.
"Well, I think we picked the wrong day to play perhaps our worst game of the season, but these kids will fight back tomorrow," said Alma Head Coach Denny Griffin. "Give Hiram a lot of credit for taking advantage of our mistakes and their pitcher had a good game for them. We didn't score runs when we had our chances and that always hurts. It is a cliche, but now we play one game at a time and see where it goes."
Hiram scored both runs after two outs in the inning. Jena Ervin got Hiram on the board with an infield single to shortstop deep in the hole between short and third. Jessica Bolanz then followed with an RBI single to shallow left field to make it 2-0. The Terriers loaded the bases later in the inning but a strikeout ended any further damage.
Hiram got another run in the second which was unearned to make it 3-0. The Terriers got a big break when with two outs a ball off the bat of Kelly Langland went through the legs of an Alma infielder and the Terriers scored their final run in the third.
Sr. P Tara Leddy (Saginaw, MI) took the loss for the Scots to fall to 17-4 this season. She allowed two earned runs and six hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Sr. CF Kelly Koenigsknecht (Fowler, MI) went 2-for-3 with a walk in the leadoff spot for Alma. So. 2B Kayla Smart (Jenison, MI/Jenison) was also 2-for-3 for the Scots.