DePauw Tops Hiram in NCAA Softball First-Round Play
May 7, 2009
May 7, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — With all of the game's scoring taking place in the first inning, 15th-ranked and second-seeded DePauw took a 2-1 win over seventh-seeded Hiram in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championship.
The Tigers improved to 29-7 and take on Thomas More at Noon on Friday, while Hiram dropped to 26-15 and faces Adrian tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Hiram took a 1-0 lead in the first as Stephanie Zunic led off the game with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Megan Samuel drew a walk before before Whitney Dropsey singled to load the bases. Chastine Romanello hit a grounder to first and the Tigers got the force at the plate, but the ball got away on the throw down to first allowing Samuel to score.
DePauw struck back in the bottom of the first as Chelsy Patterson walked and moved to second on Brianne Weeks' sacrifice bunt. Rachel Gill delivered a run-scoring double and Jen Kosinski scored Gill with a single to left.
The Tigers totaled seven hits in the win led by Emma Minx with two. Samuel paced the Terriers with two of their five hits.
Megan Soultz improved to 26-7 with the win and extended her streak of not allowing an earned run to 52 2/3 innings. Whitney Dropsey dropped to 17-9 with the loss.