(HIRAM, Ohio) - The Carnegie Mellon University softball team split action at Hiram College to move to 3-1 for the season, dropping game one by a 3-1 score while winning a wild 8-inning game, 14-12, in the second game. Freshman Amanda Smith (New Cumberland, Pa. / Trinity) got both decisions and is now 2-1 for the year.
Game 1 - Hiram 3, Tartans 1
Smith struckout nine batters in the game while scattering three hits in 4.2 innings of relief work for the Tartans. Hiram was able to plate two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on in the top of the seventh to earn the win. Offensively, junior Megan Hu (Katy, Texas / Seven Lakes) and junior Summer Faille (Thousand Oaks, Calif. / Westlake) each had two hits in the game with Hu earning the RBI with a double in the third inning.
Game 2 - Tartans 14, Hiram 12
Hiram held a 9-6 lead after scoring four runs off four hits in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Tartans tied the score at 9-all in the top of the sixth after freshman Kiera Boucher (Ridgewood, N.J. / Ridgewood) reached on a single to right field with two outs. After a walk by pinch-hitter Piper Johnson (Riverside, Calif. / Martin Luther King), junior Audrey Pederson (Bedford, N.H. / Bedford) tripled to right field with two strikes. Following a pitching change for the Terriers, sophomore Emily Finger (Aurora, Ill. / Metea Valley) singled to left field to plate Pederson for the tying run.
After a scoreless 1.5 innings, the Tartans pushed five runs across the plate in the eigth with fifth hits, including another triple by Pederson to right field.
The Terriers didn't go down without a fight, plating one run after a bunt single and throwing error and another two runs after a passed ball.
With one out and runners at first and third, Pederson fielded a ground ball at first base and picked off the runner at third for the second out.
Smith, who entered the game in the seventh inning, closed the game with a strikeout, her 12th of the day.
The Tartans will next travel to Geneva College on Monday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.