GRANVILLE, Ohio -- Denison got back into the win column with a pair of North Coast Athletic Conference victories over Hiram College on Sunday afternoon. The Big Red won the opener, 6-1, before taking the finale 14-4 in six innings.
The doubleheader, originally scheduled to be played in Hiram, Ohio on Saturday, featured a coaching matchup between Denison head coach Tiffany Ozbun and her former assistant coach, Scott Pohlman, who is in his first year as head coach of the Terriers. Since the game was supposed to be played at Hiram, the Terriers served as the home team in both games.
The Big Red jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first behind four hits and a fielding miscue. Senior Ryan Lee knocked in Sarah Herold with a double to center before a base hit by Lauren Secaras, coupled with a fielding error in left, resulted in Lee touching the dish. Secaras came around to score on a single to right by freshman Lindsey Clemson.
Herold helped her own cause in the fourth by driving in Kerry Hager with a single up the middle, while a two-run homer by Laura Bagan in the fifth extended DU's advantage to 6-0. Brittany Zajac broke up Herold's shutout bid with a single to right that plated Brooklyn Grein in the sixth. In the bottom of the seventh, freshman Taryn Welch replaced Herold inside the circle and retired the side in order which included a strikeout swinging to end the game.
All nine starters in the Big Red lineup recorded a hit, highlighted by Secaras' 3-for-4 outing. Herold and Clemson each had two hits, while Bagan knocked in a pair. Six different DU players scored a run in the win. Herold (10-4) was victorious inside the circle after surrendering one run on seven hits with three strikeouts in six innings of work.
Denison scored in five of the six innings in the nightcap, plating multiple runs in three of those five frames. Another strong start got the Big Red out to a 4-0 lead. Five-consecutive hits to open the game fueled the offensive output. Ricki Asher and Secaras each had RBI base hits, while Bagan knocked in a pair with a double to left. Junior Katie Folkers scored a single run in the second before a five-run third put DU in front 10-0. Secaras led off the frame with a solo homer down the left line. With the bases full, Hager plated Bagan with a sacrifice fly to center. A bases-loaded wild pitch allowed Clemson to touch the dish before Lee capped off the scoring with a two-run double to left center.
Freshman Ellie Head pushed the Big Red's lead to 11 runs with a pinch-hit RBI single through the left side in the fourth. Head's first-career hit came in just her second at bat. Hiram avoided a five-inning run rule with a four-spot in the bottom of the frame. However, a three-run sixth put DU back in front by 10 runs. Hager scored the first run of the sixth on a wild pitch before a double to left center plated Mckinly Vazquez and pinch runner Charlotte Happel. Senior Erin Laswell improved to 7-3 on the year after going the distance. Laswell surrendered three earned runs (four total) on eight hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
The Big Red offense finish one hit shy of tying the single-game record with 20. Of those 20 hits, 16 were singles. Six of Denison starters registered multiple hits, highlighted by a 5-for-5 performance from Lee. Those five hits tied the single-game school record for most hits by a DU player. The senior finished with two doubles, four RBIs and a run scored. Bagan was 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs, while Secaras had two hits, including a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. Asher, freshman Montana Schug and Folkers also had two hits apiece.
DU improves to 25-11 overall and 9-3 in the NCAC, while the Terriers fall to 7-25 and 2-10 in league play. Denison will be back in action on Tuesday (April 25) when they travel to Greencastle, Ind. to take on the DePauw Tigers. Game one of that doubleheader is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.