Lane’s Grand Slam Keeps Softball Alive in NCAA Tournament With Win Against Trine (Ind.) University

May 15, 2011

ADRIAN, MICH.  –  Freshman All-North Coast Athletic Conference pitcher/utility Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo) recorded the go-ahead runs on a grand slam as part of a 14-run bottom of the fourth inning as the Hiram College softball team kept it’s NCAA Division III tournament hopes alive with a 19-7 defeat of Trine (Ind.) University in five innings today (Sunday, May 15) in an elimination game hosted by Adrian College in Adrian, Mich.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 28-14 overall mark, setting a school single-season record for wins in a season, and advance to take on DePauw (Ind.) University in a rematch later today.  The Thunder end their season with a 30-13 overall mark.

Trine grabbed the early lead with a run in the top of the first inning, but Hiram came right back with a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a RBI single by sophomore All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Bath/Revere) to tie the game at 1-1.  The Thunder took the lead back with a five-run second inning to go up by a 6-1 advantage and added another run in the third to increase the margin to 7-1.  But the Terriers would make some noise in the bottom of the inning scoring four runs on a balk and a pair of RBI singles, including a two-RBI single by sophomore utility player Kelcie Cuckler (Barberton) to make the score 7-5.  Hiram took the lead in the fourth, all with two outs, and included a bases loaded grand slam by freshman All-North Coast Athletic Conference pitcher/utility player Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo) that gave the Terriers the advantage.  Lane also hit a RBI-double later in the inning.  Hiram would send 20 batters to the plate in the fourth and had bases loaded three more times later in the at-bat and went on to score 14 runs in the frame.  The Terriers ended up leading 19-7 after four innings of play.  Hiram tallied two straight outs to start the top of the fifth and following a defensive error, the Terriers recorded the final out via strikeout sealing a 19-7 come-from-behind victory in five innings.

Hiram totaled 12 hits in the game and was led by Lane who finished a perfect three-of-three with three runs scored and six RBI.  Junior All-NCAC outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) also had a multi-hit game going two-of-three with three runs scored and a RBI.  Seven other Terriers each recorded a base hit in the win.

Lane pitched the entire game to claim the victory and improve to 16-8 for the season.  She allowed seven runs on seven hits and struck out five batters.

Hiram advances back to the winner’s bracket and will square off against DePauw (Ind.) University later today for the second time in the Championship round.  The Terriers will need to defeat the Tigers twice to claim the regional championship and advance to the softball world series.  Gametime is scheduled for approximately 5 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.

Students, Faculty Depart on Humanitarian Trip to Dominican Republic

May 15, 2011

Fourteen Hiram College students and five faculty members will depart campus on Monday, May 16 for a 16-day humanitarian and service learning experience in the Dominican Republic. Partnering with Caminante, an organization that works to educate and train impoverished Haitian and Dominican children, the Hiram contingent will lend their expertise to three service learning projects.

“After the earthquake in Haiti last year, many members of our community began to talk about what we could do as a community to help the people of that area,” said Associate Dean and Professor of History Rodney Hessinger who is one of the faculty members leading the trip. “In doing our research we found that working in Boca Chica will enable us to help the largest number of people while keeping our students safe.”

Hiram students and faculty will spend their time on the following service learning projects:

  • Hiram students and Associate Professor of Nursing Steve Merrill will conduct health assessments and develop health promotion strategies with the children of Caminante. Health records created by the work will be sent home with the children.
  • Assistant Professor of Biology and Chemistry will work with students to establish a sustainable science program by providing science lessons, practical lab experiments, and opportunities for hands-on engagement in a variety of science disciplines for children and teens.
  • Bill Filner, co-director of Hiram’s entrepreneurship program, will lead his students through a microfinance project designed to provide poverty relief to families in or close to extreme poverty with a goal of leaving Caminate staff members with the tools to teach people how to develop and manage revenue generating entrepreneurship programs.

“Our students have the opportunity to use the expertise from the academic field,” said Hessinger. “We’re not just doing manual labor. Our nursing students are getting hands on experience with the health assessments, our biology students are excited about develop science experiments that they can leave, and our entrepreneurship students feel as if they can make a real difference by developing successful microfinance projects.”

Participating students were required to take three courses in order to prepare for the program. A student blog will provide updates on the group’s experiences. It can be read here: http://walkingwithcaminante.blogspot.com/

Softball Falls to DePauw (Ind.)

May 14, 2011

ADRIAN, MICH.  –  The Hiram College softball team was defeated by top-seeded DePauw (Ind.) University, 8-0, in five innings today (Saturday, May 14) in the 2011 NCAA Division III Tournament hosted by Adrian College in Adrian, Mich.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers fall to 27-13 overall and the Tigers improve to 30-8-1 overall for the season.

DePauw jumped out early scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 4-0 lead.  The Tigers added runs in the second and the third frames to increase the margin to a commanding 6-0 margin.  DePauw then put the game away with a pair of runs in the fifth to go up by eight runs, envoking the eight-run rule and a final score of 8-0.

Hiram had three hits in the game with junior All-NCAC outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad), junior All-Region utility player Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) and freshman All-NCAC pitcher/utility player Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo) each recording hits.

On the mound, Lane got the start and pitched three innings, but was given the loss, dropping her to 14-8 overall for the season.  She allowed six runs on four hits and had one strikeout.  Sophomore Ashley Hinkle (Parma) pitched the final inning-and-a-third giving up two runs on three hits.

Hiram will look to avoid elimination with a matchup against Trine (Ind.) University tomorrow (Sunday, May 15) in a game that begins at noon in Adrian, Mich.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.

Hiram Rallies to Defeat Baldwin-Wallace; Terriers Advance to Regional Championship Round

May 14, 2011

ADRIAN, MICH.  –  After resuming the lightning suspended game yesterday trailing 4-2, the Hiram College softball team scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning when play resumed today (Saturday, May 14) to defeat Baldwin-Wallace College, 5-4, in the regionals of the NCAA Division III Tournament hosted by Adrian College in Adrian, Mich.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers advance to the regional championship round and are now 27-12 overall.  Hiram’s 27 wins also ties the school record for most wins in a season.  The last time the Terriers posted 27 victories was in 2009 when Hiram finished 27-16.  The Yellow Jackets fall to 28-10 overall for the season with the loss.

Prior to the game being postponed yesterday due to lightning, B-W took the early lead scoring a run in the top of the first inning and then added another run in the third for a 2-0 margin.  Hiram cut the deficit in half with a run in the bottom of the fifth on a defensive error that allowed junior All-NCAC outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) to score.  The Yellow Jackets added to their lead in the top of the sixth with a pair of runs to make the score 4-1.  Hiram scored its first run of the sixth on a solo homerun by freshman shortstop Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo), her team-leading sixth of the season, to narrow the gap to 4-2.  Following a single by freshman All-NCAC pitcher/utility player Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo), the game would be suspended due to lightning with a runner on base and one out for the Terriers.

When play resumed, Hiram recorded a quick out, but then tallied two consecutive base hits to load the bases with two outs.  Freshman outfielder Sarah Loyer (Barrie, Ontario/St. Joseph’s) singled scoring two runs to tie the game, but a throwing error by B-W on the same play allowed a third run to score and gave Hiram a 5-4 edge.  The Yellow Jackets would come to bat in the seventh looking for a rally of their own, but solid defense by Hiram led by Lane, got B-W to record three straight outs securing a 5-4 come-from-behind victory for the Terriers.

Hiram finished the game with 10 hits and was led by Lane and junior All-Region utility player Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) who both finished with a pair of hits.  Lane went two-of-three at the plate and Langland finished two-of-four overall.  Six other Terriers each recorded a hit in the win.

On the mound, Lane pitched all seven innings and knotched her 15th win of the season and is now 15-7 overall.   She allowed four runs on five hits and struck out six batters.  With her six strikeouts today, Lane now has 139 for the season which is a Hiram single-season record.  She surpasses former softball standout Whitney Dropsey ’10 who held the previous mark with 137 strikeouts which she set during the 2009 season.

Hiram will advance to the regional championship round and will face top-seeded DePauw (Ind.) University later today at 2 p.m.  The Terriers need two more victories to advance to the NCAA Division III Softball World Series.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.

Sustainability Celebrated

May 13, 2011


President Chema cuts the ribbon on the Coleman Center’s solar array; Photo by Kasey Samuel Adams

Hiram’s substantial commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability was highlighted Monday May 9, with a ribbon cutting formally opening the solar power array atop the Coleman sports center.

Before cutting the ribbon symbolically observing contributions of the 237 solar panels that have been collecting energy from the sun since December 2010, and contributing a significant amount of electric power for the sports center, Hiram president Thomas Chema said the College highlighted a number of sustainability initiatives already on campus and reaffirmed the Hiram commitment to doing even more.

He also announced the formation of the newly formed Climate Commitment Council and Nate Straffon ’12, president of Students Organized for Sustainability, highlighted what students can do to help reduce the college’s carbon footprint, and make significant strides in sustainability.

In conjunction with the celebration SOS is sponsored a Food Waste Challenge which began May 4 and ran through the end of the 3-Week. After each of their meals in the Dining Hall, students were asked to scrape their plates into the trash can placed on the weight scale. SOS will record the pounds of food deposited in the trash can during each day of the challenge, with a goal of reducing the amount of waste produced daily by the end of the challenge.

Softball Defeats Alma (Mich.) in First Game of NCAA Tournament

May 12, 2011

ADRIAN, MICH.  –  The Hiram College softball team defeated Alma (Mich.) College, 4-0, in its first game of the 2011 NCAA Division III Tournament today (Thursday, May 12) hosted by Adrian College in Adrian, Mich.

With the win, the Terriers improve to 26-12 overall and the Scots fall to 33-7 overall.

Hiram took an early lead scoring two runs in the top of the first inning with RBI singles by senior two-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield) and freshman shortstop Jessica Bolanz (Randolph/Waterloo) to give the Terriers an early 2-0 lead.  Hiram added runs in the second and third innings on a defensive error and a RBI single by junior All-NCAC outfielder Marlene Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) increasing the margin to 4-0.  The four runs would be all the Terriers would need as freshman All-NCAC pitcher Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo) pitched a complete game shutout to seal a 4-0 victory.

At the plate, Hiram tallied six hits and was led by sophomore All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Bath/Revere) who finished two-of-four with a run scored.  Four other Terriers each recorded a hit in the win.

Lane pitched all seven innings and claimed her 14th win of the season and is now 14-7 overall.  She allowed no runs on five hits and struck out four batters.

Hiram advances to the winner’s bracket and will face Baldwin-Wallace College tomorrow (Friday, May 13) at 4 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.

Hiram Receives Historic Bible

May 12, 2011

Pictured: Barbara Stofan ’57; Jennifer Morrow, College Archivist (both in front); Marty Clague; Tom Chema, Hiram College President; and Andrew Stofan ’58 (standing).

Hiram’s history is rich and dates back to the middle of the 19th Century, but now thanks to a gift from Andrew Stofan, ’58 and his wife Barbara (Bedell) Stofan, ’57 the college now has a resource that dates back a century earlier to colonial America.

Stofan, who is a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, donated the Kelker family Bible, printed in 1743 in Philadelphia. The leather bound German language Bible tome was passed down to Stofan from his mother Ida (Kelker) Stofan and and has been kept in the Stofans’ home in Colorado. Stofan credits the dry air in Colorado for keeping the Bible in amazingly good condition, given its age.

Mrs. Stofan said the Kelker family was one of many from Germany who migrated to what were then the American colonies in the first half of the 18th century. They settled in Philadelphia, and then moved to Lancaster, Pa. the Bible was printed by Christopher Sauer, a well-known pre-Revolutionary War printer and a contemporary of Benjamin Franklin’s in Philadelphia.

“We are not really sure how they and the Bible came to Ohio,” Mrs. Stofan said.  “I will be supplying the college with geneological information to go along with it, so people can see the family history.” Many members of the Stofan family have attended Hiram.

The Bible will be stored in the College archives, and an appraisal will be done to determine its value. Jennifer Morrow, Hiram’s archivist said the Bible will be stored in the temperature and moisture-controlled archives, and may be made available for research and display from time to time.

Jeffery Wanser Talks Cemeteries at Mantua Historical Society

May 12, 2011

Jeffery Wanser, coordinator for government documents and collection at the library and adjunct faculty both in Weekend College and MAIS programs, will be speaking at the Mantua Historical Society & Museum on Sunday, May 15, at 7 p.m. Wanser will talk about cemeteries throughout the region where he continues to explore gravestone style, search for early stone carvers and find trends in cemeteries that affect the way we look at our communities and our own history.

“To Dwell with Common Clay: Cemeteries, Gravestones & Carvers in the U.S. and Ohio’s Western Reserve,” is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided, and the museum will be open for tours. The Society is located in the Mantua Township Hall, on the historic green at the corner of Route 82 and Mantua Center Road.

Junior Wins Philosophy Award for Second Year in a Row

May 11, 2011

Caroline Christoff ’12 was named the recipient of the Eugene H. Peters Memorial Prize in Philosophy for the second year in a row.

The award is given each year to a promising philosophy student. Eugene Peters taught philosophy at Hiram College from 1962 until his untimely death in 1983. His memory is preserved through the dedication of a seminar room, Hinsdale 121, and this $1,000 award.

Christoff is a philosophy and sociology major with an ethics minor. She has presented papers at the Steven Humphrey Student Philosophy Colloquium and the Utah Valley State University Ethics Conference and competed with the Ethics Bowl team twice. Last summer, she was chosen for the Colorado Summer Seminar in Philosophy, and this summer, she will attend Cambridge University to study classical Greek philosophy and aesthetics.

Softball Has Six Named to All-NCAC Teams

May 11, 2011

CLEVELAND, OHIO  –  Six members of the Hiram College softball team were selected to the 2011 All-North Coast Athletic Conference Teams that were announced today (Wednesday, May 11).  Senior catcher Jena Ervin (Canfield), junior All-Region utility player Kelly Langland (Batavia/McNicholas) and junior outfielder Kristen Cooney (North Lewisburg/Triad) earned first-team honors.  Sophomore All-Region first baseman Alee Singer (Bath/Revere) and freshman pitcher Alyssa Lane (Randolph/Waterloo) were both second-team picks and senior Sarah Padilla (Ontario, Calif./Colony) was tabbed honorable mention.  [2011 All-NCAC Teams]

All six players have played key roles in helping the Terriers post a 25-12 overall record so far this season and a second NCAC Tournament Title. 

Ervin earns her second All-Conference award and her first first-team selection after earning honorable mention honors last year.  This season, she batted .310 in conference play to go along with a homerun and seven RBI.  Overall, Ervin has started all 37 games and is fifth on the team in batting average at .320 (33-of-103).  She has hit one homerun, scored 16 runs and tallied 16 RBI.  Defensively, Ervin has a .996 fielding percentage with 214 putouts, 18 assists and just one error as the team’s starting catcher. 

Langland improves upon her second-team All-Conference selection last year as a first-team pick this spring.  Against NCAC opponents, Langland had an impressive .489 batting average with three homeruns and 17 RBI.  In 37 games, she is tied for second on the team in hitting with a .388 average (47-of-121).  She is also second in runs scored (31) and tied for second in homeruns (four).  She leads the team in triples (five), doubles (15) and is tied for the team-lead in RBI (30). 

Cooney earns All-NCAC honors for the first time in her career.  She posted a .447 batting average in conference play to go along with three RBI.  Against all opponents, Cooney has started all 37 games in left field and leads the team in batting average (.430), runs scored (40) and stolen bases (26).  Her 40 runs and 26 stolen bases are both Hiram single-season records.  She has also hit two triples, five doubles and has driven in 15 runs.  On defense, Cooney has an impressive .975 fielding percentage with 34 putouts, five assists and has committed just one error.

Singer repeats as an All-Conference player in only her second season as a Terrier.  She garnered first-team accolades last season as a freshman.  This year against NCAC opponents, Singer had a .326 batting average with one homerun and eight RBI.  Overall, she is currently tied with Langland for second on the team in batting average at .388 (45-of-116).  She is also tied with Langland for the team lead in RBI (30) and is tied for second in homeruns (four).  In addition, Singer is amongst the team leaders in runs (27) and doubles (12).  Defensively, she has a .987 fielding percentage with 218 putouts, 11 assists and three errors as the team’s starting first baseman.

Lane earns All-NCAC honors for the first time in her career as a freshman.  She has made an immediate impact for the Terriers both as a hitter and the team’s top pitcher.  At the plate, she has a .213 batting average (19-of-89) with two homeruns, three doubles, 12 runs scored and 11 RBI.  On the mound, Lane leads the team in every statistical category.  She has made 30 appearances, with 19 starts, and has posted a 13-7 overall record, including 10 complete games, three shutouts and one save.  Lane also leads the NCAC in several categories including wins (13), strikeouts (129) and appearances (30).  In addition, she has a 2.10 earned run average in a team-best 123-and-a-third innings.

Padilla earned All-Conference honors for the first time in her career.  She posted a 4-0 record in conference play with a 3.25 ERA.  For the season, Padilla made 20 appearances, with nine starts, and had an 8-1 overall record.  She pitched two complete games while striking out 39 hitters in 59 and two-thirds innings.

Hiram will make its second appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament which begins tomorrow (Thursday, May 12).  The Terriers will take on Alma (Mich.) College in its first game of the NCAA Regionals hosted by Adrian College in Adrian, Mich.  The first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.

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