GRANVILLE, Ohio – Senior Lauren Secaras became Denison's all-time RBIs leader on Saturday afternoon and junior Colleen Hoffman recorded her first career no-hitter as the Big Red swept Hiram College in a doubleheader at the Denison Softball Field, 13-3, and 22-1. The wins move DU to 17-7 on the season and 10-2 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.
The fireworks began in game one as the Big Red trailed 1-0 entering the bottom of the fourth. With the bases loaded and two outs, Marrae Saucedo walked in a run, scoring Mckinly Vazquez from third and tying the game at 1-1. After Emilie Fisher roped a bases-clearing double to left field and Sarah Herold reached first on an error to score Fisher, it was Secaras' turn to join the party.
Secaras launched an RBI double to left, scoring Herold and passing Erica Evans (2008-11) as the all-time leader in career RBIs with 122. Denison led 6-1 entering the fifth inning.
After the Terriers plated two more runs in the top of the fifth, the Big Red loaded the bases once again with no outs. A single to left center from Ricki Asher scored Vazquez and Laura Bagan to take an 8-3 advantage, and in the next at-bat, pinch-hitter Brennah Dutcher hit an RBI single through the right side to go ahead by six runs, 9-3.
Leading 10-3 with two runners on and one out, Secaras ended the game in five innings as she smashed a three-run home run over the left field wall to put the run-rule into play.
Secaras finished her record-breaking game going 2-for-4 at the plate with one run scored and four runs batted in. Her home run also placed her second all-time in Denison history for career hits, passing Evans for the second time on the day. Fisher went 2-for-2 with three RBIs while Herold earned her eighth win of the season in the circle, totaling seven strikeouts and allowing three runs over five innings of work.
While it was Secaras' show in game one, the offense continued to shine in the second game, allowing Hoffman to record the first no-hitter of her career. In five innings pitched, Hoffman tallied six strikeouts and allowed one run on zero hits for her sixth win of the season. If not for a Denison error in the top of the second, Hoffman would've recorded a perfect game. It marked the first no-hitter by a Denison player since Sarah Herold on April 8, 2017, in an 8-0 win against Oberlin. It was the 11th no-hitter in program history.
At the plate, it seemed as if the Big Red were scoring runs at will. Leading 6-1 in the bottom of the second, Lindsey Clemson connected on a grand slam home run to left, giving Denison a 10-1 advantage in the second.
Following an eight-run performance in the third, highlighted by RBI doubles from Asher, Hoffman, and Bagan, Secaras continued her career-day in the home half of the fourth when she smacked her second three-run home run of the day to put the Big Red way out in front. Her second home run of the day tied her with a familiar name, Erica Evans, for second all-time in program history for career home runs (24).
Denison's 22 runs and 20 RBIs in game two broke their previous single-game record of 19 RBIs and runs scored set on April 7, 2010, in a 19-4 win at Kenyon College. Also entering the record books was Clemson, whose six RBIs for the game tied the Denison record, last accomplished by Jess Robertson on March 30, 2013.
The Big Red will return to Denison Softball Field on Sunday, April 22 for a doubleheader with Capital University set to begin at 3 p.m.