By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Top 10 Moments of 2017-18 has begun for Capital University Athletics. Over the next four weeks, we will unveil the moments and accomplishments that made the last athletic year memorable for those competing or those following along. Join us as we traverse through the top moments of last year and feel free to weigh in on how you think they stack up to your own top 10 list.
#8: Senior Day Celebration! Baseball Completes Sweep of Mount Union with Extra-Inning Walkoff
April 28th -- to say it was a day full of hard-nosed baseball would be an understatement. The University of Mount Union came to Clowson Field seeking redemption for a season that would not include a postseason. Capital wanted to end the season on a high note and though not the last series of 2018 after this day the Crusaders can say they achieved that.
A simple sacrifice fly in the fifth inning made the difference in Capital's 3-2 game one victory. Game two was a different story. Capital scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to extend their life into extra innings. The Capital bullpen did its job twice stranding multiple Purple Raider baserunners and when Mount Union did score, Cap answered back to push the game to a 15th inning. By this point both benches and bullpens were heavily depleted, but the Crusaders mounted one last attack that ended the game. Beau Otto and Zackary Ary both dropped down infield singles to put two runners on with no outs. Two batters later enter Connor Richardson who had two hits and two walks already in the game. Richardson jumped on the pitch he liked and scorched the game-winning hit to right center field. As Otto crossed the plate, the Capital dugout overflowed into the infield to meet the game's hero.
With daylight dwindling, senior day festivities were cut short after the game but the excitement generated from that extra-inning victory was more than enough to make up for fireflies and walkoff hits lighting up Clowson Field.
Honorable mention: Two Softball sweeps fueled by two walkoffs
The non-conference season provided a few exciting moments for Capital Softball and on two such occasions the Crusaders left the field victors in their final at bat. In a 13-inning marathon, Alyx Slusher hit a game-winning single to help CU top Bethany, 6-5, which also fueled a second win over the Bison that evening. That was March 26. Exactly one month later, Capital took Oberlin to the bottom of the seventh. Tied 1-1 behind Brianna Reardon's masterpiece in the circle, Haleigh Luce approached the place with the bases loaded and down in the count hit a single through left to score the winning run and clinch the sweep over the Yeowomen. -- video on Twitter --
Turns out at the end of Capital's sticks on those days were broom heads!
Relive the Top 10 Moments
Moment #10 - Graham Green Wins Ten Straight Singles Bouts to Begin Career -- link
Moment #9 - Cap Women's Golf Smashes Records at 2018 OAC Championship and Katie Lease Earns All-OAC -- link
Moment #8 - Senior Day Celebration! Baseball Completes Sweep of Mount Union with Extra-Inning Walkoff -- link
Moment #7 - Monday, July 9
Moment #6 - Wednesday, July 11
Moment #5 - Friday, July 13
Moment #4 - Monday, July 16
Moment #3 - Wednesday, July 18
Moment #2 - Friday, July 20
Moment #1 - Monday, July 23
Follow along using the hashtag #CapTop10 on Twitter and Instagram, @CapCrusaders, or online athletics.capital.edu.