COLUMBUS – The Capital University baseball team coupled a stellar pitching performance with solid hitting Tuesday for a 12-3 victory over Ohio University-Lancaster in a non-conference contest at Clowson Field.
The Crusaders (6-4 overall) plated eight runs on eight hits in the bottom of the third inning to take control of the game early.
Freshman right-hander Michael Davis (Fairfield, Ohio) worked five innings for his first career victory, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out seven. Senior left-hander Kevin Brennan (Mason, Ohio), freshmen righties Tyler Spears (Washington Courthouse, Ohio), Shane Wellman (Moundsville, W.Va.) and Brendon Borkey (Mentor, Ohio) each tossed one inning in relief to preserve Davis' win.
Senior centerfielder Nate Campbell (Latrobe, Pa.), senior third baseman Ryan Pearson (Springfield, Ohio) and junior first baseman Matt Carnahan (Moundsville, W.Va.) posted two hits and two runs batted in apiece. Sophomore catcher Kirby Boehm (Worthington, Ohio) added two hits and two runs.
In the bottom of the first, senior right fielder Andy Grillo (McArthur, Ohio) singled with one out, stole second and was doubled home by Pearson to give Capital a 1-0 advantage.
After a quiet second frame, the Crusaders went to work in the bottom of the third, starting with senior left fielder Taylor Branisel's run-scoring single to plate Campbell from second.
Following Pearson's second RBI double of the affair, Carnahan blasted a two-run homer to deep left field, his first of the season, to put Capital ahead 5-0. Senior shortstop Brian Wyer (New Albany, Ohio) and Campbell each plated a run, then a first-and-third play brought home two more runs to make it 9-0.
The Bobcats (0-1) got on the board in the top of the fourth, but the Crusaders quickly answered with two more in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Boehm and a sacrifice fly by Campbell.
Capital tallied for the final time in the bottom of the sixth as freshman designated hitter Tyler Gibbons (Liberty Township, Ohio) rolled a ground ball to second to score Carnahan, reaching on an error.
The Crusaders totaled 12 hits for the contest and took advantage of five OU-Lancaster errors in the contest.
Capital continues non-conference play this Friday against Milwaukee School of Engineering (Wis.) at V.A. Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe. First-pitch in the doubleheader is slated for 12 p.m.