Unconventional No-Hitter Salvages Split for Crusaders Baseball

Unconventional No-Hitter Salvages Split for Crusaders Baseball

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.Jacob Sheaf and Connor Golden combine to no-hit the DePauw University Tigers in an unconventional way during its 10-inning, 3-2 win on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders split the day's doubleheader with the Tigers after engaging in another extra-inning affair.

GAME 2 vs. DePauw  |  W, 3-2 (F/10)

The combination of Jacob Sheaf (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Connor Golden (Galena, Ohio/St. Francis Desales) pitched a no-hitter through a total of 10 innings in its 3-2 win over DePauw (1-5). While not the norm, the no-hitter was adequately celebrated following a 6-4-3, game-ending double play induced by Golden.

DePauw's runs came by way of a three-error inning by the Crusaders, putting them down 1-0 in the third. The Tigers added another in the fourth, again by way of an error, stolen base and fielder's choice to the right side of the infield.

After Sheaf tossed six innings that witnessed six strikeouts, Golden took over on the bump and retired seven straight hitters out of the gate. Of those seven, he struck out four hitters, all in a row, and struck out the side in the ninth.

Down 2-0, Capital scored its first run by way of a passed ball in the sixth inning. They tied the game with an RBI double by Brett Colburn (Liberty Township, Ohio) in the eighth.

In the decisive 10th inning, Joe Swisher (Westerville, Ohio/Central) led the inning off by being hit by a pitch, the first of two consecutive hitters to do so. After a sacrifice pushed both runners ahead 90 feet, Jake Foley (Pataskala, Ohio) hit a walk-off single to right center field to end the game.

Golden earned the win to improve to 1-1 on the year and struck out six hitters in his four inning on the hill.

Carnahan finished the game with three hits including one extra-base hit.

 

GAME 1 vs. DePauw  |  L, 4-3 (F/12)

Capital possessed a 4-1 lead but surrendered a three-run, ninth inning that allowed DePauw back into the ballgame in the bottom of the ninth. Cory Meixner hit a two-run home run and was followed by an error that allowed Johnny Gbur to score and tie the game.

After two scoreless innings, the Crusaders and Tigers went into the 12th inning, each working their fifth pitcher of the day. After Capital threatened but came out without a run, DePauw came out swinging and strung together three consecutive singles, the final one ending the game in walk-off fashion.

Capital did its damage in the fourth and seventh innings, using extra-base hits from Justin Ennis (Vista, Calif.) and Logan Bastin (Mansfield, Ohio) to account for its production. Ennis had a pair of RBI doubles, highlighting a 3-for-6 day at the plate.

Robert Fravel (Port Clinton, Ohio) tossed six inning of one-run ball in a no-decision effort. Underwood (L, 1-2) took the loss after pitching the decisive 12th inning.

 

Capital's next game will serve as its home opener when they host Ohio Wesleyan University in a single nine-inning game on Wednesday, March. 18. First pitch from Clowson Field is set for 4 p.m. Capital is now 5-6 overall on the season and will enter Ohio Athletic Conference play a week from today against Muskingum University.