ADA, Ohio – The Capital University baseball team lost both of its games against Ohio Northern University, Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders were beaten by the Polar Bears by scores of 5-2 and 4-1 at Wander Field. Capital is now 12-20 overall, 4-12 against OAC competition.
GAME 1 – Capital 2, Ohio Northern 5
Ohio Northern scored five times in the first two innings to do all the damage necessary for their win in game one. They used a hit batter and a catcher's interference call to put runners on where Dan Belliveau doubled in a run and was followed up by Jordan Bostater's two-run single in the first. They added two more runs with a passed ball and another run-scoring hit from the top of the Polar Bear lineup.
Capital's Tyler Sheaf settled in and kept ONU off of the board for the rest of game, but took the loss to drop his overall record to 3-4 this season.
Sophomore Logan Bastin (Mansfield, Ohio) blasted his second home run in the sixth inning to get Capital on the board but Capital was able to score just one more run throughout the remainder of the game. Altogether, they left seven runners left on base. Bastin was one of two players to record three hits in the game, joining Brett Colburn (Liberty Township, Ohio).
Ohio Northern's Nick Eltzroth recorded his seventh win of the season by going seven innings and striking out five hitters. T.J. Storer picked up a two-inning save, his fifth close of the year.
GAME 2 – Capital 1, Ohio Northern 4
Despite Capital banging out 11 hits in game two, the Polar Bears took advantage of enough opportunities to hold a lead throughout the game.
The Polar Bears' Dan Belliveau singled off of Capital starting pitcher Tyler Spears to lead off the second inning. He later scored on Spears' second wild pitch of the inning. In the fifth, ONU strung together four hits to post three runs and take a 4-0 lead.
The Crusaders had two runners on and the potential tying run at the plate with one out, but Casey Mulcahy struck out Smith and Brett Colburn to end the game for his first save of the season.
Capital is scheduled to play Kenyon College on Wednesday, April 29, in Gambier, Ohio. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. They will close out their season on Friday, May 1 at home against Baldwin Wallace.