GREENCASTLE, Ind. – The Capital University baseball team was in action Tuesday afternoon against DePauw University (Ind.). The Crusaders lost 11-4. Brett Colburn extended his hitting streak to eight games.
The Tigers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom half of the first inning. Capital responded in the top of the third, scoring two runs. Senior Kirby Boehm (Worthington, Ohio/ Thomas Worthington) led the inning off with a single to left field. The next batter, freshman Joe Caporale (Mayfield, Ohio), singled to left. After a sac bunt advanced Boehm and Caporale to second and third, sophomore Alexander Smith (Elk Grove, Calif.) hit a sacrifice fly right that scored Boehm. Junior Brett Colburn (Liberty Township, Ohio/ Lakota East) then singled to left center, which extended his hitting streak to eight games and allowed Caporale to score, cutting the lead down to 3-2.
DePauw added three runs in the fourth inning and one run in the fifth inning, which extended their lead to 7-2.
Colburn led the top of the sixth off with a single down the left field line. He later scored on a one out single by sophomore Daniel Walters (Concord, Ohio).
After the Tigers added a run in the bottom of the sixth, the Crusaders answered with a run in the top of the seventh. Smith recorded a double to right center with two outs in the inning. After a Colburn walk, junior Logan Bastin (Mansfield, Ohio) singled to center that allowed Smith to score. DePauw added three more runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Colburn finished the day 2-for-4. Smith also went 2-for-4 which extended his hitting streak to seven games. Tyler Spears (0-1) took the loss after allowing six runs, four earned, on seven hits over 3.2 innings of work. He also struck out four.
DePauw's Mike Hammel earned his third win of the year after sprinkling four runs on 10 hits over 6.2 innings. The Tigers bullpen allowed zero runs and just one hit over the remaining 2.1 innings of the game.
The Crusaders fall to 7-3 on the season. Capital returns to action Saturday, March 19, as they take part in two games. The first game is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. against Franklin College. The second game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. against Adrian College.