COLUMBUS, Ohio – Big innings in each contest aided in the sweep of the Capital University baseball team at the hands of their arch-rivals, the Cardinals of Otterbein University. The Crusaders fell in both games of a doubleheader at Clowson Field by scores of 10-5 and 6-4, dropping them to 3-3 in conference.
GAME 1 – Otterbein 10, Capital 5
Capital took an early lead, jumping out 4-0 over the first two innings of game one. In the second, each of the first three Crusaders in the order reached base and later scored on a ground out, an infield single and a walk, each with the bases loaded.
Otterbein responded with eight runs over the next four innings, including a pair of three-run frames in the third and fifth. Capital starter Brendon Borkey (Kirtland Hills, Ohio) walked the first two batters of the third, whom later came around to score on a run-scoring double by Tyler Kent. Another RBI double in the following frame by Tyler Hutchinson tied the game, 4-4, but the Cardinals continued to score in the fifth.
Otterbein knocked out Borkey when Jake Simmerman drove home two runs with a triple, and then scored a sacrifice fly after Casey Hamrick came in for relief. The Cardinals tacked on two more runs in the ninth inning while Capital could only muster one more run via an Alexander Smith (Elk Grove, Calif.) run-scoring double in the sixth.
Borkey took the loss, his fourth of the season, while his counterpart Jordon Mally improved to 5-0 following a complete game victory. Mally allowed five runs and 10 hits, struck out seven and walked five in the game.
GAME 2 – Otterbein 6, Capital 4
In game two, Capital once again jumped out to an early lead with a three-run first inning. Tyler Cetnarowski (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) entered the game to pinch hit for Logan Bastin, who exited due to a minor injury. Cetnarowski made his presence known with a looping single to right field, scoring Brett Colburn. Justin Ennis followed with a second run-scoring single and a sac fly by Kirby Boehm put the Crusaders up by three after one inning.
Otterbein responded with five runs in the second inning off of Capital starter Tyler Spears (Washington Courthouse, Ohio). A pair of walks would come back to haunt Spears (L, 0-3) when a hit batsman scored one run and a two-run double by nine hitter Ben Beachy plated two more. An error scored one more Otterbein run, and their fifth came while the Crusaders were busy turning a double play. Another double at the end of the Otterbein order added one more in the third inning, extending the Cardinals' lead to 6-1.
Capital put runners on base but was unable to bring many home, leaving 12 on the base paths over the course of the game. The Crusaders plated one more in the ninth when Ennis drove a fly ball deep enough to score Smith from third, and with two outs Capital had the tying run on base for Daniel Walters. With runners on first and second, Walters drove a fly ball to center field, but was retired to end the game.
The bullpen kept Capital in the game, allowing zero runs and hits over 3.2 innings. The trio of Dylan Love, Joseph Borkey and Jared Bass combined for four strikeouts and four walks but kept the scoreboard clean from the sixth inning on.
Brett Colburn (Liberty Township, Ohio) had a pair of multi-hit games, despite the losses. He finished 5-for-7 with one run scored to lead the top of the order. Smith had three hits in game one, posting two RBIs and one of his three total runs scored.
Capital continues its busy week with the second of three doubleheaders in as many days on Friday, April 15 at Muskingum University. Games will be played in New Concord at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Crusaders will then return home for a regularly-scheduled twinbill against the University of Mount Union on Saturday, April 16.