Solid Pitching Leads to Victory over Ohio Wesleyan

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University baseball team was in action on Wednesday afternoon against Ohio Wesleyan University. The Crusaders won 5-2, led by Justin Ennis' 2-for-3 day at the plate and an overall solid pitching performance as a staff.

Junior Justin Ennis (Vista, Calif.) went 2-for-3 with a triple to lead Capital. He also scored a run.

In the bottom of the third inning, junior Jake Foley (Pataskala, Ohio/ Licking Heights) led the inning off with a single to shortstop. After Foley stole second, junior Brett Colburn (Liberty Township, Ohio/ Lakota East) drew a walk. Sophomore Alexander Smith (Elk Grove, Calif.) got hit by a pitch to load the bases. After the Battling Bishops turned a double-play, Ennis reached on an error, which scored Colburn and Smith. Capital took a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Crusaders added two more runs that came off of three Ohio Wesleyan errors to extend the lead to 4-0. Kirby Boehm (Worthington, Ohio/ Thomas Worthington) stated the inning off when he reach on an error by the third baseman. Joe Swisher (Westerville, Ohio/ Westerville Central) reached on a throwing error by the third baseman and advanced to third on the play. Boehm scored. Zackary Ary (London, Ohio) then reached on a fielding error by the pitcher as he laid down a sacrifice bunt that scored Swisher.

The Battling Bishops got on the board in the top of the fifth inning thanks to a two-run triple.

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Ennis tripled to left center. Two batters later, sophomore Daniel Walters (Concord, Ohio) drove in Ennis with an RBI single up the middle.

Freshman Alex Mukensturm (Tecumseh, Mich.) got the start for the Crusaders. Mukensturm recorded his third win of the season. He pitched four innings, scattered three hits, and struck out two batters. Sophomore Joseph Borkey (Kirtland Hills, Ohio) picked up his third save on the season after he struck out the side to end the game. Patrick Avellano (Alpharetta, Ga.), Jared Bass (Warrington, Pa.), Casey Hamrick (Westerville, Ohio/ Worthington Christian) and Dylan Love (Lake Worth, Fla.) all combined for four innings of work and as a whole they struck out four batters.

Defensively, Capital turned two double plays and made several difficult plays. Ennis was solid behind the plated throwing out one runner that tried to steal third base.

Justin Dages had a game-high three hits for the Battling Bishops. Dages went 3-for-4 with a triple.

Capital improves to 18-11 overall on the season. The Crusaders return to action as they travel to Denison University. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.