COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University baseball team sets its sights on a run at the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. Cap has a 38-game schedule and with returning all but one player from last year, look to be contenders with a talented roster.
The Crusaders start the season on the road in Winter Haven, Fla. for their annual Spring Break trip. The trip starts out with a doubleheader against Waynesburg University (Pa.) on Saturday, Feb. 25. The next day Cap takes on Augustana College (Ill.). On Monday, Feb. 27, the Crusaders play Alma College (Mich.). The next matchup is against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Feb. 28. Last season the two split a pair of games. Cap takes part in another doubleheader on March 2, against Lyndon St. College (Vt.). Capital swept the doubleheader last year. On March 3, the Crusaders are up against Neumann College before wrapping up the trip against Saint Mary's College (Minn.) on March 4. Last season Capital finished the trip with a 6-2 record.
When Cap returns to Ohio after Spring Break, the first two of the first three games are on the road. This stretch features three games in three days. The first two matchups are on the road, the first against the College of Wooster on March 7, and the second at Ohio Wesleyan University. Last season Capital defeated the Battling Bishops 5-2. The final game is the home opener against Wooster on March 9.
From March 18-25, the Crusaders play six games on the road. The first three are at Franklin College. On Saturday the 18th the two teams play a doubleheader and turn around and play the third game on Sunday. Capital then travels to Lancaster, Ohio on March 22, as they play Ohio-Lancaster. For the final two games, Cap takes on the Student Princes of Heidelberg University in a doubleheader to open OAC play.
Capital then returns to Clowson Field for a four-game stint. On March 27, Cap takes on the Big Red of Denison University. The Tigers of Wittenberg University come to town on March 29. Last season Cap knocked off the Tigers 8-4 on the road. The Crusaders then host Wilmington College for a two game series on April 1 in the conference home opener.
Cap travels to Oberlin College for one game on April 6, before taking the road against conference rival Otterbein University for two games on April 8.
The Crusaders return home on April 11 as Muskingum University travels to Columbus for a doubleheader.
Cap will then load the bus as it travels to Alliance, Ohio for two games against the University of Mount Union on April 14. Last season the two teams split the doubleheader and Cap won game No. 2 on a walk-off hit in the 12th inning. Capital will remain on the road for the next matchup when it travels to Wittenberg on April 18.
The next two conference series take place at home as Marietta College and Baldwin Wallace University battle the Crusaders on April 19 and 22 respectively. Cap and Marietta split two games last season.
Capital hits the road for the final road OAC matchup against the Polar Bears of Ohio Northern on April 29.
The Crusaders finish the season at home as they welcome the Blue Streaks of John Carroll University on Saturday, May 6.
Head coach Ryan Grice looks to build off of last season's success. Capital is returning 39 letter winners from last season including Logan Bastin, all-region by D3baseball.com and ABCA/Rawlings. Bastin was also First Team All-OAC, Brent Colburn was a Second Team All-OAC selection and Alexander Smith was named honorable mention.