AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Capital University Baseball pitched a pair of shutouts in Thursday afternoon's games at the RussMatt Invitational, improving their overall record to 6-1. The Purple and White defeated Lyndon State University by scores of 9-0 and 7-0 at Lake Myrtle Park.
GAME 1 – CAPITAL 9, LYNDON STATE 0 (F/7)
Sophomore Gabe Morris (Pataskala, Ohio/Newark Catholic) earned the start and threw six scoreless innings to get Capital started on the right foot. After getting out of a jam in the second, Morris struck out two batters in the second inning to keep the game moving along. Morris got a little help from the defense and catcher Travis Gilbert in the third inning after they ended the inning by catching Devon Rollins attempting to steal second base.
Meanwhile, Capital's offense got the ball rolling in the second with its first run by way of a two-out RBI single by senior Jake Foley (Pataskala, Ohio/Licking Heights). After Lyndon State pitcher Tyler Davis retired the first two batters of the inning, a hit batsman followed by a walk set up Foley for a single through the right side that scored Connor Hopkins from second base. Capital added to its 1-0 lead the following frame with three consecutive extra-base hits to lead off the inning. Senior Logan Bastin (Mansfield, Ohio/Lexington) blasted a leadoff double and was followed immediately by junior Alexander Smith's RBI triple to make for a 2-0 contest. Sophomore Doug Connor (Pataskala, Ohio/Watkins Memorial) added another run to the scoreboard with a run-scoring double.
Capital came right back with another two-run inning in the fourth when they again struck with two outs. Foley sent another base hit through the right side prior to the Hornets turning an unconventional 7-4 double play. Lyndon State made a pitching change and Foley made a break for second base. Despite Tyler Davis sending the ball over to first in an attempted pickoff, Foley made it in safely and set up an RBI single by Bastin. Smith ripped his second three-bagger of the game to score Bastin and put the Crusaders up 5-0.
After Morris rolled through six innings of work to set himself up for his first win of the season, freshman Ross Thompson came in to close the door in the bottom of the seventh. He struck out two of the three batters he faced in a 1-2-3 inning. Capital had added three more runs in the seventh plus one in the sixth to account for the 9-0 score.
Bastin, Foley, and Smith all finished with a pair of hits on the day. Freshman Beau Otto (Cincinnati, Ohio/Roger Bacon) not only recorded his first collegiate base hit, but also his first multi-hit game and first RBI of his career.
GAME 2 – CAPITAL 7, LYNDON STATE 0 (F/7)
Capital came back in game two with the same potent offense with a compliment of clutch pitch from an unlikely source to defeat the Hornets, 7-0. Senior Brett Colburn (Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota East) made the shift from second base to the pitcher's mound where he threw five shutout innings and struck out five batters and walking zero. He earned his second win of his career behind the effort.
The Crusaders jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning with aid from a Logan Bastin RBI double, scoring Tyler Cetnarowski from second base. Bastin then came around to score when he advanced 180 feet courtesy of two wild pitches, the second that would have retired Alexander Smith on strike three, but skipped away allowing both runners to advance safely.
Capital added another run the following inning when Cetnarowski cranked out his second hit of the day, a run-scoring single that plated sophomore Joe Caporale.
Cetnarowski's day was not complete. He added yet another base knock, scoring Otto from third to add to Cap's lead. Bastin added another RBI to his daily total by reaching on a fielder's choice that allowed Ary to score from third. By the end of the fourth, Capital had accumulated more than enough a lead to guide the Crusaders to its sixth victory of the season.
The bullpen mopped up the remaining two innings with scoreless innings coming from junior Jared Bass (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) and Daniel Geissler (Prescott. Ark./Prescott). Bass struck out two of the three hitters he faced, while Geissler contributed toward a 1-6-3 double play as part of a scoreless seventh inning of work.
Capital will get back into action on Friday, March 3 when they play Neumann College at 2:30 p.m. at Lake Myrtle Park #6.