FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Capital University baseball team took to the diamond today in a doubleheader against Franklin College. The Grizzlies got the best of Cap in game one, winning 10-3. The Crusaders responded with a 10-6 victory in game two.
Game 1 – Franklin 10, Capital 3
Franklin got off to an early start by scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Alex Mis scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Frank Podkul.
Neither team scored in the second or third innings. The Grizzlies added another run in the bottom of the fourth when Nick Wright doubled to right center scoring Sam Claycamp.
The Crusaders got on the board in the top of the fifth when senior Brett Colburn (Liberty Township, Ohio / Lakota East) scored on a single to right field by senior Jake Foley (Pataskala, Ohio / Licking Heights).
Franklin added two runs in the sixth inning and went on an outburst of six runs in the seventh. In the two innings, the Grizzlies scored eight runs, on three hits, and three Capital errors.
Capital scored two runs in the top of the eighth inning. Senior Tyler Gibbons (Liberty Township, Ohio / Lakota East) scored from second on a single to right field off of the bat of sophomore Doug Connor (Pataskala, Ohio / Watkins Memorial). Connor then scored from second when junior Connor Hopkins (Highland Heights, Ohio / Benedictine) hit a single to right field.
Cap's comeback bid fell short as Franklin capitalized on a six-run seventh inning.
Senior Shane Wellman picked up the loss, but went five and a third innings with five strike outs.
Game 2 – Capital 10, Franklin 6
Senior Brendon Borkey (Kirtland Hills, Ohio / Lake Catholic) got the start on the mound in game two and went three up, three down in the bottom of the first. He recorded two fly outs and a strike out.
The game stayed in Cap's favor until the bottom of the sixth when Franklin scored three runs on four hits. The Grizzlies added another run in the bottom of the seventh and took a 4-1 lead after seven innings of play.
Senior Logan Bastin (Mansfield, Ohio / Lexington) led the top of the eighth inning with a single to center field. Cetnarowski then singled to the shortstop to put runners on first and second with no outs. Junior Daniel Walters (Concord, Ohio / Riverside) doubled to right center which allowed Bastin and Cetnarowski to score. Hopkins then ripped a one-out single to left field to score pinch runner Sean Pettibone (Ashville, Ohio / Teays Valley). Sophomore Joe Caporale (Mayfield, Ohio / Mayfield) doubled to right center which allowed Hopkins to score. Foley recorded a two-out single to the second baseman allowing Caporale to score on the play. Junior Alexander Smith (Elk Grove, Calif. / Cosumnes Oaks) hit a sac fly to right field that allowed freshman Beau Otto (Cincinnati, Ohio / Roger Bacon) to score. Cetnarowski singled to right and allowed Foley to score from third.
The Grizzlies added two runs in the bottom of the eighth, to cut the Cap lead to 8-6 after eight innings of play.
Cap answered with two more runs in the top of the ninth. Junior Travis Gilbert (Marion, Ky. / Crittenden County) scored on an error by the pitcher off of the bat of Hopkins. Otto singled to the shortstop and allowed Hopkins to score.
Franklin was unable to score in the bottom of the ninth and lost 10-6.
B. Borkey got the no decision in six solid innings of work. He struck out four batters and scattered six hits.
Junior Joseph Borkey picked up the win with an inning and a third of work. He recorded three strikeouts and gave up just one hit.
Cetnarowski finished the day with a 4-for-9 performance at the plate. Foley also went 4-for-9 on the day. Walters led Cap with two RBIs on the day.
With the split, Cap is 9-4 on the season. The Crusaders return to action Sunday as they play at Franklin, with first pitch at 12 p.m.