COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University baseball team hosted its first pair of Ohio Athletic Conference games on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders knocked off the Fightin' Quakers of Wilmington College, 7-4 in game one, and 5-0 in game two.
Game 1 – Capital 7, Wilmington 4
In the top of the first Wilmington had a runner on third base with two outs. Senior Brett Colburn (Liberty Township, Ohio / Lakota East) made a tough play look easy, as he charged a slow roller and made the bare-handed play to get the batter out at first.
With a runner on first and one out, senior Shane Wellman (Moundsville, W.Va. / John Marshall) got Lane Stevenson to ground into a 6-3 double play to end the top of the second.
Wilmington scored the game's first run with a Gage Bley sacrifice fly to right fly. Ryan Collett scored for the Fightin' Quakers.
Capital started the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back bunt singles down the third base line by senior Jake Foley (Pataskala, Ohio / Licking Heights) and freshman Beau Otto (Cincinnati, Ohio / Roger Bacon). Senior Logan Bastin (Mansfield, Ohio / Lexington) roped a ball down the left field line that one-hopped the fence for a double. Foley and Otto scored on Bastin's double. Cap took a 2-1 lead after six innings of play.
The Fightin' Quakers regained the lead in the top of the seventh. Wilmington scored three runs on three Cap errors.
The Crusaders responded in the home half of the seventh with two runs. Colburn lined one to center field which allowed pinch runner Sean Pettibone (Ashville, Ohio / Teays Valley) to score with ease from second. The Wilmington catcher tried to throw sophomore Doug Connor (Pataskala, Ohio / Watkins Memorial) out at third, but instead he threw it out into left field. Connor was able to score and Colburn advanced to third.
Bastin led the bottom of the eighth inning off with a walk. Senior Tyler Cetnarowski (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio / St. Vincent-St. Mary) recorded a bunt single down the first base line. Junior Daniel Walters (Concord, Ohio / Riverside) laid down a sac bunt, which allowed Bastin to advance to third and Cetnarowski to advance to second. Conner then reached on a throwing error by the shortstop and allowed Bastin to score. Colburn lined a two-out single to left center. Colburn collected two RBIs when Cetnarowski and junior Connor Hopkins (Highland Heights, Ohio /Benedictine) scored.
Junior Joseph Borkey (Kirtland Hills, Ohio / Lake Catholic) earned his second win on the season as he pitched two and two-thirds innings in relief. Joseph Borkey struck out four batters and gave up one hit.
Game 2 – Capital 5, Wilmington 0
Senior Brendon Borkey (Kirtland Hills, Ohio / Lake Catholic) got the start on the mound in game two for Capital. He got the Fightin' Quakers to go three up, three down in the first.
Junior Alexander Smith (Elk Grove, Calif. / Cosumnes Oaks) started the home half of the first with a double down the left field line. Otto laid down a sac bunt to advance Smith to third. Bastin then grounded out to the second baseman, but Smith scored from third to give Cap an early 1-0 lead.
Colburn reached on an error by the shortstop to start the bottom of the third inning for Capital. Junior Travis Gilbert (Marion, Ky. / Crittenden County) dropped down a sac bunt that allowed Colburn to move to second. Smith then belted a ball down the right field line for a triple, which allowed Colburn to score easily. Otto recorded a sac bunt and Smith scored on the play. The Crusaders held a 3-0 lead after three innings.
Wilmington finally notched a hit off of Brendon Borkey in the top of the fourth, but could not score.
Otto was hit by a pitch to start the home half of the eighth inning. With one out Otto stole second to move into scoring position. After a Cetnarowski walk, Walters singled down the left field line to score Otto from second and move Cetnarowski to third. Hopkins hit a sac fly to deep left field and Cetnarowski tagged up for the score.
Brendon Borkey picked up his second career complete game shutout. He also tied a career-high with six strike outs. Brendon Borkey improved to 3-1 on the season with the victory in game two.
As a team, Cap finished the day with 21 hits. Cetnarowski went 4-for-7 on the day. Bastin led the team with three RBIs on the day.
With the victories, Capital is now 11-9 overall and 2-2 in OAC play. The Crusaders return to action on Thursday, as they travel to Oberlin, Ohio, for a battle with the Yeomen of Oberlin College. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.