SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Capital University Baseball belted out 17 hits and 14 runs as part of its 14-8 nonconference road win over Wittenberg University on Tuesday night. Joe Caporale led the team with four hits while Tyler Cetnarowski and Daniel Walters each drove in three runs each to lead the club.
The early innings belonged to Capital (15-14) after the guests scored six runs over the first three innings, including a four-run second frame. Junior Tyler Hopkins (Highland Heights, Ohio/Benedictine) drove home Cap's second run with a double to center field, scoring the leadoff hitter Tyler Gibbons. After Alexander Smith was hit by a pitch, the bases were loaded with two outs as senior Tyler Cetnarowski (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) stepped up to the plate. Cetnarowski then drove a base-clearing triple to right field to build Capital's lead to 5-0 by inning's end.
Cap added one more run when Hopkins grounded out but acquired his second RBI of the night.
Wittenberg (9-18) scored two runs off Capital started sophomore Nick Beck (Chardon, Ohio/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) with a two-RBI double by Patrick Kenny, but Capital responded promptly in each of the next two innings with a combined seven runs.
Junior Daniel Walters (Concord, Ohio/Riverside) drive in Brett Colburn, who led the inning off with a single, by doubling to center field. He scored one batter later when Gibbons drove an RBI single to center.
Capital returned in the fifth with five runs against Wittenberg reliever Ben Princic. Following an intentional walk to load the bases, senior Logan Bastin (Mansfield, Ohio/Lexington) drove home the first run with a single to left field. Walters came up next and belted a two-run single, which fed into a string of four straight run-scoring hits by Cap. Gibbons and Joe Caporale (Mayfield, Ohio/Mayfield) followed with RBI singles to bulk Capital's lead to 13-2.
Capital allowed its younger pitchers to take the bump and close out the game and despite a pair of three-run innings the group closed out the contest to give Cap a 14-8 victory.
Beck earned his third win of the season in his first collegiate start. He went four innings and allowed two runs on six hits.
Capital pitching allowed just nine hits despite allowing eight runs but also walked six and hit two batters.
Caporale finished the day going 4-for-5 at the plate with one run and one RBI. Cetnarowski and Walters each finished with three RBIs and combined to go 4-for-7 with four runs scored.
Tuesday marked the final nonconference game of the season for the Crusaders. Capital now prepares for a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon against conference foe Marietta College at home. First pitch of game one will take place at 1 p.m.