COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University baseball team hosted the Pioneers of Marietta College Wednesday afternoon down at Clowson Field. Marietta defeated Cap, 4-0, in game one and knocked off Cap, 12-9, in the second game. Beau Otto went 4-for-9 on the day to lead the Crusaders.
Game 1 – Marietta 4, Capital 0
After two scoreless innings, the Pioneers took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Eric White reached base safely on a fielder's choice and scored Seamus Kenneally from third. With runners on the corner, White stole second and Chris Petrucci stole home to plate the second run of the inning. Mike Hale drove in the third run with an RBI single to left field.
Marietta added another run in the top of the fourth. Bobby Newbury reached base safely on a fielder's choice, which scored Connor Golden.
Freshman Beau Otto (Cincinnati, Ohio / Roger Bacon) recorded two of the team's five hits. Otto ripped two doubles.
Senior Brendon Borkey (Kirtland Hills, Ohio / Lake Catholic) got the loss, despite giving up zero earned runs. Borkey went seven innings and struck out seven batters. He surrendered four runs on four hits.
Tyler Nieberding picked up the win for the Pioneers. Nieberding went eight innings on the mound and struck out two batters. Nieberding gave up just four hits on the day.
Game 2 – Marietta 12, Capital 9
The Pioneers got on the board in the top of the first inning, when Hale doubled to left center and White scored.
The Crusaders exploded for six runs in the home half of the second. Sophomore Doug Connor (Pataskala, Ohio / Watkins Memorial) took one for the team as he was hit by a pitch. After a sacrifice bunt by senior Tyler Gibbons (Liberty Township, Ohio / Lakota East) moved Connor to second, junior Connor Hopkins (Highland Heights, Ohio / Benedictine) was hit by a pitch. After a fly out, freshman Ben Bethay (Lagrange, Ky. / Old Ham County) lined a pitch to left field for an RBI single. Connor scored on Bethay's single. Junior Zackary Ary (London, Ohio / Jonathan Alder) was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Capital. Junior Alexander Smith (Elk Grove, Calif. / Cosumnes Oaks) singled to left field, which scored Hopkins from third. Bethay also scored on the play as the left fielder made an error and Ary moved to second. Otto then ripped a ball to right field and scored Ary. Otto stole second base to put runners on second and third with two outs. Junior Daniel Walters (Concord, Ohio / Riverside) singled to left field. Walters picked up two RBIs as Otto and Smith scored. Capital held a 6-1 lead after two innings.
In the top of the fourth inning, Smith made a diving catch on a low liner that was drifting away from him. His diving catch robbed Michael Barnabei of a guaranteed double.
The Pioneers tied the game up in the top of the fifth with when they scored five runs. Those five runs came on five hits and two Cap errors.
Gibbons started the bottom of the fifth off with a double down the right field line. Senior Brett Colburn (Liberty Township, Ohio / Lakota East) reached on an error as the right fielder could not make the catch. Gibbons advanced to third and Colburn advanced to second. Bethay hit a flair to right field for a single and allowed Gibbons to score. Ary hit a deep fly ball to right field for a sac fly, as Colburn tagged up and scored from third.
After a scoreless sixth inning, Cap took an 8-6 lead into the seventh inning.
Marietta plated four runs on four hits, with two Capital errors in the top of the seventh. Marietta regained the lead, 10-8.
The Crusaders managed to pull within one run, when senior Tyler Cetnarowski (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio / St. Vincent-St. Mary) blasted a double to right field that hit the fence. Senior Jake Foley (Pataskala, Ohio / Licking Heights), who reached base safely on a fielder's choice, scored on the Cetnarowski double.
The Pioneers added two more runs in the top of the ninth to secure a 12-9 final score.
Senior Shane Wellman (Moundsville, W. Va. / John Marshall) went 1.2 innings and gave up three earned runs in the loss.
Kordell Antill earned the win with 4.2 innings of relief and three strike outs. David Stover got the save with 2.2 innings of relief.
Bethay had a day at the plate in game two with a 3-for-3 performance and two RBIs. Gibbons and Otto added two hits each. Walters drove in two Cap runs.
Cap, now 15-16 overall and 3-9 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, looks to bounce back on Saturday as it hosts the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin Wallace University. The doubleheader is slated for a 1 p.m. start.