Baseball Falls Twice to Ohio Northern

(photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
(photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

LANCASTER, Ohio – Capital University Baseball finally got the chance to play its doubleheader against Ohio Northern University on Monday afternoon. The Crusaders and Polar Bears squared off at Beavers Field in Lancaster, Ohio but dropped both games, 2-1 and 6-0.


GAME 1 - Ohio Northern 2, Capital 1

Game one of Monday's doubleheader served as a true pitchers' duel between Capital's Patrick Avellano and Ohio Northern's Nate Bye. In the end, the bullpens would garner the decision but to get to the latter inning tied in a low-scoring game, each had to post strong numbers.

Ohio Northern went scoreless over seven innings, but also scored first with one run in the top of the first inning. Luke Klinehoffer led the game off with a liner that landed just inside the left field line that ended as a double. Two harmless ground balls later, he came around to score. After the double, Avellano retired the next 10 Polar Bear hitters in a row.

Bye went on an early run of consecutively retired batters with his highest number reaching 16. Capital was held to just one base hit through six innings and entered the eighth with just two.

Capital tied the game, 1-1, in the eighth inning. Freshman Drew Ellis reached base after ONU shortstop Brandon Kasberg skipped a throw past first baseman Jordan Bostater. Doug Connor then had his number called to pinch hit and the junior answered the call by roping a long single in the left-center field gap, moving Ellis to third. With runners on the corners and one out, Joe Caporale launched a fly ball into left field. Ellis sprinted for home and the throw missed the cutoff man, allowing Ellis to score and tie the game.

Ohio Northern went ahead to score the eventual game-winning run in the top of the ninth against reliever Joseph Borkey (L, 2-3). Borkey allowed a leadoff walk and then a single to put runners on first and second. Tyler Randick then hit a chopper deep in the hole between short and third, but Connor Richardson's throw pulled Ellis off the bag at third to allow the bases to become loaded. After cutting a run down at the plate, Bostater hit a run-scoring single to right to go up 2-1. Capital escaped the inning when Borkey hit into a 5-3 double play, but the Crusaders were unable to respond.


GAME 2 - Ohio Northern 6, Capital 0

Ross Thompson (L, 3-1) toed the rubber for Capital in game two and tossed six solid innings before Ohio Northern took advantage of the Crusaders' quiet bats in the latter inning.

Twice, Thompson got out of trouble to keep the Polar Bear lead to 1-0 but bounced the sophomore in the seventh after hitting back-to-back doubles that doubles its lead. Junior Nick Beck extinguished the rally, but the Polar Bears put three on the board in the eighth and one more in the ninth en route to the 6-0 win.

Cap was able to muster just four hits against the left-handed Josh Mohr (W, 1-1), who went the distance in a complete-game shutout. Alexander Smith had two of the team's four hits but was stranded on base each time. Mohr struck out eight Capital hitters while walking one in his first victory of the season.

Caleb Thomas went 3-for-5 and plated four RBIs in the win. The top three of the ONU lineup accumulated eight of the team's 14 hits. Klinehoffer went 2-for-5, scored twice and knocked in one run.


Capital will ready for its next action on Saturday, April 8 when they head south to play Marietta College. Game times are set for 1 and 4 p.m.