By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Baseball kicked off a four-game weekend with a home doubleheader at Clowson Field against Wilmington College and after dropping the first game, the Crusaders game back with a big win in the second.
Game 1 – Wilmington 4, Capital 3
In the first game of the day, the Crusaders were able to build up an early lead but a big sixth inning for Wilmington was enough for the Quakers to overcome the deficit and pull ahead for good.
Trailing 3-1 heading into the top of the sixth, the Quakers led off the inning with a double followed by a single through the left side of the infield. Luke Kleindl then knocked a single down the line in left that scored a run. A sacrifice bunt moved two runners into scoring position and a single up the middle from Nick Silvis scored the tying and go-ahead runs. The Crusaders manage five hits the rest of the way but were not able to tie the game or regain the lead.
Sophomore Ross Thompson started the game on the mound for the Crusaders but took the tough-luck loss by allowing all four runs but striking out seven over eight innings. Nick Beck struck out one and allowed a hit in one inning of work.
Capital got on the board first with a two-run third inning. Zackary Ary doubled with one out to give the Crusaders their first baserunner of the frame and he scored after Alexander Smith placed a single down the leftfield line. Smith then scored after Shane Lyons reached on an error and Smith scored on the same play.
Wilmington made it a one-run game in the top of the fifth but Capital got the run back in the bottom of that inning with a Daniel Walters RBI double. The Quakers responded with their three runs in the next inning.
Smith finished the game 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI and Walters went 2-for-4. Ary had three hits in five at-bats.
Game 2 – Wilmington 2, Capital 6
In the second game of the day, Capital was the team that got behind early but was able to respond.
The Quakers started the scoring in the second inning with a two-out RBI single from Shane Hale to go up 1-0 and then Joe Legin singled in another run. In the bottom of the inning, Capital cut the lead to one on a run-scoring single courtesy of Ben Bethay.
The Crusaders tied the game in the bottom of the third after Ary led off the inning with a base knock to left, was moved over to second and then scored on a Shane Lyons single. Capital then pulled ahead in the fifth thanks to a double from Smith that scored Joe Caporale. Lyons then helped the Crusaders get another run after he singled to left. The leftfielder then came up throwing and rifled a throw to try to get Smith rounding third. However, Smith had stopped at third but Lyons rounded first and then got caught in a rundown. Lyons was eventually tagged out by the Wilmington shortstop but Smith used his speed to score before Lyons was retired.
In the eight, Capital sealed the win with a two-run single from Drew Ellis. Smith again finished with a multi-hit game going 2-for-3 with another RBI. Lyons finished 3-for-4 and as a team Capital combined for 11 hits.
With the split, Capital moved its record to 12-18 overall and 3-9 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The Crusaders will travel north to take on Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday in Berea for another doubleheader. The first pitch of the day is scheduled for 1 p.m.