By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
TIFFIN, Ohio – The Capital University baseball season concluded the 2018 season with a doubleheader at Heidelberg University on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders took a loss in both games by scores of 5-2 and 7-1 despite a four-hit day from sophomore Shayne Lyons.
GAME 1 - Capital 2, Heidelberg 5
The Capital offense was limited to just four hits over the course of nine innings in game one. Heidelberg pitcher Trevor Adkins (W, 5-0) tossed eight productive innings in which he surrendered two runs, neither earned, on just three hits and struck out five Crusaders
Heidelberg scored one run in each of the first three innings against Capital starter Patrick Avellano (Alpharetta, Ga.). The Student Princes' first run came on a fielder's choice that scored a runner from third.
Cap took back the lead in the second when senior Daniel Walters and sophomore Shayne Lyons hit back-to-back singles to lead off the top of the second. Senior Connor Hopkins then reached on a throwing error by Adkins and in the process allowed both runners to score.
A one-out walk helped land Heidelberg its second run of the game when Joey Rydzewski singled to bring around Parker Fronk to tie the game. The Student Princes then reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the third when Darrin Shirk, who was hit by a pitch with two out, later came around to score on a wild pitch.
Evan Long added two more runs for The Berg with a two-RBI double in the bottom of the sixth to give the hosts a 5-2 lead.
Capital left one runner on base in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings but was unable to bring any runners home. Their only base runner in the final third of the game came in the ninth with Lyons doubled with one out but Heidelberg's Joey Wenning closed the door on Cap by inducing two groundouts to end the game.
Lyons finished the game 2-for-2, scored one and walked twice.
Rydzewski and Long notched five of Heidelberg's nine hits and registered three RBIs between them.
GAME 2 - Capital 1, Heidelberg 7
A five-run first inning set the tone and carried Heidelberg to victory in game two.
Rydzewski led the bottom off with a single through the left side, marking the first of three base hits to open the game. The third, hit by Matt Psychas, got Heidelberg on the board. Following an error in the field that loaded the bases, Phil Frazier hit an infield single to plate another run, followed by a run-scoring sacrifice fly to make the score 3-0. Three straight walks, the latter two with the bases loaded, add two more to Heidelberg's scoring line before Ross Thompson was taken out in favor of senior Casey Hamrick. Hamrick then ended the inning with a strikeout.
Lyons continued his strong day at the plate when he helped Capital get on the board in the top of the fifth. Senior Alexander Smith hit a double to left center field then two batters later Lyons hit a two-out, run-scoring single to left.
Hamrick went on to toss 3.1 innings of four-hit, one-run baseball which then set up Alex Mukensturm for three innings of effective relief. Between the two, the duo allowed two runs on seven hits.
Psychas recorded an RBI single in the seventh, which ended up being the final run scored between either team and resulted in a 7-1 score.
Lyons recorded a second two-hit game, ended the day with a 4-for-6 line on the day.
Capital ends the year with a 14-24 overall record and 5-13 Ohio Athletic Conference record.