Capital Rally Falls Just Short Against Alma

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

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Capital University Baseball took the field in Auburndale on Sunday looking for its first win of the young 2019 season. After falling behind early, the Crusaders rallied but the comeback came up just short in a 2-1 loss to Alma College (Mich.).

Down 2-0 in the top of the eighth inning, A.J. Albanese singled to right field to start the inning for Capital. Albanese was then replaced by pinch runner Alex Stefanelli. Following a groundout, Bryce Grisez grounded out to third but allowed Stefanelli to advance to second. Junior infielder Beau Otto then stepped up to the plate and lined a single that brought Stefanelli home to cut the deficit to one run.

After holding Alma scoreless in the bottom of the frame, Andrew Klamfroth singled in the ninth with one out and was replaced on the basepath by Tom Cavanaugh. Joe Caporale singled to move Cavanaugh ahead and Konnor Black singled to load the bases. Aaron Saenz came in to pitch for Alma and struck out the first batter he faced and then forced Drew Ellis to fly out to center to end the game.

Otto finished the game 1-for-3 with an RBI and drew a walk. Caporale and Klamfroth each went 2-for-4.

Alma struck for the first time in the bottom of the third inning when Pete Carravallah scored and the Scots then doubled the lead in the sixth when a run scored on a double.

Starting pitcher Scott Gutstein pitched six innings for the Crusaders and struck out six while giving up five hits and the two runs. Nick Beck and Ellis combined for two innings of scoreless ball.

Capital's next opportunity for a win will come on Monday, Feb. 25 when the Crusaders take on Lyndon State (Vt.). First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.