Alex Mukensturm’s Lights-Out Pitching Leads to OAC Award

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

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Over two starts last week, senior pitcher Alex Mukensturm went 2-0 for Capital University Baseball in two key Ohio Athletic Conference wins. On Monday, the conference announced that the senior is the latest OAC Pitcher of the Week.

A native of Tecumseh, Mich., Mukensturm totaled 15 innings on the mound and struck out 17 against Ohio Northern University and Marietta College. He allowed only four total runs.

Against the Polar Bears on April 1, Mukensturm turned in the best start of his career in a one-run complete game in which he mowed down 10 ONU batters via the strikeout. The 10 strikeouts are a career high. Mukensturm started his day by striking out two in the first inning and then struck out the side in the fourth. ONU's only run of the day scored in the bottom of the ninth. Eighty-eight of Mukensturm's 138 pitches were strikes.

On Saturday against Marietta, Mukensturm allowed three runs in six innings with seven strikeouts. He again started his day with a two-strikeout first inning and all three outs in the second were swinging strikeouts. Of his 110 total pitches, 74 were strikes.

Twenty-three games into the season, Mukensturm has started nearly a third of those games with seven. He has already matched his career high for wins with three and has established new career bests in innings pitched and strikeouts.

The Crusaders will host Muskingum University for an OAC doubleheader on Tuesday, April 9 with first pitch at Clowson Field scheduled for 1 p.m.