ANGOLA, Ind. – The Capital University softball team was unable to continue its best season in more than a decade Saturday, falling 12-5 against top regional seed and No. 2 Trine University in an NCAA Tournament elimination game at Trine.
The Ohio Athletic Conference regular season champion Crusaders finish the season with a 35-12 overall record, including a 16-2 mark in league play.
Sophomore centerfielder Kelsey Swain (Pickerington, Ohio), a first team all-region and second team All-OAC selection, finished 3-for-4 with a triple to pace the Capital offense. Senior shortstop Devan Boggs (West Jefferson, Ohio) concluded her OAC Player of the Year campaign with a 2-for-4 performance. Senior first baseman Lexi Majoy (Huron, Ohio) homered and knocked in three runs for the Crusaders, who finished with nine hits in the affair, just two behind Trine's 11.
Sophomore pitcher Brooke Billings (Clyde, Ohio) dropped to 17-6 with the setback, tossing the first 3 1/3 innings for Capital. Sophomore Alyssa Patznick (Newark, Ohio) came on in relief and pitched 3 2/3 frames of scoreless relief, not allowing a hit during that span.
Following the conclusion of regional play, Boggs was selected to the All-Tournament team.
After the Thunder (38-4) plated two in the opening frame, Boggs came around and scored from third on a squeeze bunt by sophomore catcher Maura Rose (Williamsport, Pa.). Majoy came up next and sent a three-run, line-drive home run deep out to centerfield to put the Crusaders ahead 4-2. It was Majoy's seventh long ball of the season and first since April 21.
After Trine tied the game at 4-4, Swain tripled with two outs and nobody on in the bottom of the second inning. Sophomore left fielder LeAnna Cotton (Okeechobee, Fla.) came up and knocked a single to center to bring home Swain and give Capital the lead once again.
Thunder pitcher Andi Gasco homered in the third to tie the game again. Trine then tallied seven times in the top of the fourth to take control of the contest and the lead for good.
Capital made one final push in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with two outs but coming away with no runs.
The Thunder move on to face Anderson (Ind.) later today.
The Crusaders are now 7-8 all-time in NCAA Tournament games.
Boggs, Majoy and fellow senior Katie Neely (Sugar Grove, Ohio) accounted for one of the most successful senior classes in program history. The three were a part of four winning seasons of 20 wins or more, a school-record 35 wins in one season, the team's first OAC Tournament appearance since 2007 and the team's first OAC regular season title since 2002.
Boggs finishes her career as the program's all-time leader in hits, doubles and home runs. Majoy ranks second to Boggs in homers.