Explosive Offense Leads the Crusaders to First Win of the Season

Pitcher Brooke Billings (Glenn Cline photo)
Pitcher Brooke Billings (Glenn Cline photo)

Vs. Alma College

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Capital University softball fell to Alma College, 3-0, in its season opener on Monday afternoon. The Crusaders surrendered two early runs in the top of the first when Danielle Service doubled to left field sending Anna Couture in for the score. The very next at bat, Cori Witham singled to center field to help Alma (2-2) grab a 2-0 lead.

The Scotts added the last run of the game in the top of the third as Erin Lee, pinch running for Devan Olah, crossed home plate thanks to a bunt from Service.

Alma out-hit Capital (0-1) 8-3, while also recording 10 strikeouts compared to Capital's three. Kelsey Swain (Pickerington, Ohio), LeAnna Cotton (Okeechobee, Fla.), and Maura Rose (Linden, Pa.)  were the only Crusaders to record a hit.

Senior pitcher Brooke Billings (Clyde, Ohio) pitched the whole game for the Crusaders, falling to 0-1 to start the season.


Vs. Lyndon State College (Vt.)

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Capital University softball rolled to a convincing 25-0 in a  five-inning victory over Lyndon State College in its second game on Monday.

The Crusaders took control of the game from the begging, jumping out to a 15-0 lead in the first inning. With two players on base, LeAnna Cotton (Okeechobee, Fla.) tripled to center field. Her next bat also recorded points when she singled, helping Kelsey Swain (Pickerington, Ohio) reach home plate.

Therese Becker (South Euclid, Ohio) slapped a ball over the left fence to cap off an inning that saw the Crusaders record 9 hits, scoring 15 points.

In 39 at bats, Capital recorded 23 hits and 22 RBI. The Crusaders had four players with at least three runs with Swain leading the way with four. The senior outfielder  was aggressive after getting on base, stealing two. Brooklyn Staten (Grove City, Ohio), Alyssa Patznick (Newark, Ohio), and Katie Hurst (Macedonia, Ohio) each chipped in with three runs. Staten and Cotton paced the Crusaders with five hits apiece. Capital played an error free game while its opponent finished with eight.

The Crusaders will play in two games tomorrow. The first will be played against Houghton College (3-1) at 9 a.m. Followed by a matchup with Hanover College (0-2) at 11 a.m.