WILMINGTON, Ohio – Maura Rose exploded for five hits, two of which were home runs, as part of Capital Softball's doubleheader sweep on Monday afternoon. The Crusaders' play boosted their Ohio Athletic Conference record to 7-1 on the year.
GAME 1 vs. Wilmington, W 11-6
Capital big six-run second inning was enough to propel them to their sixth OAC win of the season. Senior Alyssa Patznick (Newark, Ohio) started the inning off with a single, one of five hits the Crusaders collected in the inning. With the bases loaded, newly-minted OAC Hitter of the Week LeAnna Cotton (Okeechobee, Fla.) unloaded a three-run double to left field.
Cotton's run-scoring double was a precursor to the first of Maura Rose's two round trippers. Rose cleared the bases with her fifth home run of the season, one that made for a 7-1 score after the second inning.
Wilmington battled back by making for a one-run game by the end of the fourth inning. Jesse Stewart hit a two-run single in the third and Allie Noggle's ground out was good enough to plate one more to bring the score to 6-5.
Capital extended its lead with back-to-back two-run innings spurred by run-scoring hits by junior Brooklyn Staten and Patznick. Staten drove two runs in with a single to left in the sixth inning while Patznick blasted a two-run homer in the seventh.
Sophomore Amber Martinelli (W, 3-0) earned her third win of the season after pitching 4.2 innings and allowing two runs on seven hits. Patznick started the game and surrendered four runs on four hits over 2.1 innings.
GAME 2 vs. Wilmington, W, 9-1 (F/5)
Capital made short work of the Quakers in game two and rode the coattails of Rose's near-perfect game to a 9-1 victory in five innings.
Rose was a triple short of the cycle but singles twice, doubled and hit a two-run homer to close out her four-hit day. She put the Crusaders on the board with a run-scoring single in the first inning and then added a two-run double in the third as part of the four-run frame.
While the Crusaders left the bases loaded in the fourth, Capital plated enough runs in the fifth to initiate the NCAA run rule. After Brooke Billings walked, Kelsey Swain (Pickerington, Ohio/North) hit the second of her two triples, scoring one. Cotton's double then scored Swain and set the table for Rose's second home run of the day.
Rose finished game two having gone 4-for-4 with a season-high five RBIs. Her four hits also signified a season-high mark.
Billings did her job in the circle, holding the Quakers to just one run in five innings. The senior surrendered just three hits in her sixth win of the year.
Capital's sweep places them in a share for the top spot in the OAC standings with Heidelberg University at 7-1. The two teams will tussle at Clowson Field on Wednesday, April 8 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.