MARIETTA, Ohio – Capital University defeated Marietta College on both ends of Wednesday's doubleheader. Capital took the first game 7-5 and the second game 6-1. The Crusaders have put themselves in prime position heading into the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament, improving its record to 21-8 overall and 12-2 in the OAC. With one more win, the Crusaders secure a spot in the tournament. Two wins clinches the second seed.
Game 1 vs. Marietta W, 7-5
The top of Capital's batting order dealt the early blow as Kelsey Swain (Pickerington, Ohio) and Brooklyn Staten (Grove City, Ohio) started the first inning by reaching on singles. LeAnna Cotton (Okeechobee, Fla.) doubled down the left line to score Swain and Staten for her first two RBIs of the day.
Cotton recorded another RBI in the third with a base hit up the middle before reaching second base on the throw and third on a wild pitch. Another wild pitch allowed Cotton to score Capital's fourth run.
The Crusaders kept the Marietta (12-18, 5-9) off the board until the bottom of the fifth when Rachel Montgomery singled through the right side to score teammates Sarah Mayo and Cierra Bloom.
Capital added two more runs in the top of the seventh, proving to be too much for the Pioneers to overcome.
Three runs were scored by Swain, with Staten and Cotton chipping in with two.
Capital played an error-free game while Marietta committed four.
Alyssa Patznick (Newark, Ohio) struck out nine batters in six innings, improving her record to 8-2.
Game 2 vs. Marietta W, 6-1
Cotton grabbed the momentum early for the Crusaders, smacking her sixth home run of the season. The homer gave Capital a 3-0 lead in the first stanza.
Leading 4-0 in the top of the fourth, freshman first baseman Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio) reached with a single down the right field line. Walter advanced to second following a sacrifice bunt from Brooke Billings (Clyde, Ohio). Capital got another runner on base as Swain drew the walk.
Cotton continued to collect RBIs with a shot to left field to score two more runs.
Billings earned the win after allowing six hits and one run. The senior pitcher recorded two strikeouts and only walked one batter. Her record now stands at 8-6.
The Crusaders will take on John Carroll (18-12, 8-6 OAC) on Saturday, April 18 in their final road doubleheader of the regular season. Game one will start at 1 p.m.