Softball Earns 25th Win Against Kenyon

Softball Earns 25th Win Against Kenyon

COLUMBUS, Ohio – On a cold and windy day, the Capital University softball team split with the Ladies of Kenyon College. Capital controlled the majority of game one before Kenyon used a late surge to complete the comeback. The Crusaders rebounded with a 6-2 victory in the nightcap.

Game 1 – Capital 8, Kenyon 10

A homerun in the second inning from senior pitcher Alyssa Patznick (Newark, Ohio) appeared to grab all of the momentum for the Crusaders (25-10) as it extended the Capital lead to 3-0. Kenyon (29-9) had other ideas as it stormed back to score five runs in the top of the third.

Three straight hits, quickly loaded the bases for the Ladies. Kenyon then followed up with three singles, beginning with Madi Maldonado, who brought a runner in with a shot to right field before Maddy Stark scored two more with a single to center field.  Jane Ghublikian produced the third single to allow Maldonado to cross the plate. The Ladies built a 5-3 lead by the end of the inning.

The Crusaders answered with a three-run inning in the fourth but were unable to hold off Kenyon down the stretch, giving up five runs in the final two innings.

Kelsey Swain (Pickerington, Ohio) led the Crusaders with three hits as she crossed home three times. Brooklyn Staten (Grove City, Ohio) finished the game, tying a season high with three RBIs.

Game 2 – Capital 6, Kenyon 2

The Ladies led Capital 2-0 through the first three innings until the Crusaders found their rhythm on the plate. Kat Boyer (Huber Heights, Ohio) and Patznick got on base with singles, before junior right fielder Ashley Knowles (Canton, Ohio) hit a two RBI double to center field. Swain capped off the scoring, scoring Knowles from third with her second base-hit of the contest.

Capital's defense clamped down on the Ladies, giving way to the offense to ensure the victory in the sixth inning.

Swain hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Patznick and on the same play Knowles scored on an error from Kenyon. Staten score the final run of the game with an RBI single.

Capital had five players with two hits as it finished the game with 12 hits.

Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Pa.) pitched the whole game for Capital, tallying three strikeouts while only walking one Kenyon batter.

The Crusaders return to action on Thursday, April 23 in a rescheduled doubleheader against Denison University at Clowson Field. The first pitch will be thrown at 3:30.