Softball Splits Opening Day Action with Win Over Franklin College

Photo by Jeff Mills
Photo by Jeff Mills

CLERMONT, Fla. – Capital edged Franklin College in the bottom of the seventh in game one before falling to #11 Alma College, 3-0 in game two.

 Game 1- Capital 2, Franklin 1

Third baseman Therese Becker (South Euclid, Ohio) provided a shot of energy for the Crusaders with a double to centerfield. The hit allowed junior first baseman Marisa Koss (Ostrander, Ohio) to round third base for the first score of the game.

The opening stanza was followed by a defensive stalemate in the next five innings that saw only one run from Franklin in the fourth inning.

The game appeared to be heading for extra innings with both teams tied in the bottom of the seventh. The Crusaders had one out when Pam Vickers (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) got on first with a base hit to the shortstop. Sarah Jasinski (Englewood, Ohio) advanced Vickers to second as she grounded out to first. Facing two outs, Brooklyn Staten (Grove City, Ohio) hit the ball just over the first baseman's head to allow Vickers to score the game-winning run.

Each squad had nine hits but the difference proved to be Capital's 2-1 advantage in RBIs. Koss led the way on defense with a game-high 18 put outs.

Sophomore pitcher Bree Kilgus (Grove City, Ohio) recorded her first career win after pitching the whole way.

Game 2- Capital 0, Alma 3

The Crusaders didn't fare well at the plate against Alma, connecting on only three hits.

Capital provided its biggest threat in the third inning when Staten advanced Vickers to second with a base hit. However, the inning was ended when the catcher threw it to third base to catch Vickers stealing.

The game's biggest moment came in the third inning when Alma's Mary Brooks knocked it over the fence for a three-RBI homer.

Freshman pitcher Stephanie Hunter (Chardon, Ohio) entered the game in the fourth inning and played well, but Capital was unable to recover from the deficit.

Alma recorded six hits and three walks on 24 at-bats. Pitcher Morgan Stratton collected six strikeouts for the Scots.

The Crusaders return to the diamond tomorrow with games against St. Vincent College at 3 p.m. and Cabrini College at 7 p.m.