CLERMONT, Fla. – Defense continues to be the strength of Capital Softball as it recorded it's second shutout of the season against St. Vincent College. Against Cabrini College, the Crusaders struggled at the plate early on but nearly pulled off the comeback in the last inning.
Game 1- Capital 3, St. Vincent 0
The Crusaders found their rhythm in the second inning when junior catcher Kat Boyer (Huber Heights, Ohio) connected with the ball for a single up the middle. Teammate Ashley Knowles (Canton, Ohio) followed Boyer's at-bat with a single of her own, placing runners at first and second. Bree Kilgus (Grove City, Ohio) advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt to third base. Junior second baseman Sarah Jasinski (Englewood, Ohio) put the first run on the board, finding the left-field gap for a single. The hit sent Boyer across home plate.
In the sixth inning, head coach Nan Payne entered Brooke Hokes (Powell, Ohio) to pinch run, following a double from Boyer, and Kristen Mellott (Clear Spring, Md.)to pinch hit. The decisions paid off as Mellott singled to right field, allowing Hokes to score the third and final run.
With 31 at-bats, Capital finished with 12 hits and three RBIs. Boyer led all players with three hits as Knowles and Katie Hurst (Macedonia, Ohio) finished with two apiece.
Kilgus threw every pitch, recording six strikeouts and no walks as her pitching record extends to 2-1.
Game 2- Capital 2, Cabrini 3
The two squads remained scoreless through the first two innings until Cabrini's Kaitlyn Cooper singled to third base to score teammate Victoria Hall from third.
After surrendering another run in the fourth inning, Capital's Katie Hurst (Macedonia, Ohio) took advantage of a wild pitch to earn Capital's first run of the game.
The Crusader defense continued to hold strong throughout the next three innings as Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio) scored on a passed ball after getting on base by way of an error.
In the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded, Jess Giordano recorded a hit that took a bounce into the shortstop and sent Amber Dietrich across home plate for the game-winning score.
Capital recorded four hits and had six runners left on base.
The Crusaders have the day off tomorrow before returning to action on Thursday with games against Catholic University and Augustana College.