CLERMONT, Fla. – The Capital University Crusaders and Catholic University Cardinals took part in a low-hitting affair at Legends Way on Saturday morning as the Cardinals were able to crank out a pair of early runs against the Crusaders. In game two, the Crusaders jumped ahead early, only to surrender their lead late in the contest.
Game 1 – Capital 1, Catholic 3
The Cardinals grabbed momentum in the bottom of the third inning, beginning with a Crusader error that put Rebekah Hoisl on first base. One at-bat later, Kristina Lozupone found the left center-field gap to score Hoisl. Shortly after, Lozupone crossed home plate, following a base hit from Alyssa Keane.
In the sixth inning, Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio) entered the game as a pinch hitter. The sophomore outfielder slapped one to right field, allowing her to use her speed to reach third. Senior Brooklyn Staten (Grove City, Ohio) grounded out to second base, allowing Walter to record Capital's only run of the game.
Catholic added added to its run total in the bottom of the sixth inning to distance itself from Capital down the stretch.
Walter's triple and scored run highlighted Capital's offensive performance.
Catholic's Lozupone three hits and RBI paced all players.
The Cardinals out-hit the Crusaders 5-3 as both teams finished with an error.
Bree Kilgus pitched five innings, surrendering five hits and two earned runs. The sophomore pitcher tallied three strikeouts.
Game 2 – Capital 4, Augustana 5
Facing a 1-0 deficit, the Crusaders got off to a quick start in the first inning. Capital put two on base with hits by Marisa Koss (Ostrander, Ohio) and Therese Becker (South Euclid, Ohio). The bases became loaded after Chevy Hayslett (Miamisburg, Ohio) got hit by a pitch. Walter stepped up to the plate and ripped a shot to centerfield for a three-RBI double.
Capital extended its lead in the second inning with its fourth run as Pam Vickers (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) scored on a ground out by Koss.
The Vikings scored a run in the fourth stanza before they recorded their strongest inning in the sixth. Brittany Kellett hit the ball just inside the right field line to reach second base. After reaching third base on a passed ball, Kellott scored due to an error by the Capital defense. Augustana's second run of the inning was scored when Taylor Belo was walked with the bases loaded. The run tied the game at four runs apiece.
The game-winning run was scored in the seventh inning by Augustana's Kellett as teammate Karly Wilson singled to right field.
Capital wraps up its Florida trip tomorrow with games against Neumann and Johnson & Wales University. The first game is slated for 1 p.m.