Stout Defense Leads the Crusaders to Sweep of John Carroll

Photo by Jeff Mills
Photo by Jeff Mills

COLUMBUS, Ohio –Sound defense and consistent pitching was the reciped for a successful showing in Capital University Softball's conference-opening doubleheader. Capital's defense clamped down on John Carroll University, holding the Blue Streaks to no runs in game one. In game two, the Crusaders racked off back to back doubles to pull away from John Carroll for good.

Game 1- Capital 3, John Carroll 0

In the bottom end of the first inning, Pam Vickers (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) reached first with a bunt to the shortstop before stealing second base. Sophomore outfielder Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio) scored Vickers with a double to right field.

After two scoreless innings, Capital (9-9, 2-2 OAC) built on its lead when Kat Boyer (Huber Heights, Ohio) found the gap in center field to send teammates Chevy Hayslett (Miamisburg, Ohio) and Brooke Hokes (Powell, Ohio).

Brooklyn Staten (Grove City, Ohio) and and Walter led Capital with two hits apiece. Boyer posted a game high two RBIs. The Crusaders registered seven, three RBIs on 25 hits. Marisa Koss (Ostrander, Ohio) led all players with 14 putouts.

Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Ohio) showed off her arm in the circle, allowing only two hits and walking one batter. The junior pitcher strucker out four players.  

Game 2- Capital 5, John Carroll 1

With the Crusaders leading 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Koss doubled to center field, scoring Staten from second base. The next at-bat broke the game open when Boyer hit a double of her own that resulted in two RBIs.

Capital scored its fifth and final run in the bottom of the sixth stanza as Ashley Knowles (Canton, Ohio) took advantage of a passed ball to cross home plate.

Staten paced the Crusaders with two runs, the senior now has six on the season. Koss and Boyer each added two RBIs apiece.

John Carroll's (6-8, 0-2) pitcher managed to strike out just one Crusader batter.   

After throwing every pitch of the day, Martinelli improved her pitching record to 5-1.

Capital is back in action tomorrow, March 30 against Bethany College (6-10) at Clowson Field. The doubleheader is slated to start at 3 p.m.