Koss’ Grand Slam Highlights Sweep of Bethany

Designated player Marisa Koss makes contact on a pitch against Davenport (Mich.) University on Feb. 25, 2014, at the NTC Softball Complex in Clermont, Fla.
Designated player Marisa Koss makes contact on a pitch against Davenport (Mich.) University on Feb. 25, 2014, at the NTC Softball Complex in Clermont, Fla.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Softball picked up its second-straight sweep in as many days, defeating the Bethany College Bison. The Crusaders ran away with game one, ending it in convincing fashion before squeezing out a game in extra innings in game two.

Game 1 – Capital 10, Bethany 1

Capital (11-9) had a quiet first inning before scoring runs in each of the final four innings of the shortened five-inning contest. Capital's best inning of the day came in the bottom of the fifth which started by Kat Boyer (Huber Heights, Ohio) getting on base due to a Bethany (6-12) error. Head coach Nan Payne then entered Sierra Sanchez (Corpus Christi, Texas) to pinch run for Boyer.

Two at-bats later, Therese Becker (South Euclid, Ohio) recorded a hit, sending the ball past the Bison shortstop. An error the following play sent Kristen Mellott (Clear Spring, Md.) to first base and Sanchez to home, extending Capital's lead to 4-0. Capital continued to light the scoreboard after Ashley Knowles (Canton, Ohio) hit an RBI-single to left field before another Bethany error resulted in a Crusader run.

With Pam Vickers (Sagamore Hills, Ohio), Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio), and Knowles loading the bases, Marisa Koss (Ostrander, Ohio) stepped to the plate and crushed the ball, sending it over the fence for a walk off grand slam.

Brooklyn Staten (Grove City, Ohio), Knowles, and Koss each finished with two hits. Koss recorded a season high four RBIs.

The Crusaders held a 10-3 advantage in hits over the Bison. Bethany committed four errors.

Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Pa.) picked up another win, allowing only three hits. The junior pitcher struckout two batters and tallied three walks.

Game 2 – Capital 3, Bethany 2

 The Crusaders had a quiet five innings to start game two after falling behind 2-0 to Bethany. In the sixth inning, back to back Bison errors put Walter and Koss on base. A ground out by Boyer put Capital's first run of the game on the board as Walter reached home plate. Becker notched the game-tying hit, finding a gap up the middle that sent Koss home to force extra innings.

Defense ruled the first extra inning until the Crusaders were up to bat in the bottom of the ninth. Coach Payne entered Sanchez in the game to pinch run for Boyer on second base. An then error advance Sanchez to third base. With the bases loaded and one out, Knowles hit the game-winner, finding the right-field gap to score Sanchez.

Becker paced all players with a trio of hits.

Bree Kilgus (Grove City, Ohio) went all nine innings in the circle, allowing seven hits, four walks, and one earned run.

Capital will play at Clowson Field once again on Saturday with a conference doubleheader against Wilmington College. The first game is scheduled for 1 p.m.