Gaining Momentum, Softball Picks Up Sixth-Straight Win

Right fielder Ashley Knowles makes a throw against Baldwin Wallace on March 22, 2014, at Clowson Field. (Jeff Mills photo).
Right fielder Ashley Knowles makes a throw against Baldwin Wallace on March 22, 2014, at Clowson Field. (Jeff Mills photo).
 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University's softball team has found its groove, picking up a pair of wins against conference opponent Wilmington College on Sunday afternoon. Defense dominated game one until Capital took advantage of late back-to-back errors to secure victory. In game two, Capital jumped out early on its way to finishing the day with a dominating win.

Game 1- Capital 2, Wilmington 1

Both defenses held opposing batters at bay through the first five innings. Wilmington (8-10, 0-4 OAC) struck first as Savannah Hooper scored as a result of a hit to left field by teammate Jessie Stewart.

Capital (13-9, 4-0) didn't stay down for long as an error put sophomore shortstop Pam Vickers (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) on first base. A sacrifice bunt by Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio) then aided Vickers in her advancement to second. Junior first baseman Marisa Koss (Ostrander, Ohio) ripped a triple to right field to score the game-tying run.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Crusaders started the inning in a hole by getting a pair of outs. Chevy Hayslett (Miamisburg, Ohio) found the gap in right field to get on base. Following the hit, head coach Nan Payne entered Brooke Hokes (Powell, Ohio) into the game to pinch run for Hayslett. Senior outfielder Ashley Knowles (Canton, Ohio) then popped up to the outfield but the Quaker defender was unable to handle the ball, allowing Hokes to reach third.

  Another error sealed the game for Capital when Brooklyn State (Grove City, Ohio) sent the ball between an infielder's legs to score Hokes.

Wilmington held a 5-4 advantage in hits but committed four errors.

Hayslett led the Crusaders with a pair of hits on three at-bats.

Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Ohio) has brought consistency to the Crusaders at pitcher as she has picked up her seventh win of the season. The junior pitcher recorded four strikeouts.

Game 2- Capital 11, Wilmington 1 (5 innings)

Capital jumped ahead early, beginning with its first two batters, Vickers and Staten, getting on base. The pair scored after stealing second and third when Walter singled to first base.

The bases became loaded when back-to-back walks put Kat Boyer (Huber Heights, Ohio) and Therese Becker (South Euclid, Ohio) on base. In the next at-bat, Hayslett hit the ball in play as two errors in one play contributed to three Crusader runs.  

Capital put up another run in the second inning before it scored three runs in both the third and fourth innings to route the Quakers.

The Crusaders notched 10 hits while committing no errors.

Bree Kilgus (Grove City, Ohio) went the whole game in the circle, picking up her fifth career victory. The freshman pitcher recorded four strikeouts and walked only two batters.

After spending the last two weeks at home, Capital will travel to Tiffin, Ohio to take on Heidelberg University (15-5, 2-2) on Wednesday, April 6 at 3 p.m.