TIFFIN, Ohio – Following a week of delays, Capital University's softball team finally returned to the diamond on Wednesday afternoon against Heidelberg University. Defenses were stout in game one, until the Student Princes dished out three consecutive hits to score the games only run. In game two, Heidelberg relied on defense and a Crusader error to hold on to its two-run lead.
Game 1- Capital 0, Heidelberg 1
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Heidelberg (17-5, 4-2 OAC) outfielder Taylor Hicks registered a base hit up the middle, following a pair of outs. One at-bat later, Hicks reached second by way of a single from teammate Bailey Smith. Marissa Smego recorded the game-winning hit up the middle to score Hicks from second base.
Heidelberg finished the game with nine hits compared to Capital's (13-11,4-2) five. Smith, Hicks, and Kayla Zachrich each had two hits.
Kat Boyer (Huber Heights, Ohio) led the Crusaders with two hits after going 2-for-3 at the plate.
Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Pa.) threw every pitch in the circle, allowing one walk while throwing a single strike.
Game 2- Capital 0, Heidelberg 2
In the third stanza, Heidelberg's Haylee Patel walked before Hicks reached on a fielder's choice. The first run of the game was scored when Smith singled to third and an error by the Crusader defense sent Patel across home plate.
Heidelberg's defense kept Capital at bay for the remainder of the contest while adding another run in the fifth to complete the sweep.
Martinelli went four innings, allowing seven hits and two runs. She walked two batters and struck out one.
The Crusaders have a quick turn around with a doubleheader at Otterbein University (21-3-2, 6-0) on Friday, April 15 at 3 p.m.