Softball Loses Heartbreaker at Otterbein

Infielder Brooklyn Staten makes contact on a pitch against John Carroll on May 4, 2013, in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament at Clowson Field. (Andrea Kjerrumgaard photo).
Infielder Brooklyn Staten makes contact on a pitch against John Carroll on May 4, 2013, in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament at Clowson Field. (Andrea Kjerrumgaard photo).

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Capital University's softball team lost a pair of tough games at the hands of Otterbein University on Friday afternoon. In game one, the Cardinals took advantage of Capital's mistakes to edge the Crusaders. Capital jumped on top of Otterbein in the early part of game two before the Cardinals won the game on the final at-bat.

Game 1- Capital 1, Otterbein 3

Otterbein (23-3-2, 10-0 OAC) opened the scoring in the first half when Bailey McElwain sacrificed out to right field to advance Chey Rowe home.

Capital (13-13, 4-4) began the third inning with a single from Kristen Mellott (Clear Spring, Md.). After an error aided Mellott's advancement to second, a base hit to left field by Brooklyn Staten (Grove City, Ohio) allowed Mellott to put the first run on the board for the Crusaders.

A wild pitch in the fifth inning and an error by Capital's defense in the sixth allowed the Cardinals to score a pair of runs that decided the contest.

Capital out-hit Otterbein, 6-5 as both teams committed an error.

Pam Vickers (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) led the Crusaders with a pair of hits, going 2-for-3 at the plate. Marisa Koss (Ostrander, Ohio) led Capital on defense with 13 putouts.

Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Pa.) pitched for five innings, walking four and striking out two.

Game 2- Capital 7, Otterbein 9

Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio) sparked a five-run inning in the first stanza, leading off with a double to left-center field. Walter was scored on the next at-bat with a bunt from Vickers. Katie Hurst (Macedonia, Ohio) then singled up the middle as Vickers scored the game's second run. Following an error that got Koss on base, Ashley Knowles (Canton, Ohio) found a gap in center field to continue the run as Hurst increased Capital's lead to three. The final runs of the inning were scored on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly from Mellott.

The Cardinals scored a pair of runs in the third inning and as much as three in the fifth to make the score 7-6 entering the bottom of the seventh. Following an out, Maddie Flasco singled down the left line to put Otterbein's first runner on base. Capital recorded another out when Staten made a play on a fly ball. Megan Garner singled through the left side, advancing Flasco to second. Rachael Owens ended the game on a walk-off three-run homer to left field.

Five Crusaders finished with two hits as Capital finished with 13. Koss led Capital with two runs.
 
Capital will be on the road again tomorrow, April 16 against The University of Mount Union (19-13, 5-5) at 1 p.m.