COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University softball team broke its six-game skid during its split with Muskingum University on Monday afternoon. The Crusaders won game one in walk-off fashion before being defeated in six innings to close out the night.
GAME 1 – Muskingum 4, Capital 5
Capital came from behind in the bottom of the seventh inning take away a 5-4 win over the Fighting Muskies. Freshman Kristen Mellott (Clear Spring, Md.) began the inning with a leadoff single and was followed by senior Brooklynn Staten (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City) getting back into her groove with a double down the right field line. With two runners in scoring position and one out, Chianna Smitley (Chillicothe, Ohio) entered to pinch hit and made the most of the opportunity. The freshman hit a single into left field, scoring pinch runner Brooke Hokes and leaving Staten at third.
The next batter, Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio), made contact on a check swing which left the ball just in front of the plate. Catcher Alyxis Moore picked it up and made the throw to first when Staten broke for home. After retiring Walter, the throw came back to the plate, but was high and a sliding Staten slid safely to score the winning run.
Mellott led Capital with two hits on three plate appearances and one run batted in.
Junior Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Pa.) earned her eighth win of the year, tossing all seven innings, striking out four and surrendering two earned runs of the four scored against the Crusaders.
GAME 2 – Muskingum 10, Capital 1 (F/6)
Muskingum came back in game two and immediately began swinging away, which paid dividends in its 10-1 shortened contest. Freshman Brianna Reardon (Fremont, Ohio) earned the start but surrendered a two-run home run in her first and only inning of work.
SophomoreBree Kilgus came in the following inning, but was hit up for six runs on six hits over 3.1 innings of work. Muskingum granted her an early exit after scoring five runs in the fifth, bulking up their lead to 8-1. Amy Clark posted a two-run base hit, marking two of her five RBIs in the game.
The Muskies scored twice more in the sixth, and with the Crusaders unable to score in the home half the game ended following the final out of the inning.
Muskingum's Kristin Gill and Sarah Browning (W, 4-4) split time in the circle, each going three innings. Together, they limited Capital to just four hits and one run. Browning took the win after tossing three innings of one-hit ball.
Capital (14-16, 5-7 OAC) will play its final two home series back-to-back this week. They will host Marietta College on Wednesday, April 20 and then bring in the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin Wallace on Saturday, April 23 on its Senior Day.