COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University's softball team took on the Marietta College Pioneers on Wednesday afternoon at Clowson Field. The Crusaders were unable to come away with a victory, dropping game one in the final inning before dropping game two despite a late comeback attempt.
Game 1—Capital 1, Marietta 4
Defense dominated the first half of the game as both defense produced three straight outs in three of the first five innings. Capital (14-18, 5-9 OAC) was the first to strike, taking advantage of mistakes made by the Marietta (19-17, 8-6) defense. A muffed throw got sophomore short stop Pam Vickers (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) on base. Four at-bats later, Vickers slid into home plate following a passed ball, barely beating the toss by the catcher.
In the seventh inning, the Pioneers went off for four runs, highlighted by a two-RBI double from senior Rachael Montgomery. Marietta's defense secured the victory in the bottom of the seventh with three straight outs.
Senior right fielder Ashley Knowles (Canton, Ohio) led the Crusaders with two of Capital's four hits.
Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Pa.) finished the game with three strikeouts while surrendering six hits and two walks.
Game 2—Capital 3, Marietta 5
Both squads scored a run in the third stanza while Capital's run came by way of Sarah Jasinski (Englewood, Ohio), who used her speed to take advantage of a muffed throw by the Pioneer defense.
The Pioneers built a comfortable lead with a pair of runs in the fourth and a run in each the sixth and seventh.
Capital looked to mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh when Lindsay Abramowitz (Lewis Center, Ohio) singled to left field after entering the game to pinch hit. Katie Hurst (Macedonia, Ohio) then doubled to right field to score Brooke Hokes (Powell, Ohio), who entered to pinch run, from first base. Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio) followed with a hit to put Hurst on third. Capital then cut into the lead when an error on a Vickers at-bat scored Hurst from third base. The comeback attempt was ended when Marietta's Brey Mays caught a foul ball.
Walter served a team-leading three hits while Knowles and Vickers registered two apiece.
Freshman Stephanie Hunter (Chardon, Ohio) spent two innings in the circle but dished out four strikeouts.
Capital returns to Clowson Field for the last time this season on Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m. for a doubleheader against Baldwin Wallace. The Crusaders will honor seniors Brooklyn Staten (Grove City, Ohio), Therese Becker (South Euclid, Ohio), Hurst and Knowles as part of its Senior Day.