A Pair of Seventh-Inning Homers Highlights Sweep of Kenyon

Shortstop Therese Becker waits as a pitch comes in against Davenport (Mich.) University on Feb. 25, 2014, at the NTC Softball Complex in Clermont, Fla.
Shortstop Therese Becker waits as a pitch comes in against Davenport (Mich.) University on Feb. 25, 2014, at the NTC Softball Complex in Clermont, Fla.

GAMBIER, Ohio – Capital University's softball team had a strong day at the plate against the Kenyon College Ladies. In game one, Capital grabbed the lead early as Kenyon struggled to find offensive success. A pair of home runs decided game two, eracing a Capital deficit.

Game 1: Capital 7, Kenyon 1

Capital (18-18) took control in the top of the second, with three-straight hits beginning with Marisa Koss (Ostrander, Ohio) hitting a single on her first at-bat. Following a base hit by Katie Hurst (Macedonia, Ohio), Therese Becker (South Euclid, Ohio) singled up the middle for an RBI that scored Koss from third. When Brooklyn Staten (Grove City, Ohio) followed the score by getting on base due to an error by Kenyon's (15-20-1) third baseman. The error sent Hurst in for Capital's second run of the game.

The inning was capped off by Chevy Hayslett (Miamisburg, Ohio), who hit a two-RBI single that scored Becker and Staten.

Sophomore pitcher Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Pa.) backed by solid defensive play, held the Ladies to a single run the rest of the contest. While Capital added three more, including two in the sixth, scored by Staten and Brooke Hokes (Powell, Ohio).

The Crusaders out-hit the Ladies, 10-7, also boasting five RBIs. Four Crusaders finished with two hits, including Pam Vickers (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) who went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run and an RBI.

Martinelli struck out two batters on her way to picking up her 11th win of the season.

Game 2: Capital 8, Kenyon 5

Kenyon took the lead for the first time in the opening stanza but it was quickly erased in the second inning with a double from Kristen Mellott (Clear Spring, Md.) that scored Becker and Staten.

The Crusaders appeared to have the game in control after putting two runs on the board in the sixth inning. Kenyon orchestrated a comeback with back-to-back doubles by Amanda Coyle and Jane Ghublikian that contributed to a four-run inning.

Facing a 5-4 deficit in the top of the seventh with Koss on second base, Becker stepped to the plate and hit her first-career home run, putting the Crusaders ahead 6-5. Two at-bats later, Capital received another two-RBI homer from Mellott to score the final runs of the game.

As a team, the Crusaders recorded a season-high 16 hits.

Freshman pitcher Stephanie Hunter (Chardon, Ohio) earned the first win of her career.

Capital will face Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio for its final doubleheader of the season on Saturday, April 30. Game one will begin at 1 p.m.