Softball Splits with Ohio Northern in Season Finale

Photo by Jeff Mills
Photo by Jeff Mills
ADA, OHIO – Capital University's softball team split in its season finale against the Ohio Northern Polar Bears. Early success helped the Crusaders escape with a narrow 3-2 victory in game one. Game two was cut short by weather, ending in five innings, but the Polar Bears were in control after starting the game with a five-run inning.

Game 1- Capital 3, Ohio Northern 2

Capital (19-19, 8-10 OAC) struck first when Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio) scored on a wild pitch after leading off with a triple to left field.

The Crusaders scored in similar fashion, on wild pitches, in the third and fourth innings. The runs were scored by Sarah Jasinski (Englewood, Ohio) and Marisa Koss (Ostrander, Ohio).

Ohio Northern (23-17, 11-7) scored runs in the fourth and sixth stanzas but the Crusader defense fended off the Polar Bears to preserve the 3-2 victory.

Both squads finished the game with six hits. Walter led the Crusaders with two while Ohio Northern's Megan Hupp and Amanda Lahti also led their team with two apiece.

Tessa Topp and Laura Burden recorded the game's only RBIs for the Polar Bears.

Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Pa.) received the win at pitcher, increasing her record to 12-7 on the season. The junior registered four strikeouts.

Game 2- Capital 2, Ohio Northern 7

The Polar Bears quickly built a large lead, scoring five runs in the first inning. Doubles by Kylie Asmus and Gia Saturday highlighted Ohio Northern's explosion.

Facing a 7-0 deficit, the Crusaders managed to get on the board after an error by the Ohio Northern pitcher on a ball that was hit by sophomore short stop Pam Vickers (Sagamore Hills, Ohio). Walter and Jasinski score Capital's only runs.

Following a delay, the game was called due to weather.

Solid defense and consistent pitching held the Crusaders to just one hit.

Capital ends the season with an even 19-19 overall record. In conference play, the Crusaders finished 8-10.