CLERMONT, Fla. – The Capital University softball team opened its season today with a shutout victory over Neumann University in the first game. Cap fell in the second game to No. 10 Alma College.
Game 1 – Capital 1, Neumann 0
In the home half of the seventh inning, freshman Morgan Fadel (Broadview Heights, Ohio / Brecksview-Broadview) led off with a walk. Senior Natalie Mabry (Grove City, Ohio / Grove City) pinch hit for Capital. Mabry laid down a sac bunt to move Fadel to second. Neumann's first baseman tried to throw behind Fadel to catch her rounding the bag; however, the throw sailed into left field which allowed Fadel to come all the way home and score to end the game.
Senior Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Pa. / Hampton) got the start in game one for the Crusaders. In the first inning Martinelli got out of the inning stranding two Knight base runners. Martinelli went three up three down in the top half of the second. Neumann managed to get a runner to third base in the top of the third inning, but Martinelli slammed the door by fielding a groundball and throwing the batter out at first.
Senior Sarah Jasinski (Englewood, Ohio / Northmont) recorded a single to center field with one out in the bottom of the home half of the third.
The Knights stranded nine base runners, while the Crusaders stranded one. Martinelli picked up her first win of the season and started the season with a 1-0 record.
Game 2 – No. 10 Alma 11, Capital 0
Jasinski led off game two for the Crusaders by recording a one out single to the shortstop. Fadel laid down a sacrifice bunt which moved Jasinski to second.
In the home half of the first inning, the Scots started with a walk, followed by a Chelsea Schweiger triple that scored Anna Couture. The next play, senior Marisa Koss (Ostrander, Ohio / Buckeye Valley) fielded a groundball and threw out the runner trying to score. Alma took a 1-0 lead after the first full inning of play.
In the bottom of the second, Alma exploded for 10 runs on nine hits to take an 11-0 lead into the third inning.
Junior Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio / Crestview) recorded a two out single. Sophomore Brianna Reardon (Fremont, Ohio / St. Joseph Central Catholic), who closed out the second inning in the pitcher's circle, sat the Scots down in order in the bottom of the third inning.
Fadel started the top of the fourth inning with a single through the right side and then stole second. Koss was then hit by a pitch. Fadel and Koss would move up a base on a groundout to give Capital two runners in scoring positon with one out.
Alma recorded 12 hits that scored 11 runs. Cap picked up three hits in game two.
The Crusaders tallied a 1-1 record on day one in Florida. Capital returns to action tomorrow with another doubleheader. Game one is at 9 a.m. against Milwaukee School of Engineering and game two is against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology at 11:30 a.m.