Capital Knocks Off Waynesburg, But Stumbles Against Augustana

Photo Credit: Joe Maiorana
Photo Credit: Joe Maiorana

CLERMONT, Fla. – The Capital University softball team took to the diamond for day three of its Florida trip. Cap dominated Waynesburg University, 11-4, in game one, but lost to Augustana College, 1-0.

Game 1 – Capital 11, Waynesburg 4

Freshman Morgan Fadel (Broadview Heights, Ohio / Brecksview-Broadview) led the game off with a single to left field. After Fadel stole second base, senior Marisa Koss (Ostrander, Ohio / Buckeye Valley) singled to center field. Sophomore Kristen Mellott (Clear Spring, Md. / Clear Spring) ripped a pitch down the left field line and made its way all the way to the fence, which scored Koss. Mellott hustled around the bases and scored for an inside-the-park home run, the first of her career and second home run of her career.

Senior Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Pa. / Hampton) got the start in the circle for the Crusaders and sat the Yellow Jackets down in order in the bottom half of the first.

With two outs in the top of the second, junior Pam Vickers (Sagamore Hills, Ohio / Nordonia) singled up the middle and then stole second. Fadel doubled through the left side, which allowed Vickers to score. Capital led 4-0 as the game went to the bottom of the second.

Waynesburg got on the board in the home half of the second when Courtney Messenger doubled to right center and scored Cheyenne Wasko.

Koss led the top of the third off with a solo blast to left field, putting Cap back up by four, 5-1. Senior Sarah Jasinski (Englewood, Ohio / Northmont) recorded a one-out double down the right field line. Junior Haleigh Luce (Greenville, Ohio / Greenville) singled to left field, which allowed Jasinski to score from second. Vickers then singled to right field to bring in Luce from second. Capital led 7-1 after three innings.

In the top half of the sixth inning, Vickers ripped one to center for a one-out single. Fadel hit a hard liner at the second baseman for a single. The Yellow Jackets second baseman could not make the diving stop. Junior Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio / Crestview) drove in two runs on a single. Mellott drove in two more runs with a single to center field. Cap extended its lead to 11-1 heading into the home half of the sixth.

Waynesburg tallied three runs on three hits in the bottom of the sixth to prevent the run rule.

Martinelli picked up her third win of the season and improved to 3-0 on the year. Martinelli went five innings and scattered five hits while surrendering only one run.

The Capital offense picked up where Tuesday's games left off, with 16 hits and 11 runs in the game. Fadel, Jasinski, and Vickers each stole a base.

Game 2 – Augustana 1, Capital 0

Martinelli got the start on the mound for Cap in game two. In the first inning, Martinelli closed the door on the Vikings after a leadoff triple. In the top of the fourth inning, Augustana had runners on second and third, before Martinelli recorded a strikeout and the she caught a pop up to end the inning.

Koss drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Then Mellott put down a sac bunt and with heads up base running, Koss went from first to third. Koss was stranded on third, after a strike out and a fly out to the first baseman in foul territory.

In the bottom of the fifth, sophomore Chevonne Hayslett (Miamisburg, Ohio / Miamisburg East) drew a walk. Junior Sarah Stafford (Fairview Park, Ohio / Fairview) came in to pinch run for Hayslett. Luce put down a sac bunt and allowed Stafford to advance to second. Stafford then advanced to third on a wild pitch, but was unable to score.

With two outs in the top of the sixth, Augustana's Kelsey Heiland singled to right field. Shelby Grandt tried to score from second, but Luce had other ideas and put a throw on the money. Grandt slid too far outside and missed the plate as Hayslett dove towards the back side of the plate to tag Grandt before she could score.

The game remained scoreless through seven complete innings. In extra innings a runner, the last recorded out in the previous inning, is placed on second to start the inning. Alaina Hofmann doubled to left center and scored Grandt, who was placed on second. Cap got out of the inning without surrendering another run.

In the home half of the inning, Fadel was placed on second. With one out, Koss laid down a sac bunt and Fadel tried to score from second. Fadel got into a rundown and was eventually tagged out by the catcher after two throws.

Despite being no-hit by Hoffman, Capital managed to draw seven walks for the game.

With the two game split, Capital now sits with a 4-2 record. The Crusaders return to action tomorrow as they take on the Highlanders of Houghton College at 2 p.m. and the Knights of Neumann University at 4:30 p.m.