CLERMONT, Fla. – The Capital University softball team took to the dirt for the last time in Florida. In the first game, Cap defeated Houghton College, 10-1 in five innings and in game two Capital defeated Neumann University for the second time this trip, 11-2, in six innings. Three homeruns were hit on the day.
Game 1 – Capital 10, Houghton 1
Junior Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio / Crestview) picked up the first hit of the game with a one-out single to center field. The game was scoreless through two innings of play.
In the top of the third, junior Pam Vickers (Sagamore Hills, Ohio / Nordonia) led the inning off with a single up the middle and then stole second base. Freshman Morgan Fadel (Broadview Heights, Ohio / Brecksview-Broadview) followed up with a single of her own. Walter drove in Vickers with an RBI single through the right side. With runners on second and third, senior Sarah Jasinski (Englewood, Ohio / Northmont) ripped one to right field, which allowed Fadel and Walter to score. Cap took a 3-0 lead.
In the home half of the third inning, T. Sile recorded an RBI single to left field that cut the Capital lead to 3-1 after three innings of play. Jasinski made a spectacular diving catch to prevent Houghton from scoring more runs.
Freshman Cory Mangen (Clayton, Ohio / Northmont) started the top of the fourth with a single to the shortstop. Junior Haleigh Luce (Greenville, Ohio / Greenville) launched a pitch to deep right center field for a two-run homerun. Vickers then singled and stole second, before Fadel doubled to right field which scored Vickers. Senior Marisa Koss (Ostrander, Ohio / Buckeye Valley) grounded out to second, but Fadel scored from third. Capital held a 7-1 lead after four innings of play.
In the top of the fifth, Mangen and Luce both reached base safely. Vickers then singled to right field to score Mangen from second. Fadel then singled to center, which allowed Vickers and Luce to score.
Houghton was unable to score to prevent the run rule.
Sophomore Brianna Reardon (Fremont, Ohio / St. Joseph Central Catholic) picked up her first win of the season. Reardon went five innings, scattered six hits, and struck out one batter.
Game 2 – Capital 11, Neumann 2
The Crusaders continued to hit in game two. Fadel led the home half of the first with a single to center. Koss then blasted one to right center for an opposite field homerun, which scored two. Cap held an early 2-0 lead after one inning of play.
In the bottom of the second inning, Vickers singled on a hard liner to the second baseman who could not make the diving play. Two batters later, Walter turned on an inside pitch and absolutely crushed a no doubter to right field for a two-run homer. Sophomore Kristen Mellott (Clear Spring, Md. / Clear Spring) lined one to center field for an RBI single to give Cap a 5-0 lead as two innings of play were completed.
Neumann finally got on the board with two runs in the top of the fifth to cut the Capital lead to 5-2.
Senior Katherine Boyer (Huber Heights, Ohio / Wayne) laid down a sacrifice bunt which allowed Jasinski to advance to third. The second baseman tried to throw Jasinski out at third, but threw it into left field which made it easy for Jasinski to score. Cap held a 6-2 advantage after five innings.
After back-to-back singles by Vickers and Fadel, Walter drew a walk to load the bases for Capital. Koss ripped one into right field for an RBI single that scored Vickers. Mellott was the next batter and was hit by a pitch, but was rewarded with an RBI when Fadel scored. Boyer then produced a sacrifice fly to left field, allowing Koss to tag up and score. Luce then ended the game with a single down the left field line that plated Jasinski and junior Sarah Stafford (Fairview Park, Ohio / Fairview), who came into to pinch run, to put the run rule in effect. The Crusaders won 11-2.
Senior Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Pa. / Hampton) earned the win in the circle for Cap. With the win, Martinelli improved to 4-1 on the season. In her six innings of work, she gave up seven hits, but only one earned run.
With the victory, Capital finished the Florida trip with a record of 6-2. The Crusaders will be at home for the next contest, as they host Bluffton University for the home opener on Wednesday, March 15. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.