HANOVER, Ind. – Capital University Softball played and won its first games following its trip to Florida, taking two from Hanover College (Ind.) on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders defeated the Panthers by scores of 10-4 and 7-6 to improve their overall record to 8-2. They will now prep for a quick turnaround and play Franklin College in a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. Katherine Boyer posted five hits and four RBIs to lead the Purple and White in Saturday's action.
GAME 1 – Capital 10, Hanover 4
The middle of the Capital lineup had a solid performance in game one, accounting for four runs scored and seven runs batted in. Senior Katherine Boyer (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) had a three-hit game and got the scoring going in the first inning.
Freshman Morgan Fadel (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksview) began the inning with an infield single before Hanover starting pitcher Sydeney Griffin loaded the bases with a walk and a hit batter. Boyer then stepped to the plate and cleared the bases with a two-out, three-run double to left center field. Hanover chipped into the lead in the bottom of the second, but Capital went back to work in the middle frames to extend its lead.
In the top of the third, Capital, again, put the leadoff runner on with an infield single. Junior Haleigh Luce then cranked her second home run of the season to add two more runs to Cap's total.
While run-scoring hits by Hanover's Dabney Skutt and Tori Luster negated the damage, the Crusaders scored three more times in the fourth to leap back into a commanding lead, 8-3. Capital mounted a two-out rally, which started when Marisa Koss walked to keep the inning going. Koss and junior Pam Vickers then scored when Kristen Mellott (Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring) doubled to deep center field. Senior Sarah Jasinski (Englewood, Ohio/Northmont) brought Mellott home to score on a single to center, though the inning ended when she was thrown out at second trying to advance on a cut throw to the plate.
Hanover added one more run on a solo home run hit by Mikala Poe, but responded in the top of the fifth with two more runs to account for the remaining runs. Following back-to-back singles by Boyer and Luce, Fadel cranked a two-run double to center which scored both runners. Freshman Hannah Martin came in to pinch run for Boyer prior to the run-scoring hit.
Senior Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) went all seven innings to earn her fifth win of the season, improving her overall record to 5-1. Hanover's Griffin (3-3) earned the loss after surrendering eight runs on eight hits.
The four through six hitters of the Capital lineup, which included Mellott, Jasinski and Boyer, went a combined 7-for-12 (.583) and recorded seven RBIs. Luce finished with a 2-for-4 game that also included two runs scored and two RBIs. Fadel's game included two hits and two RBIs, as well.
GAME 2 – Capital 7, Hanover 6
Capital was well on its way to sweeping the Panthers with ease, but Hanover made things interesting in the final frame. Martinelli was called to make an emergency relief appearance and shut the door on the comeback attempt. Capital defeated Hanover, 7-6, to complete the sweep and improve to 8-2 overall.
With the score 7-2 in the seventh, three of the first four batters recorded hits and all reached safely. Freshman Kayla Wild was in her fourth inning of relief and did record two outs in the inning. Hanover scored three runs by that time with thanks to a pair of extra base hits by Ashley Guthrie and Ashleigh Donnell, plus a two-run single by Tori Luster. Lillian Hughes posted another double, which scored one run and made for a one-run game and prompted a call to the Capital bullpen. Martinelli entered and shut down Carlie Roark, forcing Roark to ground out to Martinelli in the circle for the final out of the game.
Martinelli earned the save, the second of her career.
Capital put up one run in each of the first four innings to come out with a 4-2 lead heading to the midway point of the game. Junior Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio/Crestview) hit her second home run of the year in the first inning, a solo shot, to get Capital on the board. After Hanover scored twice in the home half of the second inning, Capital responded in the second when Vickers recorded a run-scoring single to tie the game, 2-2. The Crusaders retook the lead when Boyer recorded her second run-scoring hit of the day, a single down the left field line, to score Marissa Koss from third. Walter recorded her second RBI of the game on a ground out to second base, scoring Chevonne Hayslett.
Hanover kept Capital off the board in the fifth, but that was remedied by a three-run sixth inning. Walter again answered the call with a single that scored Hayslett. Koss replicated that effort with an RBI single up the middle that scored two runs, making the difference in the game.
Koss rebounded from a hitless game one with a 3-for-4 effort and two RBIs in game two. Capital, as a team, posted 13 hits from seven different players, with five recording multiple hits. Wild earned the win, her second of the season. Sophomore Brianna Reardon started the game, went 3.2 innings and surrendered just two runs on nine hits.
Capital (8-2) will return to the field on Sunday for a doubleheader against the Franklin College Grizzlies. First pitch of game one will take place at 12:30 p.m.