FRANKLIN, Ind. – On short rest, Capital University Softball engaged in its second doubleheader of the weekend in Indiana when visiting Franklin College on Sunday afternoon. The Purple and White split Sunday's series in a pair of close, low-scoring games. Capital defeated Franklin in game one, 4-2, but fell in a seventh-inning comeback by the Grizzlies, 4-3. Bailey Walter finished the day going 3-for-6 with two RBIs at the plate.
GAME 1 – Capital 4, Franklin (Ind.) 2
Outside of a two-run second inning, senior pitcher Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) had another solid outing and picked up her second win of the weekend while improving her overall record to 6-1.
Aggressive base running by Capital freshman Morgan Fadel (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville) helped the Crusaders jump ahead in the top of the first inning. After singling to right to lead off the game, Fadel advanced to second on a short ground out and then stole third base. Marisa Koss drove her home with another groundout, but Fadel gained a good jump and scored from third.
Franklin tied the game in the second inning and recorded half of its eight hits in that frame. Lauren Huebler drove home one run on a run-scoring single with runners on the corners. With two outs, Monica Collins tied the game with a single and a Capital error allowed the second run to cross the plate.
After score third and fourth innings, Capital painted the scoreboard with one run in the fifth and sixth innings. Capital regained the lead when junior Pam Vickers scored from second on a double by sophomore Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio/Crestview). Hayslett added one more with a clutch two-out, RBI single to left, scoring pinch runner Hannah Martin.
Martinelli got out of a jam in the sixth inning, stranding Franklin runners on second and third. The senior then induced three groundouts in the seventh to close the game out for a 4-2 win.
Walter and Hayslett each finished with two hits, each, and combined for three RBIs. Capital eight, nine, one, and two hitters recorded six of the team's eight hits against Franklin pitcher Olivia Paszek.
GAME 2 – Capital 3, Franklin (Ind.) 4
Capital was in line for their second sweep of the weekend, but Franklin mounted a rally in which they overcame a one-run deficit to steal a 4-3 victory away.
Martinelli was working her second inning of relief for starter Steph Hunter, but Franklin had greater success this time around. Franklin put the tying run in scoring position thanks to a leadoff single and a passed ball before Jessica Thom delivered a double to tie the game, 3-3. Sara Thom single put runners on the corners. Shelby Mager stepped to the plate with two outs and delivered a walk-off single to score the game-winning run.
Capital had a 3-0 lead heading into the sixth inning. An error in the fourth benefited Cap when Koss reached on a miscue by Franklin second baseman Shelby Mager and later came around to score on a Sarah Jasinski single.
Luce led the fifth inning off with a double, but was cut down at the plate on a grounder to short. Vickers, who hit into the fielder's choice, and Fadel found themselves in scoring position when Walter boomed a two-run double to put Capital up by three.
Franklin put up two runs in the bottom of the sixth when Hunter allowed three base hits and surrendered a wild pitch. Martinelli came in with one out in the inning and retired the next two batters to quell the threat.
Capital spread out eight hits over seven inning with Jasinski and Luce recording two, each. Walter had two RBIs to lead in that category. She finished with three total on the day.
Capital's next games will be a doubleheader at Wittenberg University on Thursday, March 23. First pitch between the Crusaders and Tigers is set for 3 p.m. It will be the last nonconference games before the start of the conference schedule, which begins with a doubleheader at John Carroll University on Saturday, March 25.