SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Capital University Softball was shut out twice on their trip to Wittenberg University on Thursday afternoon. The Purple and White lost by scores of 2-0 and 3-0 on a day in which they were held to two total hits and were victims of a perfect game tossed by Wittenberg in game two.
GAME 1 – Capital 0, Wittenberg 2
Capital was held to just two hits and four base runners over the course of the game against Wittenberg starting pitcher Chelsea Zang (7-1). Capital went down in order three different times and hit into a double play once to send just three to the plate in four different innings.
Despite the offensive struggles, senior Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) kept the Crusaders in the game by not surrendering a run after Wittenberg's two-run first inning. The Tigers did put runners in scoring position in three of the next six frames, but Martinelli and the defense stranded a total of eight runners to keep their opponent close.
Heading into the top of the seventh, Capital placed the game-tying run at the plate with one out. Freshman Emily Cantley reached base via an error but was retired by way of a fielder's choice. With senior Sarah Jasinski at first, she advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch with two outs. Martinelli stepped to the plate, the owner of one of Capital's two hits, but was unable to find a hole. She grounded out to first base to end the game.
Wittenberg's runs came from two walks in the first inning that preceded a two-run single to right field by Zang. Zang went on to continue her success in the circle with her seventh win of the season. She went seven innings, struck out four, walked zero, and gave up just two hits.
GAME 2 – Capital 0, Wittenberg 3
While it may not have come easy, Wittenberg went 21 up, 21 down and recorded a perfect game against Capital in game number two of Thursday's doubleheader. The Tigers' Abby Haab (4-3) had a historic outing by striking out six Crusaders, inducing six ground outs and nine fly outs while not allowing a base runner during the entire game.
The Tigers scored one run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings of their victory. Haab helped her own cause by driving in the team's first run by way of a sacrifice fly out. An error in the fifth inning put a runner on base and despite cutting down a run at the plate for the second out following a single to right, the next batter doubled in one run to make the deficit 2-0. A single and a wild pitch set up Wittenberg's final run to be scored via a single to left field.
Freshman Kayla Wild (Brooklyn, Mich./Tecumseh) earned the start and game two and cruised through her first three innings of work. In that time, she allowed just one hit and struck out four, two in the second and two in the third inning. She finished with four strikeouts and just one walk with her three runs allowed off seven hits.
Capital will kick off its OAC schedule on Saturday when they travel to John Carroll University for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Weather forecasts are not favorable for the weekend, so visit athletics.capital.edu or follow us on Twitter (@CapCrusaders) for updates on game statuses.