BETHANY, W.Va. – Capital University Softball took one of two while on its road trip to Bethany College (W.Va.) on Monday night. Cap's offense struggled in game one, leading to 4-0 loss. The team rebounded and rallied behind Kayla Wild's solid performance in the circle, leading to a 6-1 victory in the nightcap. Capital is now 10-6 overall as they head into their OAC opener against John Carroll University on Tuesday afternoon.
GAME 1 – Capital 0, Bethany 4
Bethany starting pitcher Cassie Weiss (W, 5-4) held the Crusaders to just four hits and struck out five hitters over her seven innings of work. She also benefitted from her defense turning a pair of double plays to quell a pair of Capital threats.
The Bison posted two in the opening frame, using an error on an attempted sacrifice to post the game's first run. A double off of Capital pitcher Amber Martinelli (L, 6-3) made for a 2-0 score. The hosts added one more run in the second inning by way of a fielder's choice with runners on the corners.
Capital's offensive struggles led to its third straight loss by shutout, but the offense woke up for game two and get a supplement of strong pitching.
GAME 2 – Capital 6, Bethany 1
Five of Capital's nine total hits came in its explosive five-run sixth inning, which led to a 6-1 victory over the Bison. Freshman Kayla Wild (Brooklyn, Mich./Tecumseh) had the best outing of her young career to supplement the offense's turnaround.
Wild (W, 3-1) retired the first six Bethany batters in succession before allowing the first Bison base runner. With runners on second and third, junior shortstop Pam Vickers fielded a ground ball and came up quick with a strong toss to catcher Chevonne Hayslett, who applied the tag to retire the lead runner. Wild then forced the next batter to pop out to Kristen Mellott at third to end the inning without a run scored.
The Crusaders got out of another jam in the bottom of the fifth when with two runners on and two outs, she induced a ground out to Mellott to end the inning.
Capital began its big offensive inning with a double by senior Marisa Koss (Ostrander, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) and a sacrifice to push her to third. Senior Sarah Jasinski (Englewood, Ohio/Northmont) dropped a bunt down the third base side, but a throwing error to home by the third baseman allowed a run to score and Jasinksi to advance to second. Mellott singled to put runners on the corners, setting up a run-scoring ground out by Hayslett.
Capital loaded the bases with a walk and an infield single, setting the table for freshman Morgan Fadel (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksview-Broadview). Fadel drove a single through the right side of the infield, scoring two more runs to make the score 5-1. Junior Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio/Crestview) added to the lead with a two-out, run-scoring double to left field.
Bethany's lone run of the game came when Kayla Dinsmore singled home Sammie Weiss. The run went unearned since Weiss advance to second on a field error that accompanied her leadoff single.
Wild then breezed through the seventh inning, retiring the side in order for her third win of the season and her first resulting from her own start. She finished with three strikeouts and one unearned run on four Bethany hits.
Fadel and Koss went 2-for-4 at the plate, while Fadel recorded two RBIs. Mellott and Vickers went 2-for-3, and each scored one run.
Cap will jump back into action on Tuesday afternoon to open its OAC schedule against John Carroll. The doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played over the weekend, but weather prevented the field to be ready to be played. Live stats and video will be made available for both games.