WILMINGTON, Ohio –Kristen Mellott posted four hits over the course of the day, while Kayla Wild tossed her second straight complete game shutout in Capital University Softball's split with Wilmington College on Saturday afternoon. Wilmington took game one, 6-4, while Cap rebounded with a 5-0 win in game two.
GAME 1 – Capital 4, Wilmington 6
Errors plagued Capital and ultimately cost the Purple and White a victory in game one. Capital had a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth, but three errors allowed the Fightin' Quakers to post four runs and take the lead back for good.
The bottom of the fourth inning began with a bunt single and the following batter reached base on a fielder's choice and a throwing error, placing two runners on. Both runners moved into scoring position following a wild pitch by Capital starter Amber Martinelli, but the senior struck out two hitters swinging to put two outs on the board. Savannah Hooper hit an infield single, which scored one run but an error on the play allowed the tying run to score, as well. Grace Yoder followed up by reaching on a throwing error by Kristen Mellott at third base, allowing the go-ahead run to score. Wilmington added one more run on an RBI single by Jillia Cook before the final out was recorded in the inning.
Capital threatened in the top of the sixth when freshman Morgan Fadel doubled to right center field with two outs, but Becca Carpenter induced a ground out to end the inning. Carpenter then posted a one-two-three seventh with the heart of the order up for Capital.
The Purple and White got on the board first when a sacrifice fly by Mellott and a run-scoring single by senior Sarah Jasinski (Englewood, Ohio/Northmont) put them up, 2-0. Back-to-back singles by Katherine Boyer and Haleigh Luce set up a costly error by Wilmington which allowed both runners to score and give Cap a 4-2 lead, at the time.
Jasinski went 2-for-3 with one run batted in, and Mellott equaled that line. Capital sprinkled nine hits over seven innings, but stranded seven runners over the course of the game, four in scoring position.
GAME 2 – Capital 5, Wilmington 0
Capital rebounded in game two and rallied behind freshman pitcher Kayla Wild (Brooklyn, Mich./Tecumseh) for a 5-0 win over the hosts. Wild was locked in and tossed her second straight complete game shutout.
Wild (W, 4-1) surrendered just two hits and allowed only three base runners in the win. She went on to retire the final eight batters of the game in succession, including her lone strikeout victim. She did not surrender a hit over her final 14 batters faced.
For the second time in the day, Capital posted the game's first runs in the opening inning, this time against Mariyah Burkhardt. Senior Marissa Koss (Ostrander, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) posted the first of her two hits with a single through the right side and was the first of three straight hits for the Crusaders in the inning. The third, hit by Jasinski, scored Koss to give Cap a 1-0 lead. Cap added a second run when Wild scored on an error by the Wilmington first baseman in the second inning.
Koss came back to the plate in the seventh with two runners on following an error and a single that placed Pam Vickers and Morgan Fadel on base. Koss then launched her third home run of the season over the left field fence to give Cap three more runs and a 5-0 lead.
Koss finished game two 2-for-4 with three RBIs at the plate and three total hits on the day.
Bailey Walter and Mellott also finished with two hits, which led the two through four hitters to end the day a combined 6-for-11 at the plate.
Capital is now 3-1 in OAC play and will take a 13-7 overall record into Sunday's nonconference doubleheader with Kenyon College. The Crusaders and Ladies will begin play at Clowson Field at 2 p.m.