COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University Softball sported a storm of runs in its sweep of Kenyon College on Sunday afternoon. The Crusaders scored 18 runs in its doubleheader against the Ladies and took away two wins to improve their overall record to 15-7. Pam Vickers and Katherine Boyer paced Cap's bats with four hit each, while Amber Martinelli got in a groove and tossed a one-hitter in the nightcap.
GAME 1 – Kenyon 5, Capital 10
Junior Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio/Crestview) had a solid game one in which she went 3-for-3 and drove in three of Cap's 10 runs on the day. Senior Katherine Boyer (Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne) joined her with three hits and drove in two runs to pace the offense in a game it scored the most runs in nearly one month.
Capital fell behind early after a few untimely walks put Kenyon in a position to drive home two runs in the top of the first.
Capital responded in a big way in the home half of the third inning with four runs. Junior Pam Vickers (Sagamore Hills, Ohio/Nordonia) led the inning off with an infield single. Freshman Morgan Fadel (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksview-Broadview) attempted to advance her with a sacrifice bunt, but an errant throw by Kenyon third baseman Madi Maldonado allowed her to remain on base and put Vickers on third. Walter singled to score Vickers, and was followed with two more singles by Marissa Koss and Kristen Mellott. Mellott's base knock to right field tied the game at 2-2, but the inning was far from over.
With the bases loaded, Sarah Jasinski popped up to the second baseman and Mellott was doubled up at first base on the play. With two down, Boyer blasted a two-out, two-run double to left center field, clearing the bases and giving Capital a 4-2 lead.
Cap added two more runs in the next inning when Vickers again led the inning off with a single, which served as the first of three straight hits for the Purple and White. Fadel followed with another single, setting up Walter's RBI double to plate Cap's fifth run. A wild pitch advanced Walter to third, just before a liner off of the pitcher's glove allowed her to score and put Cap up, 7-2.
Kenyon climbed back into the game with a three-run home run to left center field in the bottom of the fifth, hit by the Ladies' Grace Pilz. Capital retaliated with three runs in the bottom of the fifth, nullifying the progress made by its guests.
Boyer led off the inning with a double that bounced off the right field wall and served as the first of four straight hits by the Crusaders. Senior Natalie Mabry (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City) entered the game as a pinch hitter and ripped a single to left field to score Cap's first run of the inning. Vickers put down her third hit of the game prior to a big double play turned by Kenyon with the bases loaded. Walter answered the call with a two-out RBI single, plus Cap added another run via a wild pitch to bring the score to 10-5.
Freshman Kayla Wild (Brooklyn, Mich./Tecumseh) struggled finding the strike zone in the first inning, which led to a pair of walks that resulted in two runs being scored. Her only other blemish was the home run allowed. She finished with three strikeouts and five walks, but collected her sixth win of the season.
GAME 2 – Kenyon 0, Capital 8 (F/6)
Senior Amber Martinelli (Alison Park, Pa./Hampton) had her best outing of the season against a team that entered the day averaging six runs per game with a power-driven lineup. Those facts did not deter Cap's most experienced pitcher, as proven by her one-hitter in game two.
Martinelli sat down the Ladies in order in each of the first three innings and struck out three batters in the process. The only two base runners she allowed came in the fourth inning behind a walk and double, but she retired the next three batters in a row with two ground outs and a pop out to retire Kenyon without allowing a run to score. Martinelli went on to retired the last nine hitters in succession before the game was called due to the mercy rule.
Capital rattled out six of its eight runs in the bottom of the second inning with help from a pair of Kenyon errors but also five hits in the inning. The stanza began with a ball hit into the dirt right in front of home plate, but Kenyon catcher Nicole Horita's throw was wide of the bag and skimmed off the first baseman's glove allowing Jasinski to remain on base. Boyer and Chevonne Hayslett then singled, back-to-back, with the latter hit scoring the speedy Jasinski.
With bases loaded, Martinelli came up and grounded sharply back to the circle where Austen Whibley snared the ball with her glove, but her throw was off the mark and went to the backstop and allowed a run to score and the inning to continue. Morgan Fadel singled home another run, followed by RBI singles by Koss and Jasinski once the lineup turned over.
In the bottom of the sixth, Capital delivered the final blow to end the game one inning early. Up 6-0, the bottom of the lineup got things going with a leadoff double to deep right field by Martinelli followed by an infield single by Vickers. Martinelli scored while a miscue by Kenyon shortstop Amanda Coyle occurred but Vickers scored the final run via a wild pitch by Whibley.
In six innings, Martinelli (W, 8-4) struck out four and walked one while allowing just one hit through 20 batters faced.
Capital eight runs were scored on seven total hits, which were hit by seven different players. They were also aided by a total of four Kenyon errors.
Walter finished the day with four RBIs and combined to hit 3-for-6 with two sacrifices, three runs scored, and one stolen base. Vickers posted four hits in six at bats and scored five times. Two of Boyer's four total hits were doubles, and she finished with two RBIs as well.
Sunday's doubleheader was the first of eight straight home games for the Crusaders. They will next host Heidelberg University on Wednesday, April 5 at 3 p.m. at Clowson Field.