COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Softball was held to just two runs on Friday afternoon, leading to a pair of losses to the University of Mount Union. The Purple Raiders defeated Capital by scores of 2-1 and 5-1 at Clowson Field.
GAME 1 – Mount Union 2, Capital 1
Despite being able to plate just one run in the first game, Capital put a pair of runners on the base paths in each of the first three innings. Cap was unable to bring those runners around score, and the team stranded a total of nine in the game.
Mount Union took a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning, where Capital attempted a comeback. Freshman Emily Cantley drew a walk when pinch hitting with one out, and later scored on the second wild pitch of the inning. Following Kristen Mellott's single to right field, pinch runner Hannah Martin was left in scoring position when Marissa Koss struck out to end the game.
Jordan Kramer put Mount's first run on the board with a one-out single and then stole two bases to get to third. Emily Hume beat out a slow roller to short, allowing Kramer to score and give them a 1-0 lead. The game-winning run was scored in the seventh when Kramer singled to the third base side, allowing leadoff hitter Brooke Cox to score.
Despite taking the loss, senior Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Pa./Hampton) had a successful day in the circle. Over her seven innings of work, she allowed two runs on nine hits and struck out three hitters. She is now 10-7, overall.
Cap was limited to just three base hits on the day, each recorded by a different Crusader.
GAME 2 – Mount Union 5, Capital 1
Capital improved its offense from game one by recording eight hits against Mount Union pitcher Hannah Reusser. However, Capital had to work from behind after falling in a hole, 4-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning.
Mount Union struck first and knocked out freshman pitcher Kayla Wild after recording just two outs and allowing two runs. Morgan Riley hit a two-run home run to put the Purple Raiders on top before sophomore Breanna Reardon (Fremont, Ohio/St. Joseph Central Catholic) came in to calm the waters. Mount Union went on to score one run in the second and third innings, though only one of those runs were earned.
After being retired in order in the first and second innings, Cap posted its first run in the third with help from a Mount Union error. Haleigh Luce singled through the right side and later advanced on an error in the field. Mount attempted to turn a double play but Bailey Walter beat out the throw. While that play was going on, Luce scored from third to trim the lead to 4-1.
Capital was unable to score again, stranding five runners between innings four through seven, two of those in scoring position. Reusser went on earn the win while striking out three.
Reardon went a career-long 6.1 innings and gave up three runs, two of those earned. Wild took the loss, taking her record to 7-3 overall.
Capital will be back in action with a doubleheader at home against Denison University on Monday, April 17. Games will begin at 3 p.m. Capital is now 18-12 overall, and 6-6 in Ohio Athletic Conference play.