MARIETTA, Ohio – Looking to break a streak of four straight losses, Capital University Softball did that and more with two wins against Marietta College on Wednesday afternoon. Capital first demonstrated its ability to finish a close game with its 6-5 game one win, and then blew through the Pioneers in game two with a 12-2 five-inning victory.
GAME 1 – Capital 6, Marietta 5
Capital got on the board early with two runs in the first inning. Junior Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio/Crestview) led the game off with a single and was followed by senior Marisa Koss reaching base on a Marietta error. Sophomore Kristen Mellott (Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring) promptly drove both runners in with a double to deep center field.
Two innings later, Cap added another pair of runs, again from the top of the order. Walter led the inning off with her fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to center field. Koss then singled and Marietta hurler walked the bases loaded leading up to senior Sarah Jasinski's sacrifice fly ball that drove home one run.
Capital increased its 4-0 lead by one more run with Koss' second single of the game, this time scoring Sarah Jasinski (Englewood, Ohio/Northmont).
Marietta finally got on the board and in a big way with a four-run fourth inning. To that point, Capital starter Amber Martinelli (Alison Park, Pa./Hampton) had allowed just three base runners and only one to second base or beyond. However, the Pioneers used five hits and one walk to mark up the scoreboard and deliver an early exit to the senior pitcher. Ariann Barile drove in one run with a triple down the right field line, and was then followed by RBI hits from Lauren Rockocy and Brianna Finck.
Freshman Kayla Wild (Brooklyn, Mich./Tecumseh) came in to extinguish the fire by inducing an infield fly. She then ended the inning by sitting down Kaitlin Klinchock looking to leave the bases loaded.
Marietta crept a little closer with one run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Wild shut down the Pioneers, in order, to close out the game. Wild (W, 8-2) earned her eighth win of the season after going 3.2 innings, surrendering just one run on four hits and struck out four hitters.
The top of the Capital order went a combined 9-for-15 (.600) with five runs and five RBIs. Freshman Morgan Fadel (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksview-Broadview) quietly led Cap with three of Cap's 11 hits.
GAME 2 – Capital 12, Marietta 2 (F/5)
Capital's offense put it into another gear in game two, cranking out 12 runs on 15 hits in just five innings of play. Eight of those hits and eight runs came inside the first two innings of play between two Marietta pitchers.
Run support was not an issue when Capital began the game by batting through the order in the first inning. Freshman Emily Cantley (Louisville, Ohio/Louisville) earned the first run-scoring hit with a single through the right side to get Cap on the board, 1-0. Jasinski immediately followed with a triple, plating two more runs. Sophomore Chevonne Hayslett (Miamisburg, Ohio/Miamisburg East) recorded the third straight run-scoring hit, a single that bulked up Cap's lead to 5-0.
The Purple and White added three more runs in the second inning with RBIs going to Mellott, Cantley and Jasinski. Mellott dropped down a bunt on a successful squeeze attempt, then later scored on a ground out by Cantley. Jasinki came back with her second extra-base hit of the game, doubling to left and building Cap's lead to 8-0.
Martinelli came back out into the circle and had far more success in round two. Marietta answered with two runs in the bottom half of the second, but both were unearned following an error that extended the inning. After Marietta's answer, Martinelli cruised through the third and fourth innings. She then got out of a two-on, two-out jam by striking out Mackenzie Marshall to end the game in the fifth by run rule.
Martinelli (W, 12-7) went all five innings, allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out three.
Fadel recorded her second three-hit game of the day after going a perfect 3-for-3 with one walk in game two. She scored three times, as well.
Jasinski and Haleigh Luce (Greenville, Ohio/Greenville) led the team with three RBIs each. Both players also went 2-for-3 and scored one run.
The wins improve Capital's overall record to 20-14, marking the 18th time in 19 years Capital has reached the 20-win plateau. More importantly, Capital now finds itself just two games out sole possession of third place with four conference games remaining. Capital will take its momentum into Berea, Ohio this weekend when its plays Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday, April 22 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.