BEREA, Ohio – Capital University Softball featured its duo of strong starting pitchers as part of its doubleheader sweep of Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday afternoon. Amber Martinelli and Kayla Wild both recorded complete-game victories and one shutout as the Purple and White leaped into third place in the Ohio Athletic Conference standings going into the final week of regular season play.
GAME 1 – Capital 3, Baldwin Wallace 0
One big hit in the second inning combined with a tremendous pitching effort by senior Amber Martinelli made for the team's fourth shutout win of the season.
Capital scored all three of its runs in the top of the second inning. Senior Sarah Jasinski (Englewood, Ohio/Northmont) hit a one-out double to get the first Capital runner aboard. After sophomore Chevonne Hayslette (Miamisburg, Ohio/East Miamisburg) reached on an infield single, junior Pam Vickers put Cap on the board with a run-scoring single down the left field line. Junior Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio/Crestview) served as the next Capital batter and roped a two-run double to left center field, scoring Hayslett and Vickers to put the Purple and White up 3-0.
With a lead in hand, Martinelli handled the rest. The Allison, Park, Pa. native posted six straight innings of solid pitching in which only four hits were recorded. She also struck out three Yellow Jacket batters. In the seventh inning, BW put its first two batters on the bases and had the tying run at the plate. Martinnelli then fielded her position to retire Mackenzie Nelsen on a fielder's choice, getting the lead runner out at third. Both runners moved into scoring position when Marisa Koss got the second out, unassisted. In typical Martinelli fashion, the senior stood her ground in the circle induced a ground out to end the game.
The win boosted Martinelli's overall season record to 13-7, which also sets a new season high for wins.
Walters, Hayslett and Vickers all ended with two hits to account for six of Capital's eight total base knocks.
GAME 2 – Capital 6, Baldwin Wallace 2
Capital received a second quality pitching performance, this time from its freshman hurler Kayla Wild. With the help of a pair of two-run innings in the middle frames, Capital went on to complete its sweep of BW with a 6-2 victory in game two.
Tied 2-2 heading into the top of the fourth inning, Capital loaded the bases with a pair of walks and a BW error in the field. Senior Marisa Koss (Ostrander, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) drove home the eventual game-winning run with a single up the middle and kept the bases loaded. A ground out by Morgan Fadel drove home another run to double the lead and exit the stanza with a 4-2 lead.
In their next at bat, Capital used a pair of extra-base hits to plate another pair of runs. Jasinski drew a leadoff walk and then scored two batters later when Haleigh Luce (Greenville, Ohio/Greenville) doubled to left. Walter knocked a two-out double to add to the lead, 6-2.
While the offense did its job in providing run support, Wild got back on track with a complete-game victory, her fifth of the season. Baldwin Wallace was limited to two runs despite recording seven hits off the freshman. Wild struck out four batters in route to her ninth win of the season.
Natalie Mabry (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City) drew the start in game two and was responsible for plating one of Capital two runs in the first inning for the early lead. She finished 2-for-4 with one RBI. She was one of four Capital players with multiple hits in game two.
Capital comes out of the doubleheader with an overall record of 22-14 and gains another pair of wins in OAC play, now sitting with a 10-6 conference record. They now leap Ohio Northern for the third spot in the conference team standings and possess a one-game lead over the Polar Bears and the University of Mount Union.
Capital plays Bluffton University on short rest in a doubleheader taking place on Sunday afternoon. The Beavers and Crusaders will square off at 1 and 3 p.m. at Clowson Field.