By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
CLERMONT, Fla. – Capital University Softball dropped both of its games on Thursday afternoon; the first a rematch with Alma College and the second a matchup with Augustana College (Ill.).
Game 1 – Alma 12, Capital 4 (5 innings)
In the first game of the day, Alma jumped out to an early lead in the first and built on it throughout the game, eventually winning 12-4 in five innings. Two Scots crossed the plate in the first and then added four runs in the second. Alma increased its lead to 9-0 over the third and fourth innings.
The Crusaders got on the board in the bottom of the fourth frame with three runs. Cory Mangen led off the inning with a double to left field and Haleigh Luce reached on a fielder's choice. Mangen and Luce each advanced a base on the next batter and Mangen scored on a Kelli Wright-Lovel sacrifice fly to center.
Pam Vickers kept the inning alive with a single to third as the next batter. Bailey Walter stepped to the plate and rocketed a ball over the centerfielder's head, scoring two and rounding into third with a triple, cutting the deficit to 9-3.
The Scots scored twice in the top of the fifth to take a 12-3 and the Crusaders scored their fourth run in the bottom of the inning. Another single from Vickers scored Wright-Lovel gave Capital four runs but the game ended after Capital was not able to get any closer.
Vickers went 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored and Walter went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Game 2 – Capital 1, Augustana 4
In the second game, Capital was able to limit Augustana's offense but struggled to cross the plate itself, losing 4-1 to the Vikings.
Both teams went scoreless over the first two innings before the Vikings struck in the bottom of the third. With a runner on second and two outs, Molly Wrenn singled to right, scoring Dina Falk and putting the Vikings up 1-0.
The Crusaders did not trail for long though and Capital quickly responded with a run of its own in the top of the fourth that tied the game at one. Vickers singled up the middle and advanced to second after Mangen connected on a bunt single. Kristen Mellot then made contact with a ball that went up the middle and Vickers crossed home. Capital threatened to score more but left the bases loaded.
Two more Vikings crossed the plate in the fifth inning and Augustana scored its fourth run in the sixth.
Mellot was the only Crusader with more than one hit in the second game and went 2-for-3 at the plate. Reardon went all six inning for Capital and allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits.
The Crusaders will play their final two games in Florida on Friday against Johnson & Wales University and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The first game against Johnson & Wales will begin at 9 a.m. and the second game is scheduled for 2 p.m.