Softball Returns to the Diamond, Falls Twice to Franklin

Pictured: Cory Mangen (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Cory Mangen (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

FRANKLIN, Ind. – Capital University Softball took in two losses on Friday afternoon in its first action since its spring break trip. The Crusaders lost by scores of 8-0 (F/5) and 11-4 at Behrens Field, dropping their overall record to 2-8 on the season.

GAME 1 - Capital 0, Franklin 8 (F/5)

Franklin put two runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Shelby Mager drove in the game's opening run with a single to left field, scoring leadoff hitter Monica Collins from third. Justice Carmichael doubled the led after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Natalie Weber.

Two innings later the Grizzlies posted three more runs after three straight base hits. Franklin's first run scored by way of an obstruction call, then another followed with an RBI double to enter.

Capital's offense struggled to get any sort of momentum going and tallied just three hits over the course of the game, all by different hitters. Up by five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Franklin tacked on three more runs with five hits to end the game by run rule.

Brianna Reardon (L, 2-7) took the loss after giving up seven runs in four innings of work. Five of those runs were earned. Sarah Franczak came into the game and recorded one out before allowing the final run of the game.


GAME 2 - Capital 4, Franklin 11

Capital started game two much stronger, scoring three runs in their first trip to the plate. Pam Vickers and Alyx Slusher led the game off with back-to-back hits, followed by an infield single by Bailey Walter to load the bases. Kristen Mellott was then hit by a pitch, forcing the first run to score. A fielding error allowed another run to score, and then an unconventional double play ended the inning but not before Cap added a third run. Chevonne Hayslett grounded out to second, scoring one run. Corey Mangen aggressively rounded third and headed home, but was cut down at the plate.

Franklin retaliated with six runs in the bottom of the first, all off Capital starting pitcher Chevonnne Hayslett. The Grizzlies loaded the bases by way of a base hit, walk and an error and then plated their first run with a sac fly. A double followed by another Capital error tied up the game, and then with two outs the hosts regain and doubled up its lead with three more singles and a walk.

Down 6-3, Capital was able to get one more run when Hayslett drove home a run by grounding out to the right side. It was as close as the Crusaders would come to the Grizzlies after the hosts posted three more runs in the fourth and one in both the fifth and sixth innings.

Vickers was the lone Crusader with multiple hits after going 2-for-4.

 Capital will play two on Saturday, March 17, at Hanover College (Ind.) with the first pitch taking place at 2 p.m.