By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Softball had its home opener spoiled by Thomas More College in a pair of losses at Clowson Field on Monday afternoon. Chevonne Hayslett hit her first career home run to get the home crowd excited, but beyond Hayslett's homer and a positive day for Cory Mangen the Crusaders' offense struggled.
GAME 1 - Thomas More 9, Capital 1 (F/6)
Two big innings made the difference in Capital's loss in game one of the doubleheader. Four of the first five Thomas More batters hit singles off of Capital starter Brianna Reardon (Fremont, Ohio/St. Joseph Central Catholic) leading to one run scored and the bases full of Saints. A walk to Sammy Sagers allowed the second run to cross the plate and a wild pitch made for a three-run opening inning.
Reardon settled down in innings two and three, and escaped the fourth inning having left the bases loaded. The Saints tagged the Crusaders for five runs in the fifth, led by a two-run home run by Andrea Gahan. Tatyana Cotrell came in to relieve Reardon but exited after TMC plated two more runs behind a double, walk and a two-run single. Sarah Franczak came into the game and recorded the final out of the fifth leaving the score 8-0.
Cap plated one run in the fifth with the aid of a Thomas More error, but it was Bailey Walters' sacrifice fly that got the Crusaders on the board. One run in the top of the sixth and an empty reply in the home half ended the game early.
Thomas More's Alix DeDreu (W, 3-2) surrendered just four hits the Crusaders and struck out seven in its win.
GAME 2 - Thomas More 10, Capital 2 (F/6)
Game two started on a similar note with Thomas more grabbing an early lead with a two-run first inning. Chevonne Hayslett (Miamisburg, Ohio/Miamisburg) took to the circle but allowed a leadoff walk to Laura Finke, who later came around to score on an RBI single by Gahan. A sac fly doubled up the lead, 2-0.
Mary Beth Odom's two-run homer in the third increased the lead to 4-0 and preceded another big inning for the guests. DeDreu did her job at the plate with a two-RBI single and was followed up by Gahan's second home run of the day, a two-run shot to make for an 8-0 score.
Hayslett, who at this point moved back behind the plate to serve as Cap's catcher, got Capital on the board in the bottom of the fourth in a big way. The junior worked the count and picked her pitch and sent a towering, no-doubter over the left center field fence for her first collegiate home run.
Three times Capital stranded a runner at third base and twice that runner was sophomore Cory Mangen (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont). Mangen had the team's best day at the plate having gone 3-for-3 in game two, including two doubles and a single.
Thomas More's Hannah Sprague (W, 1-3) earned the win while Hayslett (L, 0-3) was credited with the loss.
Capital has now lost its last seven games and falls to 2-12 on the season. They will ready for a twinbill at Kenyon College on Thursday, March 22 at the KC Softball Complex in Gambier, Ohio. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 3 p.m.