By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
ADA, Ohio – After being postponed last week, Capital University Softball finally traveled to Ada to play two games against Ohio Northern University on Monday but each one ended in five innings.
Game 1 – Capital 1, Ohio Northern 9 (Five innings)
In the first game of the afternoon, the Polar Bears got out to a fast start with four runs in the bottom of the first inning. A pair of two-run doubles got ONU on the board and did not look back from there. Starting pitcher Brianna Reardon (Fremont, Ohio/St. Joseph Central Catholic) settled down after that inning though and held the Polar Bears scoreless in the second and third innings.
Capital got on the board in the top of the fourth. Cory Mangen (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch and then advanced to second after Kristen Mellot (Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring) bunted her over. Senior Bailey Walter then stepped up to the plate and rocked a single to center that gave Mangen enough time to come home.
The Polar Bears struck back in the bottom of the inning though with five more runs. An RBI single got the big inning started and then another run scored on a single followed by an error. Two more unearned runs scored on another single and then an error that allowed the runner to reach first safely while a run came around to score.
Game 2 – Capital 0, Ohio Northern 9 (Five innings)
The Polar Bears got off to another strong start in the second game of the day with a three-run first via a two-run double and an RBI single. Another two-run double in the second and a third-inning home run staked ONU a 6-0 lead.
A three-run homer in the fourth inning by Gabby Stewart for Ohio Northern gave the Polar Bears a nine-run lead that ended the game after the Crusaders could not pull any runs back in the top of the fifth.
The two games against ONU were the first of four series this week for the Crusaders and the team will travel to take on Heidelberg University on Wednesday. A two-game set at Denison University will follow on Thursday before Marietta College comes to Bexley on Saturday for two home contests at Clowson Field.