By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Softball lost both games of a doubleheader to Marietta College on Tuesday afternoon by scores of 11-3 and 10-2 (F/6). Capital took early leads in both contests at Clowson Field, but was unable to hold either.
GAME ONE - Marietta 11, Capital 3
Senior Haleigh Luce helped give Capital an early 1-0 lead in the second inning with a drive to the right center field gap which scored Bailey Walter from first following her leadoff walk. Capital then blasted two different solo home runs in each of the next two innings to increase its lead. Junior Kristen Mellott (Clear Spring, Md./Clear Spring) hit her first of the year in the third inning and then Chevonne Hayslett (Miamisburg, Ohio/Miamisburg East) hit her second homer of the season in the next stanza.
Junior Brianna Reardon kept the Pioneers off the scoreboard through five innings despite leaving runners in scoring position in each inning. The Crusaders' luck ran out in the sixth when Marietta rattled off eight runs. With the bases loaded and one out, a grounder was hit to Erica Ogden at second base and she elected to attempt to get the lead runner out at home, but the runner beat the throw, scoring and keeping the bases loaded. A hit batsman and ground out later Marietta had tied the game, 3-3, before Jordan Pullay lofted a three-run home run over the left field wall.
Marietta tagged Cap for three more runs in the seventh to cruise to an 11-3 victory in game one.
GAME TWO - Marietta 10, Capital 2 (F/6)
Capital again used a walk to Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio/Crestview) to get on the board first in game two. After Walter walked with two outs in the second, Luce repeated her effort by hitting a second double of the afternoon. Capital posted two of its three hits in the game in that second inning, the other coming from Walter via a solo home run in the fourth inning.
Marietta initially tied the game using an error in the third to get a base runner on, then Reagan Tom hit a game-tying double. The Pioneers then scored nine runs between the fourth and sixth inning, including a four-run fourth. Marietta's three and four hitters went a combined 5-for-5 with one walk, five runs scored, and four RBIs over that time.
With two runs in the sixth, Marietta put itself in position to end the game prematurely then did so with three groundouts to the Pioneers' shortstop.
Capital (6-20, 2-6 OAC) will quickly bounce back with two games scheduled against Muskingum University on Wednesday afternoon at Clowson Field. The Crusaders and Muskies will toss the first pitch at 3 p.m.