By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Softball played a solid six inning in game one and was in contention of starting Wednesday's doubleheader on the right foot, but a crushing blow delivered by the Muskies of Muskingum University in the seventh not only captured game one for the guests but also paved the way for a sweep. Muskingum defeated Capital by scores of 4-2 and 9-2 at Clowson Field in Ohio Athletic Conference action.
GAME ONE - Muskingum 4, Capital 2
Muskingum used three consecutive one-out singles to plate the game's first run and with a sacrifice fly doubled that lead in the top of the third inning.
Capital responded by taking advantage of a hit batter plus an error to lead off their half of the third. Chevonne Hayslett (Miamisburg, Ohio/Miamisburg East) was hit and a fielding error by Muskingum put runners on first and second. With one out, Cory Mangen loaded the bases with a sharp single to left field, setting the table for Kristen Mellott's sac fly to right.
The Crusaders then tied it up in the fifth, again using an error to their advantage. Pam Vickers (Sagamore Hills, Ohio/Nordonia) reached with a single deep in the hole between short and third. Alyx Slusher then dropped a bunt down that was beat out, but the throw was off the mark and allowed Vickers to move to third. A second sac fly, this time by Cory Mangen (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont), tied the score at two all.
Hayslett kept the tie intact through 5.1 innings of work before giving way to Brianna Reardon. The senior extinguished the sixth-inning threat but with one swing of the bat in the seventh, the Muskies went ahead for good. Abigail Orr led the seventh off with a single and two batters later Krissie Hughes hit a deep, two-run home run to left. Capital was unable to respond in the bottom of the seventh, leading to a Musky win.
GAME TWO - Muskingum 9, Capital 2
Reardon earned the start in game two and Muskingum continued its strong offensive ways with three runs in the first inning. A leadoff walk plus four first-inning singles helped the Muskies jump out to an early lead, but Capital was quick to respond.
In the bottom of the first, Kristen Mellott blasted her second home run of the season and second in as many days to make for a one-run game. Alyx Slusher doubled earlier in the inning and came around to score on the homer.
Muskingum posted four hits the third including RBI singles by Riley Powers and Krissy Hughes to extend its lead over Capital, 5-2. Two extra-base hits in the fourth factored into a four-run inning for the Muskies, including a base-clearing, three-RBI doubles by Melissa Maiorano.
Capital put runners on base in each inning from the third on through the end of the game but was unable to bring any around to score. Hannah Duff (10-3) earned the complete game victory behind three strikeouts, two walks and seven hits.
Capital will look to break its current 10-game losing streak this weekend when they begin a three-series road trip on Saturday afternoon at Otterbein University. The Crusaders and Cardinals will throw the first pitch at 1 p.m. from the Otterbein Softball Field.