Softball’s Struggles Continue Following Sweep by Otterbein

Pictured: Bailey Walter (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Bailey Walter (credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – Capital University Softball was unable to break its current schneid on Wednesday when the Crusaders matched up against rival Otterbein University at Rike Field. The Cardinals delivered Capital a pair of losses by scores of 10-2 and 12-0, both in five innings.

GAME 1 - Capital 2, Otterbein 10 (F/5)

After a scoreless first inning, Otterbein scored a pair of runs in the second, third and fourth innings of game one. Chevonne Hayslett (Miamisburg, Ohio/Miamisburg East) earned the start but was roughed up in the middle innings. Back-to-back run-scoring doubles in the second put the Cards on the board, and then back-to-back RBI singles in the third doubled up the score, 4-0.

Freshman Alyx Slusher (Rockford, Ohio/Parkway) broke up reigning OAC Pitcher of the Year Gabby Johnson's shutout with a solo shot of the right field fence, her second home run of the year.

However, Bailey McElwain then responded and helped Otterberin add a pair with a two-run home run in the fourth inning. The Crusaders got one of those runs back in the top of the fifth when junior Kristen Mellott hit a run-scoring single through the right side of the infield to score Hayslett, but again the Cardinals came back with a big inning in the home half with four runs, which effectively ended the game.


GAME 2 - Capital 0, Otterbein 12 (F/5)

Two big innings propelled the Cardinals to its second five-inning win when the hosts marked up Capital starter Sarah Franczak (L, 0-1) for six runs in her 2.1 innings of work. After keeping Otterbein scoreless in the first, a walk and a three-base error allowed the Cardinals to score the game's opening run in the second inning.

The third inning featured five Otterbein runs all scored under Franczak's watch before she gave way to Tatyana Cotrell. A leadoff single was then followed by four consecutive extra-base hits, including a two-run home run by Courtney Hackney to cap off the scoring run. Cotrell ended the threat, but then was met with another barrage of offense in the following inning. The Cardinals belted out six more runs with aid from four more extra-base hits, including Rachel Owens' two-run homer. Hayslett then entered to pitch but after getting one out surrendered the game-ending, two-RBI double.

Capital was unable to score against pitcher Rachel Owens (W, 8-4), though did bang out seven hits. Pam Vickers, Bailey Walter and Hayslett all posted two each in the game two loss.

Capital now has six games left to play, including two OAC doubleheaders. The Crusaders will play Baldwin Wallace University in their next action on Saturday, April 21. The games will be played at Clowson Field and begin at 1 p.m.