Softball Unable to Overcome BW’s Strong Offensive Output

Pictured: Haleigh Luce (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Haleigh Luce (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Softball hit four home runs as part of Saturday's doubleheader against Baldwin Wallace University but left Clowson Field on Senior Day without a win. The Crusaders lost twice to the Yellow Jackets by scores of 7-0 and 14-7.

GAME 1 - Baldwin Wallace 7, Capital 0

The tone was set with the first pitch of the game when Alexis Boledovic smacked a double on the first offering by Chevonne Hayslett. Sam Mott then brought Boledovic around to score with a two-out double to trade place and give BW a 1-0 lead. The Yellow Jackets tagged Cap with two more runs when Boledovic hit a two-run single the very next inning.

Cap stayed within reach but was unable to bring a run around to score despite having runners in scoring position in two of the first three innings. Capital stranded a total of 13 runners on base and was limited to just six hits in game one against BW starter Abby Cosart (W, 6-4).

After plating another run in the fourth Baldwin Wallace took advantage of a dropped fly ball by Erica Ogden in left field and then went on to score three in the sixth. Alex Dick and Alex Kozich hit back-to-back RBI base hits off of Brianna Reardon to make the score 7-0.

Senior Pam Vickers (Sagamore Hills, Ohio/Nordonia) led Cap with two of the team's six hits in game one. The triple she hit in the seventh inning was the first of her career.

GAME 2 - Baldwin Wallace 14, Capital 7

Game two featured a turnaround for the Capital offense. CU banged out seven runs on 12 hits, but the Yellow Jackets outdid the Crusaders in both categories and took advantage of four Capital errors.

Freshman Sarah Franczak (L, 0-2) earned the start but surrendered four runs in the opening stanza. The Capital bats answered back, equaling the Yellow Jackets' output with help from a run-scoring double by freshman Alyx Slusher and then a two-run bomb by senior Haleigh Luce (Greenville, Ohio/Greenville).

Baldwin Wallace took back the lead with a six-run second inning, though only one of those runs was earned. Three of BW's six hits in the inning were for extra bases and for the second straight inning the guests batting around the order. Baldwin Wallace took a 10-4 lead, though Cap would continue to chip into it.

Freshman Brianna Tucker (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City) led off the bottom of the second with a bang, crushing her first collegiate home run over the left field wall to make the score 10-5. Two innings later, the home run bombardment continued with Hayslett, who launched her third of the season to add another run on the board. To complete the long ball barrage, a second senior ripped a solo shot. Bailey Walter (Ashland, Ohio/Crestview) hit her third of the year to make it a four-run game, 11-7.

Baldwin Wallace put a stop to the comeback with two runs in the sixth on a two-RBI single by Erica Ogden and then added another in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach.

Cosart (W, 7-4) took the win in game two after coming to relieve starter Sam Mott after one inning of work and allowed just two runs on her six innings in the circle.

Four Crusaders had a pair of hits in game two including Cory Mangen, Kristen Mellott, Slusher, and Walter. All but one starter had at least one hit in the game.

 

Capital has three doubleheaders left to play this season, beginning with its next opponent Denison University. The Crusaders will play the Big Red in Granville, Ohio on Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Two of the team's remaining doubleheaders are against nonconference competition. Its final homestand will be on Thursday, April 26 when they play Oberlin College at Clowson Field at 3 and 5 p.m. before finishing up the season at the University of Mount Union next weekend.