By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
GRANVILLE, Ohio – The Capital University softball team was defeated twice in a nonconference, road doubleheader at Denison University on Sunday afternoon. The Big Red handed Capital loses by scores of 10-1 (F/5) and 8-3 at the Denison Softball Field.
GAME 1 - Capital 1, Denison 10 (Final / 5 innings)
Denison struck early with a two-run home run by Amanda Howell in the bottom of the first inning off of Capital starting pitcher Chevy Hayslett. Following a scoreless second, Cory Mangen cut the lead in half with an RBI single up the middle which scored Pam Vickers.
The Big Red tallied three runs in the third after cashing in on a Capital error. With one out and two on, a dropped fly ball in center field allowed one run to score and Denison to have an extra out to work with. Howell then hit a two-run single to right field to increase the Big Red lead to four runs.
A five-run bottom of the fourth put the hosts up by nine and Denison pitcher Sarah Herold continued to shut down the Crusaders, limiting them to just six hits during the game, for an early exit in game one through a 10-1 victory.
GAME 2 - Capital 3, Denison 8
Game two began in a similar fashion with Denison scoring first with a two-run first inning. A pair of RBI singles granted Denison the early lead, and a double plus a wild pitch in the second extended that lead to three.
Capital used a pair of miscues by Denison to come within one run of the Big Red. After Kristen Mellott got aboard with a single, freshman Veronica Zack came in to pinch ran and later scored. A stolen base and wild pitch, which scored Cory Mangen, moved her to third. An additional error scored Zack and made the score 3-2.
Capital's lone error of game two led to Denison adding one run in the fourth prior to its four-run sixth inning that put the game out of reach. Laura Bagan hit a base-clearing, three-run double to right center field as part of the big inning.
Capital will play its final home series against Oberlin College on Thursday, April 26 at Clowson Field with the first pitch coming at 3 p.m.