By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
HANOVER, Ind. – The Capital University softball team took two losses in its first action since its spring break trip. The Crusaders lost to the Hanover College Panthers by scores of 4-0 and 3-0 on Friday afternoon at Kops-Bedel Stadium.
GAME 1 - Capital 0, Hanover 4
Capital outhit the Panthers in game one, 7-6, but the runs column favored the hosts as the Panthers were able to not only get clutch hitting but also take advantage of three CU errors along the way.
Hanover got on the board first when Shelby Edington hit a two-out double off of Capital starting pitcher Brianna Reardon (L, 3-4). Edington was driven home when the next batter, Carlie Roark, beat out an infield single to the right side.
Cap had runners in scoring position in both the second and third inning but was unable to bring the runners around. Those runners represented three of the seven total runners left on base. Of those seven, six were left in scoring position.
The Panthers added two runs in the bottom of the fourth with help from two Capital errors, but in the following inning the Crusaders put together the rare triple play to help them escape another Hanover rally. With runners on first and third, Edington hit a line drive to Kristen Mellott at second base. The senior gloved down the liner and quickly flipped the ball to first for the second out. Alyx Slusher promptly tossed a rocket across the diamond to third baseman Lauren Kachure to peg the runner for the third out and a successful triple play.
Cap tried to rally and nearly got on the board in the top of the sixth but the Panthers turned what should have been a run-scoring sacrifice fly into an inning-ending double play. A second error by shortstop Corey Mangen put a runner on in the home half of the sixth and a two-out double by Jennah Ruddick added Hanover's fourth run of the game.
Capital was unable to rally in the seventh and went down in order to close out game one, 4-0.
Hanover's Lily Beurman (W, 4-4) earned the win behind 6.1 innings of work, which included six strikeouts. Only Alysa Durbin, who went 2-for-3 with one double and one single, had more than one hit.
GAME 2 - Capital 0, Hanover 3
One big inning early in game two made the difference in a 3-0 victory by the Panthers to close out the day. Cap was limited to just five hits in game two and was unable to score despite putting six runners in scoring position.
Freshman Madeline Herdlick (L, 0-2) gave up three runs, none earned, in the first inning but it was her own error in the circle to the leadoff hitter which helped elongate the opening frame. Base hits from Edington and Kiley Shedron drove home a pair of runs, and a sac fly accounted for the third.
Capital had runners on second and third with no outs in each of the last two innings, but in each case the Panthers got the next three batters out and kept the Crusaders off the board. Beurman came on to pitch those two innings and hurled three strikeouts in that time.
Hayslett held the Panthers off for the duration with help from the defense and four strikeouts in her 4.2 innings of work. She surrendered just three hits in that time. Allison Wiseman (W, xxx) earned the win behind five innings of work, four hits allowed and three walks.
Capital (3-7) will have a short turnaround for its doubleheader at Franklin College on Saturday. The first of two games will take place at 12 p.m. at Behrens Field.