By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
FRANKLIN, Ind. – Capital University Softball's bats came alive in game one of Saturday's twinbill at Franklin College, but the Grizzlies were just as hot and more consistent. Franklin dispatched Capital as part of a sweep by scores of 9-7 and 7-1 to drop the Crusaders to 3-9 overall.
GAME 1 - Capital 7, Franklin 9
While Franklin took the first shot, senior Kristen Mellott's cannon blast made the first round of serious noise in game one. Down 1-0 in the top of the third, two base hits and a walk loaded the bases as Mellott stepped to the plate. The senior found her pitch and drove it to the deepest part of Berhends Field, sailing over the wall for a grand slam. The home run was Mellott's first of the year and put Capital up, 4-1.
Franklin's Natalie Weber responded with a solo homer in the home of the inning, but it was a seven-run fifth that gave the Grizzlies the burst it needed to retake the lead. With Capital up now 5-2 at this point, Weber hit her second home run of the day with two runners on to tie the game. Franklin loaded the bases against Capital starting pitcher Brianna Reardon and then an infield single plus a walk plated two more for the Grizzlies. After changing pitchers, Franklin managed to score twice more with the aid of a throwing error on a bunt plus an advancement on a ground out for the second out of the inning. Franklin left the fifth with a 9-5 lead.
Though down to their last out, the Crusaders were not done. Hayslett then got it done at the plate with a two-out, two-run home run to center but the blast was not enough to complete the rally needed for a comeback.
Reardon (L, 3-5) took the loss after 4.0 innings of work, while Hayslett kept the scoresheet clean in her two innings of relief work. Hayslett also went 4-for-4 with three RBIs, while Mellott and Alyx Slusher both went 2-for-4.
GAME 2 - Capital 1, Franklin 7
Hits came at a premium for Capital after Franklin's Alisha Burch kept the Crusaders to just three hits in game two.
Franklin was up 6-0 before Capital disrupted the shutout bid with Mycala Duhart's pinch-hit, RBI double in the top of the fifth.
Weber continued to have a day by getting the Grizzlies on the board with a run-scoring double to right center field and was followed by Justice Carmichael's infield single, both off of Capital starter Chevonne Hayslett.
FC tagged on three more runs with run-scoring singles from Sydney Logsdon and Samantha Cain to go up 5-0 by the end of the third inning. Franklin scored another run before Cap got on the board off of CU's fourth error of the day. Both teams then swapped runs in the fifth leading to the final score.
Hayslett (L, 0-2) surrendered seven runs, five earned, on 10 hits in the loss. Her counterpart, Alisha Burch (W, 1-1) got the win after tossing four strikeouts and limited Cap offensively to just one run on three hits.
Capital will now prepare for the third of its six straight road doubleheaders. The Crusaders will head out of state again when they take on Thomas More College (Ky.) on Tuesday, March 19 for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.