Capital Back on Track After Sweeping Bethany College

Pictured: Cory Mangen (left), Mariah Keller (right). Photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography.
Pictured: Cory Mangen (left), Mariah Keller (right). Photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography.

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

BETHANY, W.Va. – Capital University seniors Briana Reardon and Chevonne Hayslett tossed a pair of complete game victories, one in shutout fashion, to help the Crusaders take two wins away from a doubleheader with Bethany College (W.Va.) on Monday afternoon.

Monday's games were played as part of a rescheduled series from two weeks ago as a result of poor weather. Capital is now 9-21 overall after its sweep of the Bison. They will now head to Muskingum University this Wednesday for a twinbill in New Concord.

GAME 1 - Capital 5, Bethany 0

Brianna Reardon (Fremont, Ohio/St. Joseph Central Catholic) tossed a three-hit gem in game one to give the Capital offense every chance to take and keep a lead. Reardon allowed only five base runners throughout the game, one as a result of an error in the field but the Crusaders were able to hold it together to help maintain the shutout bid.

Cap scored first in the top of the second inning after Cory Mangen (Clayton, Ohio/Northmont) hit two-out double and then scored as a result of a fielding error by Bison third baseman Kayla Dinsmore. Cap added another in the following frame when Chevonne Hayslett (Miamisburg, Ohio/Miamisburg) got on base with a single, advanced to second via a passed ball, and then scored two batters later when Erica Ogden drilled a single into centerfield.

Back-to-back infield singles in the top of the fourth set the stage for another two runs to cross the plate for the Purple and White. A bases loaded walk and a fielder's choice plated both runs, marking the third and fourth Cap scores.

Cap added its fifth and final run when Ogden scored from third on a wild pitch following her leadoff double.

Meanwhile, the defense did a job in stranding a runner at third with less than two outs, twice. Reardon (W, 6-9) worked out of a jam with a runner at third with no outs in the second after inducing two fly outs and a ground out. Hayslett helped out from behind the plate by catching Erica Amoroso in a stolen base attempt at second, and then Reardon again retired the Bison with a runner on third and one out in the seventh inning with a back-to-back ground outs


GAME 2 - Capital 8, Bethany 3

Game two featured a new Capital pitcher but a similar result. Hayslett (W, 2-7) surrendered just two earned runs and three total in her seven innings of work.

The Crusaders got right to work in the first when sophomore Alyx Slusher led the game off with a double. She and Morgan Fadel (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview) traded places after the junior blasted a run-scoring double to left center field to get Cap on the board.

An error in the home half of the first nearly helped the Bison tie the game early, but the defense got Hayslett out of the jam when they cut a run down at home and got out number three on a 4-6 putout.

Fadel struck again with a solo home run that doubled the Capital lead in the third and that advantage was held until the fourth when Fran Capaldi answered with a solo shot of her own. The lead went away when Bethany tied the game with Tyra Bell's two-out, RBI single, but Cap was quick to grab it back.

Cap benefitted from two walks and a costly error by Capaldi at third that allowed two runs to come around to score in the fifth. CU added two more runs in the following frame, again aided by an additional Bethany error, to account for the second of three consecutive two-run innings. The Purple and White added two more in the seventh with a run-scoring single hit by Lauren Kachure and a fielder's choice by Mycala Duhart to finalize Cap's scoring line.

Bethany was only able to muster two runs over the last three innings, and its final score was a byproduct of a Capital miscue in the field. When all was said and done, Hayslett guided Capital to win number nine of the season by a score of 8-3.

Game two featured four Crusaders with a multi-hit performance: Slusher (2-4, 2 RBI, 2 RS), Fadel (2-4, 2 RBI, 1 RS), Mangen (2-2, 2 RS), and Kachure (2-3, 1 RBI, 1 RS).