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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University baseball team has released its schedule for the 2015 season. Capital looks to remedy a 2014 season which started strongly but ended in a 11-23 overall record.
The Crusaders start the season with a weeklong trip to Florida to compete in the Russ Matt Invitational, beginning on Feb. 21.
The first day of the trip will take place in Orlando, Fla. as Capital takes on Brandeis University. Last season, Brandeis defeated the Crusaders in their season opener, 2-1.
Capital will then head to Winter Haven, Fla. for the final six days of the Invitational. The Crusaders will play Alma College in a double header on Feb. 22 , which Capital defeated in an 11-10 shootout last season.
On Feb. 23, the Crusaders will take on Augustana, the defending Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference champions. The Vikings finished 2014 with an impressive 41-20 overall record before losing to Emporia State University in an NCAA Tournament elimination game.
The invitational concludes with games against Houghton College on Feb. 26, Lyndon State University on Feb. 27 and Aurora University on Feb. 28.
The Crusaders will return to action at Ohio Wesleyan on March 4. Capital will then travel to the Hoosier State to face Hanover College in a three-game series, beginning with a Saturday doubleheader on March 7.
Capital will start the next week with a game against Calvin College at a neutral site on March 10. The Crusaders will then head to Chillicothe, Ohio for a three-game swing against Northland College on March 14 and a doubleheader against Milwaukee School of Engineering and Elmhurst College on March 15.
The Crusaders will open their home slate by hosting Ohio Wesleyan University at Clowson Field on March 4 with a 4 p.m. first pitch.
The conference schedule begins with a doubleheader on March 21 against Muskingum University, starting at 1 p.m. The following day, the Crusaders will face nonconference opponent Centre College.
The Crusaders will start the month of April with a doubleheader against Wilmington College on April 3. The next week will be spent on the road with doubleheaders at Heidelberg University (April 8) and the University of Mount Union (April 11).
Marietta College, the defending regular season Ohio Athletic Conference champion comes to town on April 14. The final game against a nonconference opponent will be played when Capital plays at Kenyon College on April 16.
The Crusaders will then host John Carroll University on April 18. In 2014, John Carroll won its first OAC Tournament Championship, defeating Baldwin Wallace University, 6-3, in the title game. The Pioneers also advanced to the NCAA tournament where it lost 9-8 to Thomas More College in a 12-inning game.
The regular season concludes for the Crusaders with a home doubleheader against Baldwin Wallace on May 2. The Yellow Jackets lost in last season's OAC championship game but won the Mid-Atlantic Regional championship to earn a trip to the NCAA Division III World Series.
Live statistics will be provided for all Capital home contests and select away games so fans may follow all season long.