WESTFIELD, Ind. – Capital University Baseball got back on the field Wednesday evening after a lengthy break thanks to Mother Nature. The Crusaders took on Franklin College (Ind.) at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind., where they split a doubleheader with the Grizzles. After dropping game one, 7-2, Capital earned a come-from-behind, extra-inning 4-3 victory.
GAME ONE – L, 7-2
Franklin scored six runs between the fourth and fifth innings en route to a 7-2 victory over Capital. Drew Kammerer had a pair of run-scoring triples while Tyler Ison recorded a sacrifice fly in both innings to lead the Grizzlies' charge.
Capital was able to muster six hits over nine innings, each recorded by a different player.
Shane Wellman (L, 0-1) took the loss, surrendering five runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings or work.
Franklin's Justin Brown (W, 2-0) held Capital to just five base hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out three.
GAME TWO – W, 4-3 (F/10)
Capital made a major push in the eighth inning to take a late lead over the Grizzlies and then finished the job in the 10th frame. Down 2-1 in the eighth, sophomore Joe Swisher (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a sacrifice, setting the table for Justin Ennis (Vista, Calif.).
Adding to his breakout game, Ennis blasted a double to score Swisher from second, one of his three hits in the game. Two batters later, the sophomore scored as a result of an error which gave the Crusaders a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth.
Franklin tied the game in the following inning and after a scoreless ninth the teams went into extra innings to find a winner. In the top of the 10th, Jake Foley (Pataskala, Ohio) led the inning off with an infield single and advanced to second on an error by the shortstop. Ennis came to the rescue again, knocking an RBI single to take the lead.
Junior Austin Underwood (W, 1-1) made the bottom half interesting but did enough to keep the Grizzlies off of the board for the win. Ison led off with a double and pinch runner Chase Steinbrunner advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jason Simpkins worked a nine-pitch walk to put runners on the corners. Underwood then made a key play, fielding his position and catching Steinbrunner attempting to score. After cutting him down at the plate, he forced a game-ending 5-3 double play to end the game, 4-3.
Ennis ended the game going 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs and two RBIs.
Underwood took the win after 2.1 innings pitched while allowing two hits and a sitting down one.
Junior Tyler Spears (Washington Courthouse, Ohio) earned the nod and put forth a quality start, going 6.2 innings, allowing three hits, two runs, and striking out seven hitters.
Capital will get back into action this weekend in Chillicothe, Ohio when they play three games over a two-day span, weather permitting. The Crusaders, now 4-5 on the season, will play Northland College on Saturday at 10 a.m. On Sunday, they will play the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Elmhurst College beginning at 1:30 p.m.