COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University baseball team struggled at the mound today in a 12-2 loss against Ohio Wesleyan. A combination of five pitchers were used but the Crusaders could not find their rhythm.
Ohio Wesleyan (5-4) broke the game open in the top of the third inning by scoring four runs. The scoring began when Michael Blatchford stepped to the plate and tripled to right field to score Justin Dages from first. Aaron Caputo then hit a sacrifice fly to right field as Blatchford crossed home plate. Another sacrifice fly brought in its third run of the inning before C.J. Tosino singled to left field to bring in Steven Moore from third base. After two scoreless innings, Ohio Wesleyan added two more runs in the fifth inning.
Facing a 10-0 deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning, Capital (5-7) got on the board with two runs. Freshman third baseman Preston Smith (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) slapped the ball down the left line for the first hit of his career. Two at bats later, freshman catcher Daniel Walters (Concord, Ohio) doubled up the middle as Smith scored the first run of the day for the Crusaders. Walters eventually reached home due to a hit by Alexander Smith (Elk Grove, Calif.).
The final three innings was low scoring as Ohio Wesleyan added two more runs.
Walters led the Crusaders with two hits as he went two-for-two at the plate, along with one RBI. Junior catcher Kirby Boehm (Worthington, Ohio) also added two hits of his own.
Senior pitcher Derek Colston (Port Clinton, Ohio) received the loss. His record now stands at 1-1.
The Crusaders begin conference play on Saturday, March 21 with a doubleheader at Clowson Field against Muskingum University (5-7). The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.