COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University baseball team split with conference opponent Muskingum University on Saturday at Clowson Field. In game one, Muskingum scored four runs in the fifth inning to stay on top of the Crusaders for good. In the second game, Capital battled back from an early deficit and held off a comeback bid from the Muskies.
Game 1 vs. Muskingum, L 11-7
Capital and Muskingum were at a 2-2 stalemate in the top of the fifth inning until sophomore catcher Joe Shumar put the Muskies on top with a shot down the right-field line to score two runs. Two batters later, A.J. Kazmierczak score Shumar and another runner to extend Muskingum's lead to 6-2.
Capital's strongest inning came in the bottom of the ninth when Alexander Smith (Elk Grove, Calif.) got on base with a single to right field. Sophomore infielder Jake Foley (Pataskala, Ohio) followed up with a single of his own to score Smith, who had already advanced to second base on a throwing error.
Foley recorded a run when Matthew Carnahan (Moundsville, W. Va.) singled through the left side. The Crusaders would score one more run before ending the game on a groundout to third base.
Foley led Capital with three hits and two RBIs. The Muskies committed five errors while the Crusaders finished with two. Both squads finished with 12 hits.
Game 2 vs. Muskingum, W 12-7
The Crusaders fell behind early, allowing Muskingum to score four runs in the top of the second. However, Capital did not stay down for long after the turn of the inning. Carnahan hit a triple, finding the gap in center field. Sophomore catcher Justin Ennis (Vista, Calif.) followed Carnahan's hit with a single, scoring Capital's first run of the contest. The Crusaders went on to score four runs in the next three at bats to take a 5-4 lead entering the top of the third inning.
Leading 5-7 in the top of the sixth, Capital surrendered two runs to allow Muskingum to tie the game. With Smith and Brett Colburn (Liberty Township, Ohio) on base, sophomore infielder Logan Bastin (Mansfield, Ohio) doubled to right field to bring both runners in for scores.
Bastin's double was complimented by the next at bat when Carnahan tripled to center field, scoring the third run of the inning. Carnahan's stay on third base was a short one as Ennis slapped a ball to left field to cap off the four-run inning.
Bastin and Colburn paced the Crusaders with three RBIs apiece. Smith scored three runs with four at bats.
Capital finished the contest with 12 hits and only two errors.
The Crusaders takes on Ohio-Lancaster on Sunday, March 22. The first game is set to begin at 1 p.m.