COLUMBUS, Ohio – Shane Wellman put forth a career performance on the hill in the second of two games against Wilmington College, Monday afternoon. The Capital University baseball team battled scattered showers but won a pair of 11-4 decisions at Clowson Field.
GAME 1 vs. Wilmington College, W 11-4
Sophomore Brett Colburn (Liberty Township, Ohio) and senior Austin Underwood (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Bishop Hartley) each went 3-for-4 and combined to score five of Capital's 11 runs while driving in three to lead the Crusaders' offense in their game one victory.
Capital bounced back from falling behind 3-0 after a half-inning of play, but chipped in their first run when senior Matthew Carnahan (Moundsville, W.Va.) sent a laser off of the left field fence for a run-scoring double.
After both teams went scoreless over the next two innings, Capital tied the ballgame up in the bottom of the fourth when freshman Zachary Ary (London, Ohio) blasted a triple to the right-center field gap, scoring Colburn and Underwood.
In their next at-bat, the Quakers gifted the Crusaders the lead. Wilmington reliever Sam Cranor (L, 1-3) hit Alexander Smith to lead the inning off. The freshman then advanced to second on a balk and then swiped third following a wild pitch. Sophomore Logan Bastin (Mansfield, Ohio) then flied out to center field, scoring Smith and giving Capital the lead.
Wilmington tied it back up in the top of the sixth when sophomore Jacob Sheaf (Cincinnati, Ohio) walked in a run, but Capital's offense quickly picked it up and scored seven runs in the next three innings. Underwood's double down the left-field line gave the Crusaders the lead. Sophomore Jake Foley (Pataskala, Ohio/Licking Heights) added another run with a two-out, RBI single.
Colburn helped Capital put up a four-run seventh inning with his two-run single. A balk and an error helped the Crusaders place two more runs on the board and take a 10-4 lead. Carnahan plated a second run with a sac fly in the eighth.
Sheaf earned the win, improving to 3-1 overall after going six innings and allowing one earned run on five hits, He walked two and struck out two hitters. Brendon Borkey cleaned up the final two innings, striking out four in the process.
GAME 2 vs. Wilmington College, W 11-4
|Shane Wellman, So., RHP|
The middle innings proved to be where the runs would come, but Capital's Shane Wellman's 10-strikeout performance stole the show in his team's second 11-4 win of the day.
Wellman (W, 1-2) struck out two hitters in each of the first four innings on his way to his first win of the season. He retired eight straight hitters out of the gate and nine of the first 10 Quakers to approach the plate. The sophomore recorded a new career high 10 strikeouts after punching out Dustin Niehaus for the fourth time in the seventh inning.
Wellman's previous career high was nine strikeouts, which was recorded against Alma College in a no-decision during the team's spring trip to Florida.
Capital struck first in the opening frame when Smith knocked a base hit to center field, but a bad hop turned a single into a triple. Bastin then drove Smith home on a sacrifice fly.
Junior Tyler Cetnarowski (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) began a three-run fourth inning with a triple to deep center field and was brought around by Underwood's second run-scoring hit of the day. He and Christian Ross later came around to score as a result of the second error of the inning. Another error the next inning bulked up Capital's lead to 6-1.
Capital added another three-run inning in the eighth with four singles that began with Tyler Gibbons. Carnahan, Cetnarowski and Colburn all plated runs with RBI base hits in the inning.
The win improves Capital's overall record to 11-10 and brings their conference record to 3-3 heading into Tuesday's nonconference game against Denison University. The Big Red and the Crusaders will square off at 4:30 p.m. from Clowson Field.