TIFFIN, Ohio – The Capital University baseball team pulled out a solid victory over nationally-ranked Heidelberg University in Friday's split with the Student Princes. The Crusaders defeated the Student Princes 17-12 in game one before being defeated 16-1 in the capper. Capital is now 12-11 overall and 4-4 in Ohio Athletic Conference play heading into a Saturday doubleheader with the University of Mount Union.
GAME 1 – CAPITAL 17, HEIDELBERG 11
After impatiently waiting to get the doubleheader underway thanks to weather delaying action, both teams used that pent up anxiety to produce a total of 29 runs on 33 hits. Capital scored 17 of those runs on 20 hits in its victory.
Capital used the middle innings to quickly rack up runs, scoring 14 times between the second and sixth innings. It standout inning was a five-run fifth, but was answered by the Student Princes in the same fashion. At that point, Capital held a 12-8 lead heading into the latter innings.
Heidelberg began to chip away, scoring one run in each of the next three innings but the Crusaders delivered the knockout blow with a three-run ninth with run-scoring singles by sophomore Justin Ennis (Vista, Calif.), junior Kirby Boehm (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) and senior Austin Underwood (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Bishop Hartley).
Freshman Alexander Smith (Elk Grove, Calif.) had the best single game of his career, going 4-for-6 with three RBIs and three runs scored.
Capital's 20 hits ties the most it has accumulated in a single game this season after having done so on opening day against Brandeis College.
Freshman Joseph Borkey (Kirtland Hills, Ohio) earned his second win of the season to bump his overall record to 2-0 on the year. He relieved Tyler Spears who tossed 4.1 innings before giving the ball up in the fifth. Borkey pitched through the seventh inning and tallied three strikeouts while surrendering two runs.
Sophomore Jacob Sheaf (Cincinnati, Ohio) cleaned up the last two innings to preserve the win.
GAME 2 – CAPITAL 1, HEIDELBERG 16
The Crusaders' fortunes ran out heading into game two where the nationally-ranked Student Princes showed why they are currently ranked No. 4 by D3Baseball.com and the National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
Capital held its own through three innings, keeping Heidelberg off of the board until the third where they scored their first run. In the fourth, the Student Princes erupted for five runs and then followed that inning with a three-run fifth and a five-run sixth inning.
Capital's only answer was an RBI single to center hit by Foley in the fifth inning. Heidelberg continued to score with seven more runs after that point while retiring Capital in each subsequent frame.
Sophomore Brett Colburn (Liberty Township, Ohio) tallied a three-hit performance in game two to lead the Crusaders.
Capital will now get ready for a quick turnaround and a road trip to Alliance, Ohio where the University of Mount Union awaits for two games on Saturday, April 11. First pitch for the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m.