ALLIANCE, Ohio – On Saturday afternoon, the Capital University baseball team was downed twice by the University of Mount Union by scored of 11-7 and 11-5. The Purple Raiders' early-inning success paced them for the doubleheader sweep.
GAME 1 – Capital 7, Mount Union 11
After Capital fell behind 6-0 through three innings, Capital responded with two runs in the fourth inning off of a sacrifice fly by senior Austin Underwood (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Bishop Hartley) followed by a single from freshman Zachary Ary (London, Ohio). However, Mount Union responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame by way of three consecutive singles by the Raiders.
Capital got right back into it with a four-run sixth by taking advantage of Mount Union pitcher Wes Kemp (W, 3-3) walking the bases loaded to open the inning. Junior Tyler Cetnarowski (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) and freshman Daniel Walters (Concord, Ohio) drove in runs with back-to-back run-scoring singles, followed by a sac fly by sophomore Brett Colburn (Liberty Township, Ohio).
Mount Union put the game away with two more runs in the bottom of the seventh while Mitch McCristall (S, 1) put together a long four-inning save by preserving the Raiders' lead.
Sophomore Shane Wellman (Moundsville, W.Va.) took the loss to fall to 1-3 on the year, allowing nine runs (seven earned) on 10 hits over five innings of work.
Walters had a three-hit game, going 3-for-4 with one run scored and one run-batted-in.
GAME 2 – Capital 5, Mount Union 11
Mount Union scored eight runs in the first three innings to launch them toward the series sweep. Freshman Connor Golden (L, 2-2) allowed six runs on four hits and five walks in his 1.1 innings of work. Senior Derek Colston (Port Clinton, Ohio) entered but surrendered four runs on seven hits over his 3.2 innings of work.
Back-to-back doubles by Cetnarowski and Walters put the Crusaders on the board in the fourth inning, and the Crusaders added two more runs in the fifth with three consecutive base hits from the top of the lineup, but the Raiders responded with three more runs over the next two innings to negate their progress and roll to victory.
Cetnarowski and Logan Bastin both strung together three-hit games to lead the offense though the Crusaders left nine men on base, including four in scoring position. Capital was outhit by just one while accumulating 13 base knocks over the course of the game.
Mount Union's Kyle Toma (W, 6-1) took the win, allowing four runs over 6.2 innings.
Capital (12-13, 4-6 OAC) will host Marietta College on Tuesday, April 14 at Clowson Field in their next action. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.