COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University baseball team held their own but fell twice at the hands of Marietta College on Tuesday afternoon at Clowson Field. Capital's offense was held to a combined seven hits in its losses by scores of 9-0 and 7-3.
GAME 1 – Marietta 9, Capital 0
Capital was held to just three hits over the course of game one, two of which came in the second inning. In that frame, Capital grounded into a double play and then ended the inning when sophomore Tyler Gibbons (Liberty Township, Ohio) dropped a single into right field but tagged out while rounding the bag after the throw came in from right field.
Marietta broke the game open with a five-run sixth inning, adding to its 2-0 lead. Sophomore Jacob Sheaf (Cincinnati, Ohio) was pulled after allowing a two-run single to nine-hitter Christian Demko and was responsible for a total of six of Marietta's nine runs. Sheaf (L, 3-2) took the loss but struck out six hitters in the process.
The Pioneers added two more runs in the eighth inning as a byproduct of reliever Casey Hamrick beginning the inning with a walk and a hit batsman. Marietta brought both of those runners around to bring its lead to nine runs.
Freshman Ian Luttrell went the distance for the complete-game shutout, limiting Capital to just three hits over nine innings. He struck out four Crusaders while walking just one on a total of 83 pitches.
GAME 2 – Marietta 7, Capital 3
The Crusaders held their own for seven innings of game number two, taking a 3-2 lead into the eighth.
In his third inning of work, relief pitcher Joseph Borkey (Kirtland Hills, Ohio) lost the lead by surrendering back-to-back singles and then loaded the bases when he fielded a bunt off of the mount and unsuccessfully attempted to get the lead runner on a sacrifice attempt. The next batter, Tim McCoy, recorded his lone hit in six at-bats, a two-run single that gave Marietta its first lead of the game.
Sophomore Shane Wellman (Moundsville, W.Va.) ended the inning, but the Pioneers nicked him up for two more runs, both unearned, in the ninth. Jake Newton's two-run single put Marietta up 7-3, a lead they held with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Capital took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning when Marietta starting pitcher Corey Whaley loaded the bases with two walks and a single, then hit sophomore Joe Swisher (Westerville, Ohio/Central) to score Capital's first run. Freshman Zachary Ary (London, Ohio) pushed Capital's second run across by grounding into a fielder's choice to the third base side and beating out what would have been an inning-ending double play.
Ary later scored in the fifth inning after leading off with a double down the left-field line. Another fielder's choice allowed him to score from third two batters later.
Capital would record only two hits from the sixth inning, on.
Christian Herstine (W, 3-3) earned the win for Marietta after closing out the last three innings, allowing just one hit and striking out one by serving up a healthy dose of fastballs.
Capital's next game is a nonconference contest on the road at Kenyon College, Thursday, April 16. The Crusaders' next home game will return them to Clowson Field where they will host John Carroll University at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.