DELAWARE, Ohio – The Capital University baseball team took away one win in its doubleheader against Ohio Wesleyan University on Thursday evening. In what was scheduled to be two seven-inning contests, Capital won game one, 11-6 in eight innings, before being defeated 14-1 in six innings in game two.
GAME 1 – Capital 11, Ohio Wesleyan 6 (Final – 8 innings)
Capital trailed in game one, 5-1, after three innings of play, but bounced back with a four-run sixth to tie the game. Sophomore Jake Foley (Pataskala, Ohio/Licking Heights) made it a one-run game with one swing of the bat, drilling a three-run home run over the left-center field fence. Following the blast, sophomore Logan Bastin (Mansfield, Ohio) and senior Matthew Carnahan (Moundsville, W.Va.) hit back-to-back doubles to tie the game, 4-4.
Both teams went scoreless in the seventh inning, forcing extras to be played at Littick Field. It only took one extra stanza for the Crusaders' offense to explode. Six straight Capital batters reached base safely, with extra-base hits from sophomore Brett Colburn (Liberty Township, Ohio) and freshman Zackary Ary (London, Ohio). With the bases loaded, Colburn laced a double to left and two batters later, Ary hit the hole in right center for a two-RBI three-bagger. A balk and a wild pitch helped push two more runs across the plate to build the five-run lead.
Freshman Joseph Borkey (Kirtland Hills, Ohio) earned the win, pitching the final three innings of the game. He improved to 3-1 on the season, allowing just four hits and the run in Ohio Wesleyan's final at bat.
Bastin finished the game hitting 4-for-5 with a run scored and one RBI. Colburn went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Foley led the team with three RBIs. Off the bench, Ary went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
GAME 2 – Capital 1, Ohio Wesleyan 14 (Final – 6 innings)
The tables were turned in game two, where Ohio Wesleyan scored nine runs between the second and fourth innings. The Capital pitching staff struggled, surrendering 14 runs on 13 hits, and four Capital errors allowed a total of seven unearned runs over the first five innings.
Capital's offense struggled, popping out just four hits and one run. It's lone run was a product of a ground out to the right side, but was unearned due to a passed ball that advanced Tyler Cetnarowski, who scored on the play.
The game was shortened to six innings due to lack of light.
Capital is now 14-21 on the year heading into its final games of the season. The Crusaders will host Baldwin Wallace University for its Senior Day on Friday, May 1, at Clowson Field.