COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University baseball team dropped both ends of Friday's doubleheader against 8th-ranked Baldwin Wallace University. The Crusaders had the upper-hand in game one, before the Yellow Jackets made a late push to take avoid the loss. Pitching and defensive struggles plagued Capital in the nightcap, resulting in a 19-3 defeat.
GAME 1 – Baldwin Wallace 6, Capital 3
Things looked bright for the Crusaders (14-23, 4-14 OAC) as sophomore infielder Logan Bastin (Mansield, Ohio) hit a two-RBI single to score Jake Foley (Pataskala, Ohio) and Joe Swisher (Westerville, Ohio).
Capital's defense remained strong until Baldwin Wallace (31-8, 12-4) began to heat up in the fifth stanza. Zach Ferster led off for the Yellow Jackets with a single to first base. Two batters later, John Taylor got on base with a shot up the middle. He followed his hit by stealing second. Cole Nieto connected on BW's third consecutive hit to begin to score its first run of the game. Kyle Chontos added a run to the scoreboard with a sacrifice fly to bring Taylor across the plate.
The Crusaders regained the lead due to a seventh-inning error by the Yellow Jackets gave them their last run of the contest.
BW's put the Crusaders down for good after a two-RBI double from Spencer Badia capped off a four-run inning that was aided by a pair of errors by Capital.
The Yellow Jackets were more successful at the plate holding a 12-4 advantage in hits over Capital.
Robert Fravel (Port Clinton, Ohio) got the start in the final game of his career. The senior spent seven innings on the mound, collecting four strikeouts.
GAME 2 – Baldwin Wallace 19, Capital 3
The Yellow Jackets grabbed complete control early in the game as they took advantage of Capital's pitching struggles. BW jumped out to a 6-0 lead after scoring five runs on four hits in the second inning.
The fourth inning was BW's most explosive. The Yellow Jackets loaded the bases early which allowed them to score runs at a steady pace. Spencer Badia highlighted the inning by blasting a grand slam. The Crusaders allowed nine runs before the turn of the inning.
The Yellow Jackets slapped 25 hits while collecting 19 RBIs.
Capital used four different pitchers in an effort to slow Baldwin Wallace's offense. Despite pitching only one inning, sophomore pitcher Jacob Sheaf (Cincinnati, Ohio) received the loss after allowing six hits and six runs while walking four batters.