Baseball Falls to Lyndon State, 4-1

Photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography
Photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Capital University baseball team lost to Lyndon State University on Wednesday at Lake Myrtle Park in Auburndale, Florida. The Crusaders were held to just five hits in its 4-1 loss to the Hornets. They will head into an off day as they continue in its stay at the RussMatt Invitational.

Capital's lone run came in the bottom of the ninth when leadoff hitter Connor Richardson (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsburg - Summit) knocked out a double and later scored when Drew Ellis (Doylestown, Ohio/Chippewa) batted him home with a one-out run-scoring double. Tom Cavanaugh and Brandon Barnette drew two-out walks at the bottom of the lineup to load the bases and put the tying run on first. Bryce Grisez, representing game-winning run, then popped out to Lyndon State shortstop Sam Ognenoff to end the game.

The Hornets sprinkled four runs over the first six innings. Their first came in the top of the second inning by way of a hit batsman, walk and two passed balls. The eventual game-winning run came in the third when a leadoff single turned into two batters later when Tucker Root drove home the run on an RBI single.

Lyndon State added two more runs in the sixth to bolster its lead while the Hornets' bullpen kept the Crusaders off the board to preserve the win for Jake Jourdain (W, 1-0).

Junior Alex Stefanelli (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville North) led the Crusaders with two base hits and a run scored. Drew Ellis

The Crusaders will return to the diamond on Wednesday, February 27, when they play Rose-Hulman College (Ind.) at Lake Myrtle Park. First pitch is set for 10 a.m.