By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Baseball concluded a string of three consecutive non-conference games on Wednesday afternoon with an 8-4 loss to Mount St. Joseph University at Clowson Field.
The Crusaders worked to gain an early lead in the game but surrendered too many runs in the middle innings to overcome. The loss leaves Capital with a 4-13 overall record.
The first run of the game came in the bottom of the first via a run-scoring double from Connor Richardson (Reynoldsburg, Ohio / Reynoldsburg – Summit). Shayne Lyons (Reynoldsburg, Ohio / Reynoldsburg), who reached safely thanks to an error, scored on the play.
Capital pitcher Ryan Metcalf (Newark, Ohio / Newark) made his first career start for the Crusaders and in the first and third innings faced only four batters. In the second he faced only three and was cruising through three scoreless frames. In the fourth though, the Lions led off with consecutive walks and a single allowed them to tie the game. One batter later, Mount St. Joseph took a 2-1 lead on a sacrifice fly.
Things got worse for Capital in the fifth inning as the Lions loaded the bases with back-to-back-to-back singles to start the inning and then a double allowed all three runners to score, increasing Mount St. Joseph's lead to 5-1. An RBI single later followed and the Lions led 6-1.
The Crusaders were able to cut the deficit to 6-3 in their half of the fifth with a two-run double from Konnor Black (Franklin, Ohio / Franklin) but the Lions responded with a scores in the sixth and eighth innings to go ahead 8-3.
Capital added another run in the eighth when Richardson launched his first home run as a Crusader over the fence in left-center field. Richardson, who finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate, leads Capital with 14 RBIs. Black recorded two hits with two RBIs in his five trips to the plate and freshman Tom Cavanaugh (Rochester Hills, Mich. / Notre Dame Prep) went 2-for-2 after entering the game in the sixth inning.
After taking a week off from conference play, the Crusaders will travel to Ohio Athletic Conference foe Ohio Northern University this upcoming weekend for a Saturday doubleheader in Ada, Ohio. First pitch between the Crusaders and Polar Bears on March 30 is scheduled for 1 p.m.