By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Softball got back into the win column not once, but twice on Thursday afternoon by sweeping the Oberlin College Yeowomen at Clawson Field. Capital took care of Oberlin in five innings in game one and saved some dramatics for game two. The Crusaders then completed the sweep with a walk-off win in the nightcap.
GAME 1 - Oberlin 1, Capital 9 (F/5)
Though Oberlin scored first in game one, Capital came back with a vengeance with nine unanswered runs and ended the game in five innings.
Capital made its first mark on the scoresheet with a three-run second inning. With Bailey Walter on third, Morgan Fadel singled to center to tie the game. Freshman Erica Ogden then rocked a double, the first impactful extra-base hit she would have on the day, to give Capital the lead. Pam Vickers then added a third run with a single to center.
After plating another run in the fourth, the Crusaders then erupted for five runs in the fifth to end the game prematurely. More impressively, all five runs were scored with two outs. Ogden rattled off another two-bagger to score two runs and later came around to score on a hustle play when Vickers hit an infield single. Alyx Slusher loaded the bases with a single and then Cory Mangen was hit by a pitch to make the score 8-1. Kristen Mellott, who started the inning, then came back and roped a single to center field that scored the clinching run.
While the offense put on a show, junior Brianna Reardon (W, 6-16) quietly did a job in the circle by limiting the Yeowomen to just two hits on the day.
GAME 2 - Oberlin 1, Capital 2
Once again, Oberlin struck first by using heads up base running in a first and third situation. With the runner at first in motion, the throw was cut off and the throw to the plate late. However, two innings later Ogden struck again with another clutch extra-base hit. Ogden launched her third home run of the year over the center field fence to tie the game, 1-1.
Capital's Brianna Reardon held the Yeowomen scoreless for two more innings and prevented Oberlin from scoring with two runners in scoring position to turn the page and allow the offense to work.
Kelli Wright-Lovel then came in to pinch hit for Capital and led off with a single deep in the hole to short that she beat out. Kristen Mellott then dropped down a bunt and the attempt to get the force at second failed, leaving two on with one out. Both runners advanced one base when Bailey Walter grounded out, leaving the game in the hands of Haleigh Luce. Luce battled in the at-bat and facing a two-strike count roped a grounder through the left side of the infield to allow Wright-Lovell to score the winning run for the walk-off win, 2-1.
Reardon earned her second win of the day for win number seven on the season after coming into the game in a relief effort.
Erica Ogden finished the day having gone a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with four RBIs and four runs scored.
Capital will wrap up the season this Saturday at the University of Mount Union in Alliance. Game times are set for 1 and 3 p.m.