By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University softball team took the diamond for the final time this season against the University of Mount Union on Saturday afternoon. The Purple Raiders spoiled Senior Day by defeating the Crusaders 2-1 (F/8) and 11-6.
GAME 1 - Capital 1, Mount Union 2 (F/8)
Brianna Reardon and Peyton Morrison engaged in a classic pitcher's duel that went into an eighth inning to determine a winner. Reardon and the Capital defense extinguished multiple Mount Union scoring chances throughout the game, stranding six runners but only two of those in scoring position.
Capital also had its chances to score but Morgan Fadel was called out twice when trying to run the bases aggressively. In the first, she was pegged at third attempting to take advantage of a ball in dirt on a swinging third strike, and then two innings later she was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on Alyx Slusher's single up the middle.
After going scoreless through six innings, Mount Union used a leadoff single and sacrifice bunt to set the table for pinch hitter Morgan Riley's RBI single to give the Purple Raiders the lead. Capital responded in the home half of the sixth when Erica Ogden led the inning off with a single then with two bunts moved to third with one out. A wild pitch by Morrison allowed her to score, tie the game, and force extra innings.
The game did not stay tied for long, however. Savannah Miner led the top of the eighth off with a walk then moved to second on a sac bunt. Maggie Dominick flied out to right and Miner tagged up to go to third. Capital right fielder Hannah Martin's throw was off line and flew past third, allowing Miner to score on the play.
Morrison then went on to induce a 6-4-3 double play to end game one, 2-1, in Mount Union's favor.
GAME 2 - Capital 6, Mount Union 11
Game two turned out to be a different story as Mount Union scored six times in the first three innings to drive Mount Union to an 11-6 win and the sweep.
Chevonne Hayslett (L, 4-11) earned the start but surrendered eight runs, six earned, in 3.1 innings of work. The first two runs she allowed were unearned after an error to open the game prolonged the inning and a second allowed another to score later in the inning.
Payton Guspyt shot a solo homer to center field in the second to drive the score to 3-0, then four consecutive base hits, including a two-RBI double by Natalie Martin, broke it open at 6-0. Hayslett's day came to an end after Maddie Pidgeon hit a two-run home run to make for an 8-0 score, though Reardon surrendered a solo shot to her first batter.
Capital scored twice in the fourth and fifth innings to chip into the Purple Raider lead with run-scoring hits coming from Hannah Martin, Kristen Mellott and Erica Ogden. Cory Mangen also added an RBI sac fly in that mix. Cap's rally made the score 9-4.
Both teams swapped runs in the sixth and seventh innings, but CU did not get any closer and lost 11-6.
Capital's season has now come to an end with an overall record of 12-28 and a conference record of 4-14.
Between games one and two, Capital's senior class of 2019 was honored for their contributions to the program alongside their families. Special thanks go to seniors Chevonne Hayslett, Kristen Mellott, and Brianna Reardon.