By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The countdown of the Top 10 Moments of 2018-19 has begun for Capital University Athletics. Over the next five weeks, we will unveil the moments and accomplishments that made the last athletic year memorable for those competing or those following along. Join us as we traverse through the top moments of last year and feel free to weigh in on how you think they stack up to your own top 10 list.
Top Moment #4: Hayslett's Remarkable Day On and Off the Diamond Defines #D3Life
The coaches and counselors speak it, but the players live it. When you talk about Division III athletics you hear the emphasis on the word "student" in student-athlete. While some cackle at the notion, Capital student-athletes make it real. Our next top moment is a perfect example of that.
On April 16, Capital Softball hosted Wilmington College at Clowson Field in what seemed like a normal mid-week OAC doubleheader. The first curveball the Crusaders had to adjust for was a class commitment for number one starter Brianna Reardon, which forced Chevonne Hayslett to step up in her place. Using less than 100 pitches, Hayslett went the distance and allowed just two runs in seven innings of work and with her RBI single in the fifth put Cap in a position for its first of two walk-off wins.
Tied 2-2 and with a runner at third base after a bit of small ball, senior Kristen Mellott strolled to the plate and roped the game-winning single to take game one, 3-2.
Reardon returned to pitch game two, but the Crusaders would be without their starting catcher for at least the first few innings. Hayslett had to make a group presentation for a public relations class designed to raise awareness of homelessness in Columbus and Franklin County. It was presented to the leadership of Fahlgren Mortine Integrated Marketing and Communications Agency, which is also a partner of Capital University.
The heroine would return, however.
Rushing back and forth between campus and the field, Hayslett was able to rejoin the team prior to the start of the second inning, and not a moment too soon. She strapped up the gear and went back in to catch, but her contributions to help Cap pull off the win came elsewhere.
Tied 3-3, Hayslett went 1-2-3 in the eighth to set the table for the grand finale. After the first two hitters recorded outs, Hayslett stepped up to the plate and wasted no time setting off the fireworks. On the first pitch she saw from Wilmington's Haley Grau, she crushed a no-doubter over the center field fence to give the Crusaders the walk-off win, 4-3. Not only did she launch the game-winning hit, but she also landed her second win in the circle that day.
If that wasn't enough, Hayslett had to pack up once again and rush out to another class commitment after the game.
The senior from Miamisburg had herself a hay day on and off the diamond, apropos for a Division III STUDENT-athlete.
Honorable Mention: Mukensturm has a day with 10 K's in complete-game win over ONU
While game one did not go as planned, Capital was able to steal the nightcap away from Ohio Northern on the ball diamond at Clowson. That effort was led by a career performance from senior pitcher Alex Mukensturm. Mukensturm struck out a career-high 10 batters and pitched a complete game in Cap's 5-1 victory over the Polar Bears on April 1. No foolin', Muk froze'm!
Relive the Top 10 Moments
Moment #10 - Josh Miller Earns First Career OAC Championship -- link
Moment #9 - Men's Soccer Earns NCAA Tournament Win in Second Consecutive Year -- link
Moment #8 – Men's Lacrosse Clinches 9-0 OAC Season and Regular Season Title with Win over Mount Union -- link
Moment #7 – Logan Holbrook Sets 18- and 36-Hole Records en Route to Tournament Win -- link
Moment #6 – Men's Basketball Survives Overtime Contest for First NCAA Tournament Win Since 2012 -- link
Moment #5 - Women's Hoops Hits Three Buzzer-Beaters in a Single Game to Pull Off Win Over First-Place John Carroll -- link
Moment #4 - Hayslett's Remarkable Day On and Off the Diamond Defines #D3Life -- link
Moment #3 - Wednesday, July 10
Moment #2 - Monday, July 15
Moment #1 - Wednesday, July 17