SALISBURY, Md. – The Capital University softball team wrapped up it Maryland trip, splitting its games on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders defeated Ursinus College before suffering a loss to second-ranked Salisbury University.
Game 1 vs. Ursinus | W, 14-8
The Crusaders had a quiet first two innings as it entered the bottom of the third facing a 2-1 deficit.
Senior catcher Maura Rose (Williamsport, Pa.) quickly erased the deficit with her second home run of the season as she smacked it over the left field fence. The homer brought in teammate LeAnna Cotton (Okeechobee, Fla.), who singled the previous at bat. Senior pitcher Alyssa Patznick (Newark, Ohio) then singled to right field, before advancing to second base on a Julia Jennings (Dover, Ohio) single. The bases became loaded when Therese Becker (South Euclid, Ohio) was hit by pitch. Junior Ashley Knowles (Canton, Ohio) singled up the middle to bring in Patznick and Jennings. The flurry helped Capital (8-4) grab a 5-2 lead.
Ursinus (6-5) regained the lead in the top of the fifth inning after it scored five runs. With the bases loaded, a fielding error allowed Casey Derella to reach first base as teammate, Samantha Ali reached home plate.
Two batters later and the bases still loaded, Shelby Edelson brought in two runners as she singled up the middle.
Kaitlyn Willis helped score the last two runs of the inning when she to score two runners from second and third bases.
Trailing 7-5 in the bottom of the fifth inning Becker found the right-field gap to get on second base. During the next sequence, an error by the Bears allowed Knowles to reach second base, sending Becker across home plate for the score.
Cotton was determined to erase Ursinus' lead for good as she approached the plate with two runners on base. The senior homered to left-center field to make the score 9-7 in favor of the Crusaders.
Cotton struck again in the bottom of the sixth inning, sending another ball over the fence to damage any comeback hopes that Ursinus had. The home run extended Capital's lead to 13-8.
Brooke Billings (Clyde, Ohio) pitched two innings, allowing three hits and one run.
The Crusaders held an 18-11 advantage in hits. Cotton, Rose, and Marisa Koss (Ostrander, Ohio) each had three apiece.
Game 2 vs. Salisbury | L, 11-0
Capital struggled to send No. 2 Salisbury to the dugout early on as Billings was forced to throw 39 pitches in the first inning. The Sea Gulls jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first two innings.
In the bottom of the second inning, Kim Dorsey foreshadowed the following events with a homer to right field. LeAnne Collins followed the homer with a single up the middle before eventually reaching home on a Capital error.
Salisbury (6-1) took control in the bottom of the third, scoring five runs. The first run of the inning was scored when Katie Sebbane was hit by pitch when the bases were loaded. Utility player Paige Knussman stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam to score teammates LeAnne Collins, Dorsey, and Sebbane.
Capital only managed two hits and had three errors.
The Crusaders will play at Clowson Field for the first time this season when it hosts a doubleheader against Bluffton University (7-4) on Thursday, March 19 at 3:30 p.m.