BEREA, Ohio – The Capital University softball team got off to a strong start in its first Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader of the season. Capital recorded two shutouts, defeating Baldwin Wallace 5-0 in the first game, before winning the second game in six innings by a score of 10-0.
GAME 1 vs. Baldwin Wallace, W 5-0
Brooke Billings (Clyde, Ohio) stole the show when she tossed a two-hit, shut-out gem against the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets to start the day for Capital. Billings struck out four BW hitters while walking just two.
The Capital bats returned to life, led by Kelsey Swain (Pickerington, Ohio/North) and Marisa Koss (Ostrander, Ohio), each of whom recorded three hits in game one. The Crusaders got on the board in the top of the first inning by way of a grounder from LeAnna Cotton. While the Yellow Jackets recorded two outs, Swain scored from the third on the play.
Maura Rose (Williamsport, Pa.) then unloaded her third home run of the season, a solo shot, to double up Capital's lead. Swain again added to that lead with an RBI triple in fifth inning, scoring Billings.
Koss' most impactful hit of the day came the very next inning when she launched her third home run to keep pace with Rose, this also a solo shot. She added a second RBI with a run-scoring single to score Swain and increase their lead to 5-0 heading into Baldwin Wallace's final at bat.
GAME 2 vs. Baldwin Wallace, W 10-0 (6 innings)
LeAnna Cotton (Okeechobee, Fla.) got the Crusaders on the board early, scoring Swain from third with a triple down the right-field line. A throwing error from BW would eventually allow Cotton to reach home plate to extend Capital's lead to 2-0 in the first inning.
After scoring a run in the third and fourth innings, the Crusaders looked to take control in the fifth inning. Cotton returned to the plate and recorded her second RBI of the game with a double to right-center field. Rose followed up with a home run to center field.
Capital loaded the bases after two walks and a batter getting hit by a pitch before a third batter was walked to score Capital's eight run of the game. Koss helped score the final two runs with a single to the left-field gap, scoring Cotton and Swain.
Brooklyn Staten (Grove City, Ohio), Cotton, and Swain each scored two runs apiece. Koss went 3-for-4 at the plate, recording two RBIs and a run.
Alyssa Patznick (Newark, Ohio) started and finished the game at pitcher, finishing with 11 strikeouts, five walks, and she allowed six hits. Her record now stands at 4-2 on the season.
Capital returns to the diamond on Monday, March 23 in Springfield, Ohio against Wittenberg University (6-6). Game one of the doubleheader is set for 3:30 p.m.