COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sunday featured battles between the Ohio Athletic Conference's top-two teams as the Capital University Crusaders hosted Heidelberg University at Clowson Field. Both teams brought their heavy hitters on a day that saw six home runs. The Crusaders showed a lot of grit in game one before suffering a tough loss in game two.
Game 1 vs. Heidelberg W, 8-7
The Crusaders (19-8, 10-2 OAC) banged out 13 hits against the Student Princes (21-5, 10-2 OAC) but none were bigger than the hits that came in the bottom of the third.
Staring at 4-0 hole, senior catcher Maura Rose (Williamsport, Pa.) stepped to the plate with two runners on base. Rose added to her team-leading home run total with a homer over the center-field fence. The three-RBI home run quickly brought the Crusaders within one run.
One at bat later, Alyssa Patznick (Newark, Ohio) followed up with a nearly identical homer to tie the game up at four.
Capital's lead was short lived as the Student Princes took advantage of three fourth-inning errors to score a trio of runs to go up, 7-4.
After an RBI single from Brooklyn Staten (Grove City, Ohio) the two teams were scoreless until the Crusaders heated up in the bottom of the sixth.
Ashley Knowles (Canton, Ohio) and Kelsey Swain (Pickerington, Ohio) got on base with a pair of singles before an error by Heidelberg's shortstop loaded the bases, allowing Staten to reach first base. LeAnna Cotton (Okeechobee, Fla.) added to her team-leading RBI total with a shot to third base, bringing in Knowles for the score.
Rose provided another spark to Capital with the two-RBI single as Staten and Swain crossed the plate for the game-winning scores.
Sophomore pitcher Amber Martinelli (Allison Park, Pa.) received the win after pitching for five innings, striking out four batters. Her record improves to 5-0 on the season.
Game 2 vs. Heidelberg L, 14-0
Pitching and hitting troubles plagued the Crusaders in their shortened game-two loss against the Student Princes.
Heidelberg blasted three home runs in the first two innings to jump out to a 10-0 lead. Of their 14 hits, seven of them came in the second inning, resulting in seven runs. The Student Princes added a fourth homer in the top of the fourth to cap off their 14-0 victory.
Heidelberg's pitcher, Paige Atterholt pitched a no-hitter while recording a pair of strikeouts.
The Crusaders used three pitchers but it was Brooke Billings (Clyde, Ohio) who received the loss after allowing five hits and four runs.
Capital will return to the diamond with a road double header against Marietta on Tuesday, April 14 at 3 p.m.