By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
OBERLIN, Ohio – Capital University Softball had a tale of two games on Thursday afternoon when it went up the road to play Oberlin College at Culhane Field. The Crusaders dropped game one by a large margin but then the bats woke up with multiple home runs fueling a big game two victory.
GAME 1 - Capital 1, Oberlin 16 (F/5 innings)
The Yeowomen used a 10-run first inning to fuel its 16-1, five-inning win in game one of the twinbill.
The first inning featured three extra-base hits, including two home runs, and six singles that lead to 10 runs crossing the plate. Oberlin bounced Cap starting pitcher Brianna Reardon (L, 3-7) after scoring five runs without an out being recorded, but continued to hit against reliever Chevonne Hayslett. Five more runs came in to score after the pitching change.
Cap kept the Yeowomen off the board in the second but relinquished six more runs in the third thanks to a pair of run-scoring hits and a grand slam by Anna Slebonik, the third Oberlin homer of the game.
Capital's lone run came in the top of the fifth on Hannah Martin's first career home run that she launched to right center field, breaking up the shutout bid.
Emily Tucci (W, 2-2) went all five innings, surrendered just six hits and one run while striking out one hitter.
GAME 2 - Capital 12, Oberlin 1 (F/5 innings)
The Capital bats came alive in game two and have more than enough support to freshman Kim Rega (W, 1-0) who collected her first collegiate win in the Crusaders' 12-1 victory.
Oberlin's lone run came in the opening frame when a hit batter came around to score later in the inning, but after that, the Crusaders took over and an offensive assault at the plate commenced.
The Crusaders put up crooked numbers in the line score from inning two through five, and it began with a three-run second inning which featured the first of two CU home runs. Rega helped her cause at the plate to score Cap's first run when she singled through the right side to score Hayslett. Sophomore Alyx Slusher (Rockford, Ohio/Parkway) then followed and blasted her second home run of the season, a two-run shot to put CU up, 3-0.
Hayslett then joined the home run parade when she cranked a two-run shot of her own. Her two-run, two-out blast was her second of the season and increased Capital's lead to five after three innings of play.
Three more runs came Capital's way in the fourth when Rega registered her second run-scoring single to score Lauren Kachure following her leadoff double. Ogden later plated Rega with an RBI double to right center and an Oberlin error helped the third run come around to score and make for an 8-1 score.
Rega (pictured right) continued to support her own effort at the plate with a third run-scoring hit, this time for extra bases. In the top of the fifth, the freshman drove two runs home with a double to the gap in right field. A wild pitch later scored her, and another Oberlin error allowed Cap's 12th and final run to score. Rega finished 3-for-3 with four RBIs to lead Cap offensively.
Rega (Independence, Ohio/Independence) did just as well in the circle as she tossed a five-inning complete game to lead Cap to victory. She allowed just four hits, walked just one hitter and struck out one to feed into her first win. After the first inning, Rega did not allow a Yeowoman runner to advance beyond first base.
Hayslett and Slusher nearly had identical offensive lines and combined to go 4-for-5 with four RBIs and two walks. Cap totaled 11 hits to account for its 12 runs.
The win breaks an eight-game losing streak and sends the Crusaders into conference play on a high note. Cap will play its first Ohio Athletic Conference opponent this Saturday, March 23, on the road at John Carroll University. The Blue Streaks and Crusaders will clash at Bracken Field beginning at 1 p.m. for two games.