By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Softball hosted non-conference opponent Denison University on Thursday at Clowson Field but the team's bats went quiet in a pair of losses. The Big Red claimed the first game 6-0 and then won the second 9-0 in five innings.
Game 1 – Denison 6, Capital 0
Denison started the first game of the day hot with a leadoff single and then two batters later the Big Red opened the scoring with an RBI double down the line in left. Alyx Slusher started things off for Capital with a walk in the bottom of the first but the next three batters went down in order.
The Big Red added to its lead in the second with a pair of two-out runs. Denison's first two batters of the inning grounded out to second base but the next two singled and then Emilie Fisher doubled them both home.
Neither team could muster any offense from that point on until the seventh inning when Denison added to its lead and sealed the game. A double, single and then stolen base put two Denison runners in scoring position and both scored on a single. Denison added a third run with another RBI single.
Mycala Duhart singled as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the seventh but that was all the offense Capital could generate before recording their third and final out.
Slusher finished the game 1-for-2 with the walk and five other Crusaders recorded one hit. Pitcher Madrienne Herdlick got the start in the circle and gave up three runs in two innings before being relieved by Chevonne Hayslett. Hayslett also allowed three runs and struck out two in five innings.
Game 2 – Denison 9, Capital 0
Denison had a quick start in the second game as well with four runs in the top of the second inning with a run-scoring double, two RBI singles and a groundout that scored a run. Laura Bagan launched a solo home run in the third inning as part of a two-run frame for Denison and Fisher homered in the fourth inning to put the Big Red up 7-0.
A run-scoring double and sac fly in the seventh completed the scoring for Denison. With Capital down to their final three outs, Duhart again singled to lead off the inning and later advanced to second safely after a throwing error by Denison's shortstop that allowed Morgan Fadel to reach first safely as well. Hayslett then grounded out but moved both runners over before Kristen Mellot grounded out to end the game.
Fadel was 2-for-3 at the plate and Cory Mangen was 2-for-2 with a double. Brianna Reardon started the game in the circle and allowed four runs in two innings. Kim Rega then allowed a pair of runs, one earned, in 0.1 innings and Hayslett finished the game.
The Crusaders will return to Ohio Athletic Conference play this upcoming weekend when they head to Marietta College to play the Pioneers on Saturday, April 6. First pitch of Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.