Crusaders Take Two More in Florida
Hanover Box Score
SUNY Canton Box Score
CLERMONT, Fla. – The Capital University softball team continued its spring break trip with victories over Hanover (Ind.) and SUNY Canton (N.Y.) on Thursday at the National Training Center Softball Complex.
The Crusaders (5-1 overall) beat Hanover 3-2 in their first contest before defeating SUNY Canton 17-5 to complete their third day of action with a sweep.
Capital pounded out 16 hits against the Roos (0-6), scoring nine times in the bottom of the fourth to break open a three-run game. Senior right fielder Katie Neely (Sugar Grove, Ohio) paced a balanced Crusader offensive attack with three hits, three runs scored and three runs batted in. Sophomore centerfielder Kelsey Swain (Pickerington, Ohio) also knocked in three runs and was one of six players with two hits or more. All nine hitters in the starting lineup finished with at least a hit.
Sophomore pitcher Brooke Billings (Clyde, Ohio) picked up the win to move to 3-0 for the season. Billings pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief of starter Alyssa Patznick (Newark, Ohio), who struck out six in 3 2/3 frames.
In the first game of the day, Capital scored three unanswered runs after trailing 2-0 on a two-run homer in the first inning by Hanover. The Crusaders' top three hitters in the batting order – senior shortstop Devan Boggs (West Jefferson, Ohio), Swain and senior first baseman Lexi Majoy (Huron, Ohio; above) – each delivered two-out, run-scoring hits.
Swain and Majoy recorded their hits in the top of the fifth. Swain dumped a single into shallow left field to score freshman second baseman Brooklyn Staten (Grove City, Ohio) from third. Swain then came around on Majoy's double to deep center field to tie the contest.
Boggs gave Capital the lead for good, rolling one through the right side with two outs to score freshman third baseman Katlyn Simpson (Loudonville, Ohio).
After allowing the two first-inning runs, Billings settled down and moved to 2-0 with the complete-game effort. She scattered six hits over seven innings while walking just two and striking out six.
Staten and Simpson each tallied two hits, while Majoy totaled three hits. The Crusaders left nine on base, while the Panthers (0-7) left seven.
The Crusaders wrap up play in Florida tomorrow with a pair of games. Capital takes on Johnson & Wales (R.I.) at 9 a.m., followed by the team's second game of the trip against Alma (Mich.) at 1 p.m.