Home Runs Steer Crusaders to Doubleheader Sweep
COLUMBUS – The Capital University softball team extended its winning streak to five games Wednesday with consecutive victories over Mount St. Joseph in a non-conference doubleheader at Clowson Field.
The Crusaders (14-6 overall) defeated the Lions 12-0 in five innings due to run rule in the opener. The second affair, an 8-2 Capital triumph, was shortened to five innings due to darkness.
In the first contest, the Crusaders erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, highlighted by back-to-back-to-back home runs by senior first baseman Lexi Majoy (Huron, Ohio), sophomore catcher Maura Rose (Williamsport, Pa.) and freshman designated player Sarah Nist (North Canton, Ohio). Majoy started the rash of homers with a three-run shot to left center, her fourth of the season, before Rose and Nist added consecutive solo homers.
Sophomore left fielder LeAnna Cotton (Okeechobee, Fla.) started the big fourth-inning rally with a run-scoring single up the middle. One batter later, senior shortstop Devan Boggs plated Cotton and freshman third baseman Katlyn Simpson (Loudonville, Ohio) with a triple down to the right field corner.
Majoy, who had four RBIs, was one of five Capital players with two hits in the affair. Boggs totaled three RBIs for the contest.
Sophomore pitcher Brooke Billings moved to 7-3 on the year with a complete-game victory. The Clyde, Ohio, native held Mount St. Joseph (4-14) to just one hit and one walk.
The Crusaders plated four runs in the second inning of the nightcap, highlighted by a three-run homer by Boggs, her fourth of the year. The All-American extended her hitting streak to 16 games and finished 2-for-3 with a run and four RBIs.
Sophomore centerfielder Kelsey Swain (Pickerington, Ohio) finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Cotton registered two hits, a walk, a run scored and one RBI. Freshman second baseman Brooklyn Staten (Grove City, Ohio) added a pair of hits, while Majoy, Rose and Nist all knocked in a run.
Sophomore Alyssa Patznick (Newark, Ohio) pitched all five innings for the complete-game win. She struck out six in the outing.
Capital returns to Ohio Athletic Conference play and concludes its three-date home stand this Saturday against Marietta. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Clowson Field.