The Denison softball team saw its five-game winning streak snapped as they dropped a pair to Capital University on Thursday in Granville. The Big Red fell 2-1 in the opener and saw their late rally fall short in the nightcap, 8-6.
The two teams combined for nine hits and three runs in game one of the twinbill. DU struck first in the top of the third when an errant throw by Capital shortstop Jessica Robinson allowed freshman Kerry Hager to score. The Crusaders tied the contest in the top of the fourth when a base hit by Katlyn Simpson scored Brooklyn Staten, who reached base on a Big Red throwing error.
The score remained tied until the sixth when a single through the left side by Maura Rose plated Staten. Senior Meghan Edwards led off the bottom of the frame with a double to center. However, a pair of fly outs and a strikeout got Brooke Billings out of the inning.
Hager, Edwards, Julie Rooney, Lindsey Kenyon and Anna Balch all recorded hits for Denison. Senior pitcher Rebecca Dyer saw her scoreless innings streak come to an end with the unearned run in the fourth. Dyer (6-3) suffered the hard-luck loss after allowing just one earned run on four hits with six strikeouts. The senior's scoreless streak ended at 29.2 innings.
In game two, Capital jumped out to an 8-0 lead thanks to four runs in the second and two runs in both the fourth and sixth innings. Just three outs away from calling it an early night, the Big Red offense finally came alive after mustering just one hit through the first five innings.
Kenyon got things started with a lead-off walk. Rooney followed with a base hit to short left center, while pinch hitter Balch loaded the bases after being struck by a pitch. With Erin Laswell at the plate, catcher Sarah Nist made an errant throw to third that allowed Kenyon to score DU's first run. Laswell eventually worked a walk to load the bases once again. With two outs and the bases still full, Hager lined a single up the middle that scored Ellen McDevitt-Stredney.
The big blow of the inning came off the bat of senior Rachel Laughlin who ripped a bases-clearing triple to right center, shrinking the deficit to 8-5. The senior came around to score on a double by Ryan Lee off Billings who had just entered the game in relief of Alyssa Patznick. The Big Red got the game-tying run on in the seventh, but a strikeout by Billings completed the sweep for Capital.
Laughlin drove in three and scored once, while Hager also had an RBI and a run scored. Senior Kelsey Hager suffered the loss after giving up six runs on nine hits in four innings of work. Freshman Lindsay Divack tossed the final three frames, surrendering two runs on four hits.
Denison falls to 11-9, while Capital improves to 16-12. The Big Red continues nonconference play on Saturday when they host Case Western Reserve on Alumni Day. Game one of the doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.