CWRU Baseball to Host Chicago for Weekend Four-Game Series

CWRU Baseball to Host Chicago for Weekend Four-Game Series

With its University Athletic Association schedule complete, the Case Western Reserve University baseball team will turn its attention towards a four-game series against the University of Chicago this weekend, with doubleheaders scheduled for a noon start on both Saturday, April 23rd and Sunday, April 24th.

 

Live Coverage

Live video coverage of all four games are available at http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/live.  In addition, live statistics for each game are available at the links below:

Saturday, April 22nd
Game 1 (12:00 PM): http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2016-17/boxscores/20170422_1ibv.xml
Game 2 (3:00 PM): http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2016-17/boxscores/20170422_59ox.xml

Sunday, April 23rd
Game 3 (12:00 PM): http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2016-17/boxscores/20170423_i6rz.xml
Game 4 (3:00 PM): http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2016-17/boxscores/20170423_hhg5.xml  

 

UAA Standings

 
 
 

UAA

UAA Win %

Overall

1.

#20 Washington (Mo.)

6-2

.750

18-8

2.

Case Western Reserve

11-5

.688

17-14

3.

#25 Emory

6-6

.500

24-11

4.

NYU

3-5

.375

14-9

5.

Brandeis

2-10

.167

3-16

 

The UAA Champion is determined based on winning percentage among teams with at least 10 UAA games played.  Chicago, which does not play a full UAA schedule, is not eligible for the UAA Title this season, and games against Chicago do not count as UAA games.

This weekend's UAA series include NYU at Emory and Washington at Brandeis.

 

CWRU Spartans

The Spartans will enter the weekend with an overall record of 17-14, including a 6-2 mark in home games this season.  Following their split of a four-game series against Washington University (Mo.) last weekend, CWRU ended its University Athletic Association schedule with an 11-5 mark, and can finish no worse than second in the conference.  The team will need Washington to lose three of its final eight games (with four-game series remaining on the road at Brandeis and at home against NYU) to force a tie atop the UAA standings for the title.  Case Western Reserve has hit .265 this season and averaged 6.7 runs per game, while the pitching staff has a 4.42 ERA and a .258 opponents' average.

Senior outfielder Aaron Cain has recorded a .314 batting average, while junior outfielder/ designated hitter Dan Watson has hit .300 on the season and freshman outfielder Chris Shorter has hit .400 with two home runs and nine runs batted in.  Senior outfielder Tony Damiano has paced the squad with 29 runs scored and 16 stolen bases on as many attempts, and sophomore catcher Tyler Wypiszenski has a team-best 24 RBIs during the year.  The likely starting rotation for the weekend includes senior Jake Shields (4-3, 3.23 ERA), sophomore Mark Gross (3-4, 3.31 ERA), junior Ben Murphy (4-0, 1.88 ERA) and freshman Casey McConihe (2-0, 8.31 ERA), while key members of the bullpen include junior Liam Killingstad (1.85 ERA, three saves, 13 appearances) and sophomore Corey Brown (4.37 ERA, 12 appearances).

The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Matt Englander, who is in his 11th season with the squad. He has a career record of 251-201-2, good for a winning percentage of .555, and earlier this season, became the winningest coach in the program's history.  Englander is assisted by Nick Callahan and Branden Stucky.

 

Chicago Maroons

The Maroons will begin the weekend with a 17-6 overall record, including a 2-0 road record and a 10-4 mark in all games away from their home field (including neutral-site contests).  After a midweek game against Carthage was rained out, the team is coming off a doubleheader sweep at Beloit College last Saturday, winning the games by scores of 21-8 and 13-10.  Chicago currently leads all Division III teams with a .367 batting average, is second with a .488 on base percentage, and is 20th in DIII with 8.5 runs per game.  Meanwhile, their pitching staff has notched a 5.77 ERA and allowed a .300 opponents' batting average.

Leading hitters for the team include outfielder Connor Hickey, who is batting .441 with a home run and 30 RBIs and ranks fourth in Division III in runs per game, and outfielder Max Larsen, who is hitting.423 with 11 doubles and 20 RBIs.  Top starters include Brenton Villasenor, who is 5-0 with a 2.18 ERA, and Joe Liberman, who is 2-0 with a 3.47 ERA, while Michael Davis (1.23 ERA, 2 saves) and Arno Curtis (2-2, 3.21 ERA) have been the Maroons' top options in relief this year.

Chicago is led by Head Coach John Fitzgerald, who is in his third year at the team's helm after pitching for the program from 1995-98.  He has gone 53-45 during his time with the Maroons, and 267-243-1 during his 13 year career as a collegiate head coach.  He is assisted by Paul Stevens, Scott Budeselich, Marco Fajardo, Ted Ratliff and Tom Piane.

 

Series History

This weekend's games will be the first meeting between the two teams since a series in Chicago during the 2009 season.  The last time the Spartans and the Maroons faced off in Cleveland was during the 2008 campaign, with the teams splitting a pair of games.

For more information on the series, go to http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/SeriesHistory?opponentRpi=137.

 

Spartan Notes

Senior Jake Shields will enter this weekend's games just two wins shy of the program's career record of 24, currently held by Jamie Hora… Shields is currently ninth among active Division III pitchers and 26th among all active NCAA pitchers in career wins… He is also 22nd among active DIII pitchers and tied for second in school history with 172 career strikeouts, 35 behind the program's all-time record… Shields has not allowed an earned run in his last three starts, and has gone a total of 26.1 innings without an earned run allowed (just one run overall during that stretch)… CWRU ranks ninth in Division III in double plays (35) and eighth in double plays per game (1.13)… The team's 11 home runs this season lead the UAA… Senior Tony Damiano is 39th among all Division III players and leads the UAA with 16 stolen bases this season… His 16 stolen bases are the most by a CWRU player without a caught stealing in program history… Damiano is fifth among Spartan players all-time with 42 career stolen bases, and his 16 this year are tied for the seventh-most in a season in program history… Senior Aaron Cain have successfully plated a run in each of his 13 opportunities with a runner at third base and less than two outs this season… His 10 career triples are currently tied for the most by a CWRU player in school history… CWRU is batting .390 as a team this season with the bases loaded (16-for-41)… The Spartans are batting .310 as a team with runners in scoring position (111-for-358), led by a .414 average from freshman Noah Mehrle (12-for-29)… CWRU is now 6-0 this season when scoring 10 runs or more, and has won 56-straight games when scoring 10 runs or more, dating back to April 17, 2011… The team is 13-2 when it out hits its opponent this year… The Spartans ae 10-3 when committing one or fewer errors in a game, 6-2 when they hit at least one home run, and 15-6 when they hold their opponents without a home run.

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