CWRU Pitchers Gross & Killingstad Earn Weekly Awards

CWRU Pitchers Gross & Killingstad Earn Weekly Awards

Case Western Reserve University junior right-handed pitcher Mark Gross and senior left-handed pitcher Liam Killingstad were each recognized for their performances over the first two games of the Spartan Southern Classic, as Gross was selected as the University Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week, and Killingstad was named the relief pitcher on the Team of the Week.

Gross allowed just six hits and a walk in the Spartan's 3-2 win over fifth-ranked SUNY Cortland, striking out six and yielding just one earned run and two total.  He kept the Red Dragons off the board for the first eight and two-thirds innings of the game, at one point retiring 14-consecutive batters between the fourth and ninth innings, throwing 110 total pitches in the game. 

Through two starts this season, Gross is 1-0 with a 1.08 earned run average and a .238 opponents' batting average with 13 strikeouts in 16.2 innings.  This was the first UAA Athlete of the Week honor of the season for Gross, who received the award twice last season.

Killingstad pitched in each of the first two games at the Spartan Southern Classic, earning a save against SUNY Cortland and the win in a 16-8 Spartan victory over Trinity College the following day.  He entered the game against Cortland with two outs in the ninth and the potential tying run at third base, and promptly induced a game-ending groundout to second base.  A day later, he returned to throw two hitless innings against Trinity, getting a key double play on the first batter he faced in the game, while going on to strike out two against just one walk.

Killingstad is 2-0 on the year and has not allowed a run on just one hit over 5.1 innings of work.  This was his second career nod to the Team of the Week, after earning the honor last year.

The Spartans have opened the 2018 season with a 5-1 record, including a pair of wins against top-five opponents this year.  Case Western Reserve will continue play at the Spartan Southern Classic on Tuesday, March 13th against Roger Williams University at 7:00 p.m. at Lexington County Stadium in Lexington, South Carolina.