Spartan Softball Splits Doubleheader with Ursuline College
PEPPER PIKE, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University softball team split its second doubleheader in as many days, dropping a 3-2 decision to Ursuline College before rebounding to win 6-5 in extra innings in the nightcap. The Spartans have now won 10-of-12 to move their season record to 16-22.
Case will travel to Bethany College (WV) next to play a doubleheader on Sunday, April 17. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
Ursuline jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning of the first game, but the Spartans scraped across a run on an error in the fourth to make it 3-1. Junior Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, VA/Stone Bridge) continued her hot hitting and accounted for the Spartans' second score on an RBI double in the sixth to make it a one-run affair. Case would get no more offense, however, as freshman pitcher Makenzie Lein (Petersburg, MI/Ida) was hit with loss, tossing all six innings to fall to 10-7 on the year.
In game two Wolz got the Spartans off to a 1-0 start with an RBI single in the first. Case then pushed across another run in the third on a homerun by Lein before Ursuline answered with a run in the fourth. The Spartans put up two more in the fifth to make it a 4-1 game on an RBI double by Wolz and a run-scoring single by senior Anneliese Fetterman (Cupertino, CA/Monta Vista), but Ursuline answered with one in the fifth and two more in the bottom of the sixth to tie the ballgame. Courtney Branson singled home a run in the seventh to put Case back up briefly, but Ursuline came right back with a run in the bottom half of the frame to knot the score again.
Senior Beth Andrasik (Sagamore Hills, OH/Nordonia) proceeded to put the game away in the eighth inning on an RBI double, giving Case a 6-5 lead. Lein, who entered to pitch in the seventh, retired Ursuline in order in the eighth to seal the win and improve her season record to 11-7. Freshman Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, UT/Olympus) pitched the first six innings, allowing four runs and striking out one but did not factor in the decision.