Softball to Begin Final Stretch of Season at Kenyon

Softball to Begin Final Stretch of Season at Kenyon

With just four games remaining on its regular-season schedule, the Case Western Reserve University softball team will hit the road for the final scheduled time this season, when the squad travels to Gambier , Ohio for a doubleheader against the Kenyon College Ladies starting at 3:30 p.m.

Live Coverage
Fans can follow all of Wednesday action with video and live stats for both games at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/kenyon/.

CWRU Spartans
Case Western Reserve will enter Wednesday's games with a 17-19 overall record, after the team split each of its three doubleheaders last week.  Included in the Spartans' overall mark is a 7-7 record in road games.  The team is batting .310 this season and averaging 4.9 runs per game, with the pitching staff tallying a 3.78 earned run average and a .293 opponents' batting average.

The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Josie Henry, who is now in her sixth season with the team, and has a career record of 143-98, good for a .593 winning percentage.  Henry is assisted by Ashley Parello, Molly O'Brien and Natalie DeMatteis.

Kenyon Ladies
After opening their season with 13 wins in their first 22 games, the will enter Wednesday's doubleheader on an eight-game losing streak, including a pair of losses to Ohio Wesleyan University on Sunday.  Kenyon stands at 13-16-1 overall on the year, including a 4-5-1 mark in home contests.  The team is batting .343 this season and averaging 6.9 runs per game, while the pitching staff has a 6.09 earned run average and a .348 opponents' batting average.

Kenyon is under the leadership of Head Coach Erin O'Neill, who coached at Case Western Reserve prior to arriving at Kenyon, going 24-57 with the Spartans during the 2009 and 2010 season.  During her six seasons with the Ladies since, O'Neill has gone 109-109-1, for an overall career record of 133-166-1.  She is assisted by Jennifer Dowsey.

Matchup History
The teams last played during the 2012 season, with the Spartans sweeping a doubleheader at Kenyon, winning the first game 8-0 and the second 6-1.  Case Western Reserve has won the last four meetings with the Ladies.

Spartan Notes
The Spartans are 11-1 when leading after 14 innings this season, and 14-0 when leading after six innings… Case Western Reserve is 8-4 when it hits at least one home run in a game this season… Sophomore Katie Wede has stolen 20 bases this season, two shy of the program's single-season record, set by former Spartan player and current Assistant Coach Molly O'Brien during the 2013 season… Junior Annie Wennerberg's 115 strikeouts this season are the sixth-most in a single season in school history… The Spartans are batting .335 with the bases empty this year (154-for-460) and have reached base at a .403 mark when leading off an inning… Opposing hitters are batting just .269 (86-for-320) against CWRU pitching with two outs in an inning… The Spartans have held opposing teams to two or fewer runs on 13 occasions this season, going 11-2 in such games… The team has outscored opponents 48-24 in the sixth inning and beyond during the campaign.

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