Wennerberg Matches Wins Record as Spartans Split DH against Mount Union

Wennerberg Matches Wins Record as Spartans Split DH against Mount Union

Case Western Reserve University senior Annie Wennerberg earned her 52nd career victory in the first game against the University of Mount Union to match the all-time wins record, and help the Spartans to split a doubleheader against the Purple Raiders, winning 8-4 in the first contest, but falling 7-1 in the second game.

Wennerberg's win was her 11th of the season and 52nd of her career, as she is now tied with from Spartan Rebecca Taylor (2012-15) for the most wins in the program's history.

With the split, the Spartans are now 17-11 for the season, while Mount Union moved to 15-17 overall.

Game 1: CWRU 8, Mount Union 4
The Case Western Reserve bats came alive for seven runs in the fifth inning of the game, to defeat the Purple Raiders 8-4 during the first game. Junior Maren Waldner and freshman Emily Nishiwaki each tallied two hits each, including a two run home from Waldner.

Mount Union took the early with a run with a run in the third inning and then added another in the fourth to lead 2-0. However, in the bottom of the fourth, Wennerberg opened the inning with a triple to right field. Freshman Nicole Carty then followed with an RBI single up the middle to cut the deficit to 2-1.

The Purple Raiders would score another run in the top of the fifth, before the Spartans would erupt for a seven-run fifth inning. Junior Katie Wede started the inning with a double, followed by single from sophomore Nicole Doyle that would allow Wede to score due to a throwing error by the shortstop. Waldner the delivered a two-run shot over the right-center field wall to give the Spartans a 4-3 lead. CWRU then struck later in the inning when freshman Callie Wang delivered a RBI double down the left field line. Freshman Caitlin Smith then singled to center to score Carty from third. Nishiwaki capped off the seven-run inning with a triple to right-center, scoring Wang and Smith to give the Spartans an 8-3 lead.

Mount Union would score one more in the seventh, allowing the Spartans to secure the 8-4 victory.

Wennerberg pitched the complete game to earn the win and improve to 11-5 on the year. She allowed two-earned runs on 10 hits and one walk, while striking out four batters.

Hanna Wharton took the loss in the game one for Mount Union, dropping to 0-1 for the campaign.

Game 2: Mount Union 7, CWRU 1
The Purple Raiders took the 7-0 advantage, before sophomore Sharilyn Sakamoto got the Spartans' on the board in the bottom of the seventh with a base hit, scoring Wennerberg from third. The RBI was Sakamoto's first on the season.

Junior Katie Dzierwa took the loss for CWRU, falling to 5-5 on the year. Doyle led the Spartans at the plate in the second game as she collected two hits, including her team-leading 11th double of the season.

The Spartans will be back in action this weekend, when the team welcome the University of Chicago to Mather Park for a four game series on Saturday and Sunday. The first game of the doubleheader on Saturday is slated to start at 1:00 p.m.

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