Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Mar. 26: Mark Gross and Suhan Mestha

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Mar. 26: Mark Gross and Suhan Mestha

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Case Western Reserve University junior Mark Gross, a pitcher on the baseball team, and junior Suhan Mestha, a swimmer on the women’s swimming and diving team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past week.

Gross led the 18th-ranked Spartans to an 8-0 win over Ohio Wesleyan University with eight shutout innings on Saturday afternoon.  Gross allowed just three hits during his eight shutout innings of work, striking out four batters and walking just one.  He earned the win in the game, improving to 3-0 on the season, while lowering his earned run average to 0.56 for the season.  Gross has struck out 19 batters through 32.0 innings of work this year, holding opposing hitters to a .208 average.  The Spartans are 4-0 in Gross’ starts this season, and stand at 13-2 overall in 2018.

Mestha earned two All-America Honorable Mention certificates at the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships this past weekend. Mestha teamed with senior Inez Moore, junior Alli Drohosky and freshman Caitlyn VonFeldt in the 200-yard medley relay to finish 14th in the finals of the event with a time of 1:44.62 on the first day of the championships. On the final day, Mestha swam a time of 2:02.10 in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing 14th overall in the event. Overall, Mestha competed in seven events at the 2018 NCAA Championships, including the 50-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard medley relay, 100-yard backstroke and the 400-yard freestyle relay. The Spartan women totaled nine points during the four-day meet to finish in 34th-place out of 48 teams that scored at the NCAA Championships.

The Spartan Club Athletes of the Week are selected by the CWRU Department of Athletics each Monday, based on their performance during the previous week of competition.

Honorable Mention: Melissa Cuellar (softball) helped the 22nd-ranked Spartans split a doubleheader at Kenyon College on Saturday. In the Spartans 8-7 win over Kenyon in the second game of the doubleheader, Cuellar led CWRU with a three-for-three performance, including a double, home run and three runs batted in. For the season, Cuellar has hit .417 (5-for-12) with two home runs, six runs batted in and three runs scored. CWRU now stands at 12-2 overall in 2018.

Ilissa Hamilton (softball) struck out a season-high 10 batters during the Spartans first game against Kenyon College on Saturday. Hamilton started and allowed only one earned run in 6.2 innings pitched. For the season, Hamilton ranks second in the University Athletic Association with 46 strikeouts.

Tyler Wypiszenski (baseball) collected five extra base hits and drove in a team-leading seven runs, leading the 18th-ranked Spartans to a 3-1 record over a four-game series against Ohio Wesleyan University last weekend.  Wypsizenski started three games at catcher and another as the designated hitter, batting .389 (seven-for-18) with four runs, three doubles, two home runs and seven runs batted in, while slugging .889 and notching a .389 on base percentage. Wypiszenski has hit in five-straight games, and is now batting .264 this season with five doubles, two triples, three home runs and 15 runs batted in.

Nimi Gupta (women’s track and field) claimed the title in the hammer throw to lead the Spartan women to a first-place finish at the 2018 Amy Adams Memorial Invitational. Gupta earned her first-place finish in the hammer throw with a toss of 46.14 meters, which currently ranks first in the University Athletic Association and 14th in Division III.

Danielle Kulpins (women’s track and field) helped the Spartan women place first out of 14 teams at the 2018 Amy Adams Memorial Invitational this past weekend. Kulpins placed second in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:45.31, which ranks second in the UAA and 24th in Division III.

Grant Mlack (men’s track and field) helped the Spartan men top the 14 teams in action at the 2018 Amy Adams Memorial Invitational this past weekend. Mlack earned a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.20, which currently ranks second in the University Athletic Association and 16th in Division III. He also was a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that finished third in the event with a time of 3:43.64.

Jordan Butler (men’s track and field) claimed the title in the high jump to help the Spartan men win the 2018 Amy Adams Memorial Invitational this past weekend. Butler earned his first-place finish in the high jump with a mark of 1.93 meters, which currently ranks second in the UAA and 16th in Division III.

2017-18 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:

September 5th: Justin Phan (football) & Elle Zadina (women's soccer)

September 11th: Zachary Senft (men's soccer) & Karley King (volleyball)

September 18th: Jacob Burke (football) & Danielle Kulpins (women's cross country)

September 25th: Calvin Boyle (men's soccer) & Nithya Kanagasegar (women's tennis)

October 2nd: Rob Cuda (football) & Katie Kaminski (volleyball)

October 9th: Andrew Banathy (football) & Kimberly Chen (women's soccer)

October 16th: Rob Cuda (football) & Karley King (volleyball)

October 23rd: Justin McMahon (football) & Elle Zadina (women’s soccer)

October 30th: Michael Balog (men’s soccer) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)

November 6th: Paul Darmstadter (men’s soccer) & Brianna Lemon (volleyball)

November 13th: Sam Merriman (men’s cross country) & Danielle Kulpins (women’s cross country)

November 20th: Sam Merriman (men’s cross country) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)

November 27th: Justin Phan (football) & Hillary Hellmann (women’s basketball)

December 4th: Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)

December 11th: Andrew Ibibo (men’s track and field) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)

January 2nd: T.J. Duckett (men’s basketball) & Alexis Amburgey (women’s basketball)

January 8th: Andrew Munn (wrestling) & Hillary Hellmann (women’s basketball)

January 16th: Connor Nally (men’s basketball) & Emily Todd (women’s basketball)

January 22nd: Andrew Hoover (wrestling) & Olivia Newman (women’s track and field)

January 29th: Ignas Masiulionis (men’s basketball) & Danielle Kulpins (women’s track and field)

February 5th: Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) & Brooke Hortness (women’s swimming and diving)

February 12th: Andrew Hoover (wrestling) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)

February 19th: Drew Hamilton (men’s swimming and diving) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)

February 26th: Alec Hoover (wrestling) & Nimi Gupta (women’s track and field)

March 5th: James Fojtasek (men’s tennis) & Grace Tritchler (softball)

March 19th: Rocco Maue (baseball) & Maren Waldner (softball)

March 26th: Mark Gross (baseball) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)