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Case Western Reserve University junior Scott Kutschke, a pitcher on the baseball team, and senior Nicole Doyle, a shortstop on the softball team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past week.
Kutschke made three appearances out of the bullpen last weekend, holding opponents to just one run over 12.2 innings of relief work. Kutschke pitched to a 0.71 earned run average, allowing just nine hits and walking only two, while striking out 14 batters and claiming a pair of victories. The lefty began the week with 2.1 innings of relief against Oglethorpe in a 6-2 CWRU win, allowing just one run on four hits and striking out three. He then came out of the bullpen to pitch the final six innings during an 8-4 Spartan victory over Roger Williams, holding the Hawks scoreless on four hits and two walks and recording four strikeouts. Wrapping up the week, he was the pitcher of record in an 18-6 CWRU victory over previously undefeated Trinity College, pitching four innings of scoreless, one-hit baseball and striking out seven batters. For the season, Kutschke is a team-best 3-0 and has the lowest ERA among CWRU pitcher with a mark of 0.54, with 18 strikeouts over 16.2 innings on the mound. The Spartans have gone 8-6 through their first 14 games of the season.
Doyle led the Spartans’ offensively as they posted a 4-2 record during their spring break trip this past week. Doyle batted .474 (9-for-19) and scored three runs, while driving in four RBI’s. During the trip, Doyle hit safely in four of the six games, including multiple-hits in three of the six games. In the second last game of the trip, Doyle posted a perfect four-for-four performance at the plate against Buena Vista University, including three doubles and three runs batted in. For the season, Doyle leads the team with a .417 batting average (10-for-24), is tied for first on the team with four doubles and has driven in four runs. Case Western Reserve stands at 4-4 overall on the season.
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: Samuel Neal (baseball) hit .414 (12-for-29) over eight games last week for the Spartans. He led the team with 12 runs scored, three doubles, two home runs, 12 RBIs and three stolen bases during the week, totaling a .724 slugging percentage and a .553 on base percentage. Highlights from his week including a three-for-five performance with a double, two runs, and an RBI in a 9-8 loss to Roger Williams on Tuesday, a two-for-three day with a double, a home run, two runs scored and six RBIs in a 19-1 win against Roger Williams on Wednesday, a two-for-four game with two runs, two RBIs, a stolen base and a home run against Roger Williams on Thursday in an 8-4 victory, and a one-for-three game with three runs scored, two walks and an RBI during an 18-6 win against Trinity on Sunday. Neal is batting .306 this season with a team-high three home runs, 14 runs scored and five stolen bases, while also driving in 14 runs. The Spartans have gone 8-6 through their first 14 games of the season.
Sidney Brannam (softball) helped the Spartans go 4-2 during their spring break trip to Arizona this past week. Brannam went 2-1 on the mound, allowing 1 earned run in 13.2 innings pitched, while striking out 12 batters. In the Spartans’ final game of the trip, Brannam went the distance for a six-hit shutout against the University of Wisconsin at Platteville. She pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing six hits and five walks, while striking out six batters. For the season, Brannam has a 2-2 overall record, including one complete game. She has totaled a team-high 20.0 innings pitched, allowing six earned runs on 23 hits, while striking out 16.
Jonathan Powell (men’s tennis) went a perfect 6-0 in singles play and added a 5-1 mark in doubles play during the 18th-ranked Spartans’ Spring Break trip last week. Highlights for Powell in singles play include a 6-1, 6-1 win over #17 Trinity’s Tilden Oliver at sixth singles, and victories of 6-2, 6-2 over #13 Kenyon’s Anatol Doroskevic and 6-0,6 -2 over #7 Amherst’s Damien Ruparel, both at fifth singles. He also went 3-0 as the team’s third singles player against non-ranked opposing teams. In doubles, he played at the first position in each of his six matches, and highlighted his week with an 8-4 win against Kenyon’s top duo and an 8-7 (6) win over Amherst’s no. 1 doubles pairing, both with teammate Anthony Kanam. Powell has one nine-straight singles matches to improve to 16-2 overall this season, and is 23-2 in singles play overall for his career. He also raised his doubles record to 20-6 for the campaign, including a 14-6 mark with Kanam. The Spartans went 6-2 last week to improve to 12-5 overall for the season.
Madeleine Paolucci (women’s tennis) led the 30th-ranked Spartans to a 3-2 record during their spring break trip to Florida this past week. She recorded a 4-1 singles record, while also going 2-3 in her doubles matches. For the season, Paolucci is a team-best 13-5 in singles matches, and has tallied a 12-6 doubles record. Case Western Reserve stands at 5-4 overall on the season.
Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field) set a new school record in the hammer throw to lead the Spartan women at the Washington & Lee Track Carnival this past weekend. Laios set a new school record mark in the hammer throw with a toss of 51.62 meters to claim the title in the event. That mark bests her previous school record of 51.30 meters which was set in 2017. She also added a first place finish in the shot put with a mark of 12.65 meters, and claimed second in the discus throw with a mark of 38.80 meters. Laios currently ranks first among all University Athletic Association competitors in the hammer throw, shot put and dicus throw. In addition, she has the best mark among all NCAA Division III competitors in the hammer throw, the third-best mark in the shot put and the 11th-best mark in the discus throw.
Grace Kemerer (women’s track and field) earned a second-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as the Spartans competed at the Washington & Lee Track Carnival this past weekend. Kemerer finished second in the event with a time of 12:10.86, which currently ranks as the best time among UAA competitors.
Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) claimed the title in the long jump to lead the Spartan men at the Washington & Lee Track Carnival this past weekend. Oddo placed first in the long jump with a mark of 6.81 meters. He was also a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that finished first with a time of 3:24.03. Oddo’s mark of 6.81 meters in the long jump currently ranks first among all University Athletic Association competitors and seventh among all NCAA Division III competitors.
Grant McCarthy (men’s track and field) placed second in the 10,000-meter run at the Washington & Lee Track Carnival this past weekend. He crossed the finish line in a time of 32:14.96. That time currently ranks first among UAA competitors and ninth among all NCAA Division III competitors.
2018-19 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:
September 4th: Andrew Green (men's cross country) & Karley King (volleyball)