Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Mar. 25: Rocco Maue and Suhan Mestha

Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for Mar. 25: Rocco Maue and Suhan Mestha

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Case Western Reserve University senior Rocco Maue, a second baseman on the baseball team, and senior Suhan Mestha, a swimmer on the women’s swimming & diving team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past week.

Maue batted .500 with three home runs and eight runs batted in, helping lead the Spartans to sweeps in a pair of doubleheaders last week.  Maue was eight-for-16 at the plate with six runs, while also collecting a pair of triples, walking twice, stealing two bases on as many attempts, registering a pair of sacrifice flies, and was hit by a pitch as well during the weekend.  Over the four games, he slugged 1.313, while reaching base at a .524 clip, while also playing flawless defense at second base.  His best game came in the opening contest of the weekend, a 19-0 win over SUNY Fredonia on Saturday, when he went five-for-seven with two triples and two home runs, scoring four runs and driving in five.  In the late game against Fredonia, a 5-3 victory, he went one-for-three with a walk, two stolen bases, and a sacrifice fly in the fifth that brought in the Spartans’ first run of the game.  Maue went two-for-two with two runs, an RBI and a walk in a 5-4 win over St. John Fisher (which received votes in the latest D3baseball.com Top-25) on Sunday, hitting a home run to lead off the game for the Spartans and scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh, and plated a run with a sacrifice fly in the final game of the weekend, a 7-2 CWRU triumph over the Cardinals.  Maue, the 2018 UAA Player of the Year and a consensus All-American last year, is batting .338 with 20 RBIs and a team-leading four home runs this season, while also pacing the squad with six stolen bases.  The Spartans have won six-straight games and eight of their last nine, improving to 12-6 on the year.

Mestha earned an All-America Honorable Mention certificate at the 2019 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships this past weekend. On the first day of the championships, Mestha swam a time of 23.62 in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing 14th overall in the event. Overall, Mestha competed in seven events at the 2019 NCAA Championships, including the 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard medley relay. The Spartan women totaled three points during the four-day meet to finish in 46th-place out of 50 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: Matt Levine (baseball) threw seven shutout innings during the team’s 19-0 win over SUNY Fredonia on Saturday.  Levine allowed just four hits and one walk, while striking out five batters during the game, and needed just 90 pitches to navigate through his seven innings of work.  He earned the win in the game, improving to 2-1 on the season, while lowering his earned run average to 1.02.  CWRU claimed wins in each of its four games last week, and has won six-straight overall to improve to 12-6 overall this season.

Nicole Carty (softball) led the Spartans to a 5-1 record this past week, as she hit .682 (15-for-22) with 10 runs scored and six runs batted in. Carty led the squad with five doubles throughout the week and also hit two home runs. In Sunday’s doubleheader against the University of Mount Union, Carty went a perfect six-for-six on the day with five runs scored, two RBI’s and one home run. In the Spartans’ 9-1 win over Mount Union in the second game of the day, Carty went four-for-four with three runs scored and a two-run home run. For the season, Carty leads the team with a .512 batting average (22-for-43). She ranks first on the team in hits (22) and runs scored (14). In addition, Carty currently ranks fourth among all University Athletic Association players in batting average. Case Western Reserve now stands at 9-5 overall in 2018.

Ilissa Hamilton (softball) led the Spartans on the mound this past week, as she posted a 2-0 record. She allowed just four earned runs in her 16.0 innings pitched, while striking out 16 batters. In Wednesday’s first game against Baldwin Wallace University, Hamilton struck out a season-high batters in her six innings pitched. In Sunday’s 9-0 win over Mount Union, Hamilton pitched five scoreless innings and struck out two batters. For the season, Hamilton has posted a 3.57 ERA in her 35.1 innings pitched. She leads the team in strikeouts (33) and complete games (4), while also ranking second among UAA players in strikeouts.

Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field) led the Spartan women to a first-place finish at the Amy Adams Memorial Invitational this past weekend as she claimed titles in the hammer throw, shot put and discus. She won the hammer throw with a school record toss of 52.48 meters, which breaks her previous school record of 51.62 meters set last weekend. In the shot put, she hit a mark of 13.29 meters which broke the previous school record of 13.12 meters set by former Spartan Amanda Kline in 2012. Laios then won the discus with a mark of 40.48 meters. Her marks in all three events currently rank first in the University Athletic Association. In addition, Laios ranks first in all of Division III in the hammer throw, fourth in the shot put and ninth in the discus.

Vanessa Pasadyn (women’s track and field) helped the Spartan women place first at the Amy Adams Memorial Invitational this past weekend. Pasadyn finished second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:23.56, which currently ranks as the second-best time among University Athletic Association competitors.

Jordan Butler (men’s track and field) helped the Spartan men place first at the Amy Adams Memorial Invitational this past weekend. Butler claimed a second-place finish in the high jump with a mark of 1.80 meters and then placed second in the long jump with a mark of 6.62 meters. His mark in the high jump currently ranks fifth among UAA competitors and his mark in the long jump ranks second.

Jonathan Haling (men’s track and field) helped the Spartan men finish first out of 14 teams at the Amy Adams Memorial Invitational this past weekend. Haling finished first in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.37. His time in the event currently ranks second among all University Athletic Association competitors and 14th among all Division III competitors.

2018-19 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:

September 4th: Andrew Green (men's cross country) & Karley King (volleyball)

September 10th: Garrett Winter (men's soccer) & Brianna Lemon (volleyball)

September 17th: Drew Saxton (football) & Christina Hickson (women's soccer)

September 24th: Ian Henderson (football) & Jessica Liu and Madeleine Paolucci (women’s tennis)

October 1st: Charlie Fink (men’s soccer) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)

October 8th: Colt Morgan (football) & Kimberly Chen (women’s soccer)

October 15th: Nathan Ekberg (men’s soccer) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)

October 22nd: Cameron Brown (football) & Kimberly Chen (women’s soccer)

October 29th: Alex Besl (men’s soccer) & Caitlyn VonFeldt (women’s swimming and diving)

November 5th: Drew Saxton (football) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)

November 12th: Zachary Senft (men’s soccer) & Madeline Lindemann (women’s cross country)

November 19th: Nathan Ekberg (men’s soccer) & Hillary Hellmann (women’s basketball)

November 26th: Ryan Newton (men’s basketball) & Kara Hageman (women’s basketball)

December 3rd: Isaac Collier (wrestling) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)

December 10th: Jonathan Haling (men’s track and field) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)

January 7th: Jacob Frisch (wrestling) & Abbey Lawrence (women’s basketball)

January 14th: Michael Hollis (men’s basketball) & Kara Hageman (women’s basketball)

January 22nd: Sam Hansen (men’s basketball) & Olivia Picchione (women’s swimming and diving)

January 28th: Cassiel Yuzik (men’s swimming and diving) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)

February 4th: Gavin Dersh-Fisher (wrestling) & Kara Hageman (women’s basketball)

February 11th: Adam Kates (wrestling) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)

February 18th: Ananth Suresh (men’s track and field) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)

February 25th: Trey Razanauskas (men’s track and field) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)

March 4th: Dominic Oddo (men’s track and field) & Shahed Eid (women’s track and field)

March 10th: Matthew Chen (men’s tennis) & Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field)

March 18th: Scott Kutschke (baseball) & Nicole Doyle (softball)

March 25th: Rocco Maue (baseball) & Suhan Mestha (women’s swimming and diving)