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Case Western Reserve University junior Dominic Oddo, a multi-event competitor on the men’s track and field team, and sophomore Dusstyn Reynolds, a catcher on the softball team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past weekend.
Oddo claimed first-place in the men’s decathlon at the 2019 Outdoor All-Ohio Combined Event Championships this past weekend in New Concord, Ohio. Oddo finished first with a total of 6,097 points, which currently ranks first in the UAA and sixth among all Division III competitors. Oddo earned four first-place finishes and also added two second-place finishes during the two-day meet. He placed first in the long jump with a mark of 6.31 meters (655 points), first in the high jump (1.85m, 670 points), first in the discus (28.05m, 426 points) and first in the javelin (43.38m, 491 points). Oddo’s second-place finishes came in the 100-meter dash (11.34, 786 points) and the pole vault (3.74m, 546 points). Oddo’s first-place finish in the decathlon earned him five points, which will be included towards the Outdoor All-Ohio Division III Championships this Saturday, April 13th.
Reynolds batted .333 (4-for-12) with a team-high two home runs and seven runs batted in to help the Spartans post a 3-1 record this past weekend against Carnegie Mellon University. During the Spartans’ sweep of a doubleheader against Carnegie Mellon on Friday, Reynolds led the team at the plate with a two-for-six performance, including two home runs and six runs batted in. During the first game, she hit a three-run home run down the right field line that increased the lead to 5-0. In the 8-0 victory during the second game of the day, Reynolds blasted a two-run home run over the right field to give CWRU a 6-0 advantage. For the season, Reynolds leads the team with 26 runs batted in and ranks tied for first on the squad with five home runs. Her 26 RBI’s also currently rank first in the UAA and her five home runs ranks tied for in the conference. Case Western Reserve improved to 15-7 overall on the season, including a 4-2 mark in conference play.
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: Nick Denove (baseball) threw a complete-game shutout in a 6-0 win over New York University during the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday. Denove was able to hold NYU (which entered the weekend leading all UAA teams in batting average and runs per game) to just five hits and two walks, earning the win in the game. Despite not striking out a batter, he needed just 91 pitches to navigate through his nine innings of work, allowing just one runner to pass second base in the contest. The effort was the third-straight complete game for the left-handed pitcher, as he improved to 4-2 on the year with the win, while lowering his ERA to 2.27 for his freshman campaign. The Spartans swept the four-game series at NYU, and improved to 17-8 overall with a 4-2 UAA record.
Jacob Kucia (baseball) hit .381 last week with four extra base hits, and led the team with five RBIs, helping the team to wins in all five games. Kucia picked up eight hits in 21 at bats, including three triples and a home run, while also scoring two runs, stealing a base, and playing flawless defense at third base. He went three-for-five with two doubles and three RBIs in a 7-2 win over Baldwin Wallace on Wednesday. He then went on to hit .313 (five-for-16) during a four-game series against NYU, including a three-for-five game with a double, a run scored and an RBI in the series-opening 6-5 win, and a one-for-three game with a stolen base and his first home run of the season to lead CWRU to a 5-3 win in the second contest. For the season, Kucia is batting a team-best .402 with 11 extra base hits, 20 runs scored and 18 RBIs. The Spartans improved to 17-8 overall with a 4-2 record in UAA play.
Ilissa Hamilton (softball) led the Spartans to two wins against Carnegie Mellon University this past weekend. Hamilton went 2-0 on the mound, allowing five earned runs in 15.2 innings pitched, while striking out 18 batters. During the Spartans’ 6-0 win on Friday, Hamilton pitched the complete-game shutout, as she scattered five hits and allowed only one walk, while striking out 10 batters. For the season, Hamilton has posted a 7-3 record registered a 3.12 ERA through her 65.0 innings pitched. She leads the team in strikeouts (71) and complete games (8). Her 71 strikeouts also currently rank first among all University Athletic Association players.
Cassandra Laios (women’s track and field) set a new school-record in the hammer throw at the Bob Kahn Invitational in Oberlin, Ohio this past weekend. Laios hit a mark of 54.52 meters in the event, which bested her previous school record of 54.16 meters set last weekend. In addition, Laios also claimed first in the shot put (13.37m) and second in the discus (40.19m). Her mark of 54.52 meters in the hammer currently ranks first in both the University Athletic Association and all of Division III. Laios also currently has the 10th-best mark in Division III in the shot put (13.48m), which was recorded at the Carnegie Mellon Quad Meet last weekend.
Brianna Rees (women’s track and field) led the Spartan women at the Ohio Wesleyan Marv Frye Invitational as she finished second in the 4000-meter dash. Reese placed second in the event with a time of 1:01.04, which currently ranks as the eighth-best time among UAA competitors.
Jonathan Haling (men’s track and field) finished second in the 200-meter dash to lead the Spartan men at the Ohio Wesleyan Marv Frye Invitational this past weekend. Haling crossed the finish line in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.47, which currently ranks as the fifth-best time among University Athletic Association runners.
Matthew Chen (men’s tennis) helped lead the 14th-ranked Spartans to a win over 27th-ranked Kalamazoo College on Sunday, with wins in both his singles and doubles contests. Chen teamed with junior Zach Hennessey to defeat Tytus Metzler and Zack Ray 8-1 at second doubles, and then came-from behind to defeat Ian Yi (ranked third in the Central Region) 0-6, 7-5, 7-3 (ret.) in the no. 1 singles match. Earlier in the weekend, against Division I Cleveland State University, Chen and Hennessey trailed 4-3 to Benjamin Slade and William Malm at no. 2 doubles before the match was left undecided, and fell in straight sets to Matthew Terry at no. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-2. For the year, Chen, ranked 11th in the region in singles play and 13th in doubles, improved to 12-10 in singles matches and 23-6 in doubles, following his successful weekend. The Spartans have won five-straight matches against Division III opponents (four of which have been against nationally-ranked team) and stand at 15-6 overall.
Sneha Karnam (women’s tennis) won each of her two singles and doubles matches to help the 31st-ranked Spartans earn two victories this past weekend. Karnam played second and fourth singles during the two matches, and teamed with freshman Shreyaa Mukund at second doubles throughout the weekend. In a 7-2 win over Oberlin College on Saturday, she picked up a 6-2, 6-1 win at second singles, and added an 8-2 win in doubles action. On Sunday, during the Spartans’ 5-4 win over John Carroll University, Karnam claimed victories of 8-3 in doubles, and 6-2, 6-0 in singles. Karnam has an overall record of 9-9 in singles play, while also recording an 8-12 overall record in doubles play. Case Western Reserve improved to 7-7 on the year with the wins this weekend.
2018-19 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:
September 4th: Andrew Green (men's cross country) & Karley King (volleyball)