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Case Western Reserve University senior Casey McConihe, a first baseman on the baseball team, and junior Dusstyn Reynolds, a catcher on the softball team, have been named the Spartan Club Athletes of the Week for their performances this past week.
McConihe helped lead the Spartans to a 3-1 record last week, batting .357 with four RBIs during the week. McConihe went five-for-14 with three RBIs, while walking six times to raise his on base percentage to .524 for the week. He went one-for-two with two walks during the team’s only loss of the week, a 5-0 setback to Roger Williams on Monday. In the team’s second game of the day, a 4-3 Spartan win in 10 innings over Alfred State, he was one-for-four with a walk, while driving in the game-winning run with a base hit in the 10th. McConihe was one-for-five with two RBIs in a 13-2 win over Alfred State on Wednesday, and then ended the week with a two-for-three performance, including three runs, an RBI and three walks in a 12-3 victory against Roger Williams on Thursday. He finished the season on a nine-game hitting streak, and hit .361 for the campaign with a double and seven RBIs, while striking out just once in 36 at bats. The Spartans finished the shortened 2020 campaign with a 5-5 overall record.
Reynolds led the Spartans to a 5-3 record during their spring break trip to Florida this past week, as she batted .469 (15-for-32) with seven RBI’s and three doubles. Reynolds notched a hit in all but one game throughout the trip, and registered five multiple-hit games. During Monday’s sweep of Heidelberg University and Haverford College, she went a combined three-for-eight with one RBI and one run scored. In the Spartans’ losses to Nebraska Wesleyan and Wisconsin Lutheran on Thursday, Reynolds went a combined seven-for-nine at the plate, including a perfect four-for-four performance against Nebraska Wesleyan. For the season, Reynolds leads the team with a .525 batting average (21-for-40), and has totaled eight RBI’s, seven runs scored and three doubles. CWRU finished the shortened 2020 campaign with a 6-4 overall record.
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: Tony Smodilla (baseball) picked up the first win of his collegiate career during his first start of the season, a 13-2 victory over Alfred State on Wednesday. Smodilla allowed just two runs on seven hits over seven innings of work, while striking out seven batters and failing to walk a hitter. The outing came on just one day’s rest, after he pitched out of the bullpen in a 4-3 CWRU win over Alfred State on Monday, allowing one hit and a walk over two-thirds of an inning and striking out one batter and yielding an unearned run. Smodilla completed the campaign with a 1-1 record and a 3.38 ERA over four appearances, striking out 11 batters over 10.2 innings of work and allowing a .267 opponents’ batting average. Case Western Reserve finished the shortened 2020 season with a 5-5 overall record.
Ilissa Hamilton (softball) posted a 2-1 record on the mound during the team’s spring break trip to Florida this past week. She allowed only six earned runs in her 25.0 innings pitched for a 2.16 earned run average. Hamilton struck out a team-best 15 batters, while also notching three complete games and one shutout. During the Spartans’ 2-0 win over Haverford College on Monday, Hamilton pitched a one-hit shutout as she struck out three batters throughout her seven innings pitched. For the season, Hamilton has 3-1 overall record, as she has only allowed 12 earned runs in 32.0 innings pitched for a team-best 2.63 ERA. She also has collected a team-high 27 strikeouts throughout the team’s first 10 games of the season.
Anthony Kanam (men’s tennis) went undefeated for the ninth-ranked Spartans last week, going 5-0 in singles matches and 4-0 in doubles play. Kanam began the week with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Liam Spiegel in a 9-0 CWRU win over Ithaca College on Monday. On Tuesday, he helped the Spartans defeat 13th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University 9-0 with an 8-6 win with Neil Mabee at second doubles over Sam Gibson and Jonathan Nottingham and a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Matthew Poh, and followed that with a 6-3 win at no. 2 doubles with Mabee over Gary Fishkin and Jacob Edelchik and a 7-5, 7-5 win against Edelchik at no. 6 singles to defeat Division I Lehigh University 6-1. Rounding out the successful week, Kanam picked up an 8-2 win at third doubles with Mabee over Daniel Trudell and Alex Lloyd and a 6-1, 6-1 win against Frank Stitch at sixth singles in a 9-0 win over Rhodes College, followed by an 8-3 win with James Hopper at second doubles against Jacob Niehaus and Trevor Vaccaro and a 6-0, 6-0 win at no. 5 singles over Vaccaro in a 9-0 win over Millsaps College. Kanam finished the season with a 16-3 overall singles record, including a 14-1 mark in dual matches, and was 15-2 in doubles play, including a 13-0 mark in the spring. He currently ranks fourth in school history with 74 singles wins and tied for third with 82 doubles wins. Case Western Reserve ended its 2020 season with an 18-1 overall record.
2019-20 Spartan Club Athletes of the Week:
September 3rd: Spencer Weigand (men’s cross country) & Anika Washburn (women’s soccer)