CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University baseball team split a pair of games with visiting Ohio Wesleyan University in its home opener on Saturday, March 19, at Nobby's Ballpark, dropping the day's first matchup 10-6 before rebounding with a 6-0 win in the nightcap.
The Spartans moved to 11-6 overall on the season with the split and received a complete game, two-hit effort from sophomore lefty Jamie Hora (Twinsburg, OH/Twinsburg) in the second game of the afternoon.
In the day's first affair, Case jumped on the scoreboard early with a three-run third inning. Sophomore shortstop Matt Keen (Tallmadge, OH/Tallmadge) doubled in a run and later scored on an error. Sam Alexander (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams) added another run with his double to right center and the Spartans led 3-0 early.
OWU punched across four in the top of the second to take the lead momentarily, at 4-3, before Case struck back with another run in the second when Keen was hit by a pitch.
The Spartans trailed 6-5 in the fifth when senior catcher Steve Bills (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield) plated the tying run with a single, but Case was shut out the rest of the way as the Battling Bishops added another four and OWU's Kevin Schindler picked up the win. Junior Noah Lieberman (Evanston, IL/Evanston) was saddled with the tough-luck loss, tossing four innings of two run ball and striking out four for Case.
Game two was a pitcher's duel, with the score knotted at 0-0 through the bottom of the third, until Case scored its first run on an RBI single to right by Alexander.
Keen singled in two more in the fourth, and senior third baseman Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) also ripped an RBI single down the third base line to give Case a 4-0 lead.
With two more insurance runs in the sixth, the Spartans nailed down their first shutout win of the season. Hora improved to 2-2 overall on the season, as the lefty tossed a full seven innings and struck out three.
Case will be right back at it tomorrow with a pair of road games against Mount Aloysius College (PA) at Point Stadium in Johnstown, PA. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.