SANFORD, Fla. – Despite seven strong innings and eight strikeouts from sophomore lefty Jamie Hora (Twinsburg, OH/Twinsburg), the Case Western Reserve University baseball team dropped its second straight game, 6-3, on Thursday, March 10 against Washington University (MO) at the 2011 University Athletic Association Championship at Sanford Memorial Stadium.
Hora allowed just three earned runs, but was saddled with his second loss of the season (1-2) as Case let a potential game-breaking rally slip away in the fifth.
The Bears jumped out to an early 5-0 lead with a three run third and added two more in the fourth, but the Spartan bats woke up in the bottom of the fifth. Senior third baseman Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale) led off the inning with a double and was knocked in on another two-bagger by junior outfielder Sam Alexander (Alexandria, VA/T.C. Williams). Senior infielder Corey Pecoraro (Strongsville, OH/Benedictine) followed with an RBI single to left center. After a walk and a throwing error loaded the bases up for the Spartans, Washington swapped pitchers and Michael Rielly was able to get Jimmy Abed (Westlake, OH/Westlake) to strike out swinging to end the threat.
The Spartans added a run in the eighth, but could not muster anymore offense as the Bears improved to 4-5 on the season.
Case will be back on the diamond tomorrow against Emory University (GA) at 2:30 p.m.