CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – The Case Western Reserve University baseball team split a pair of games with Bluffton University and Wabash College (IN) on Saturday, February 26 at V.A. Memorial Field. The Spartans dropped the opener to Bluffton, 8-4, but rallied from six runs down to defeat the Little Giants, 12-8.
With the split, the Spartans move to 4-2 overall and will play a pair of nine-inning games versus Wabash tomorrow beginning at 12:00 p.m.
In game one, Case opened a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first with RBI singles courtesy of senior designated hitter Cory Pecoraro (Strongsville, OH/Benedictine) and junior Bobby Marko (Lyndhurst, OH/Brush). The Spartans increased their advantage to 4-2 with two more in the fifth when senior third baseman Chad Mullins (Fredericksburg, OH/Waynedale), drilled a two-run homer – his second of the season. However, Bluffton (1-0) was able to score six runs in the top of the sixth as Miles Richardson highlighted the rally with a grand slam.
Sophomore Jamie Hora (Twinsburg, OH/Twinsburg) started for the Spartans and suffered the loss to drop to 1-1. In five and one third-innings, Hora allowed nine hits and seven earned runs. Sophomore Ray Kelly (Rochester, NY/Aquinas Institute) tossed the final 3.2 innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits with four strikeouts.
In game two, the Spartans trailed 8-2 after Wabash (0-1) scored three in the sixth following a three-run double by John Holm. Case chipped away with two in its half of the sixth, thanks to RBI singles from freshman second baseman Andrew Frey (Mentor, OH/Mentor) and senior catcher Steve Bills (Greensburg, PA/Hempfield).
Then in the seventh, the Spartans struck for four runs to tie the score at eight. Mullins had an RBI triple, while sophomore first baseman Brett Ossola (Potomac, MD/Bullis School) and Bills each contributed RBI hits. In the eighth, Case opened the game up with four more runs as Ossola drove in two with a double and Mullins and Frey each singled home one.
On the mound, freshman Jose Vega (Strongsville, OH/Padua Franciscan), tossed 1.2 innings of perfect relief to earn the win in his first career appearance.
For the day, Mullins combined to go 6-for-10 with five RBI and four runs scored. Ossola and Frey were each 3-for-5 with three RBI in the nightcap.