Cain and No. 24 Spartans Earn Another UAA Walk-Off Win, 6-5 versus Rochester

Kerrigan Cain (photo by Ryan Baker)
Kerrigan Cain (photo by Ryan Baker)

SANFORD, Fla. – Junior second baseman Kerrigan Cain (Hartville, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) went 4-for-5 and scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as the Case Western Reserve University baseball team came from behind to defeat the University of Rochester (N.Y.), 6-5, on Tuesday afternoon at Sanford Memorial Stadium.

The Spartans improve to 8-1 overall and 3-0 at the University Athletic Association Championship. The walk-off win was the second in three days for CWRU. With five UAA games remaining over the next four days, the defending UAA Champion Spartans remain as the league's only unbeaten.

With the loss, the Yellowjackets drop to 0-3 with all three of their games at the UAA Championship.

One of Cain's career-high four hits drove in the tying run with one out in the ninth. A batter later, the third-year Spartan scampered home on a single followed by a throwing error. Junior catcher Jordan Swisher (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland), who provided the single on the winning play, finished 3-for-5.

The Spartans scored twice in the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back RBI singles by Cain and Swisher. The score remained 2-0 until the top of fourth when the Yellowjackets scored five runs on five hits. Tyler DeClerck, Jake Meyerson and Will Conroy all provided RBI singles for U of R. The Spartans got one back in the fifth thanks to a pair of wild pitches then pulled to within 5-4 with a single run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by senior shortstop Andrew Frey (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor).

In the ninth, junior third baseman Andrew Gronski (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) led off with a single, moved to second on a bunt, and reached third via a passed ball. Cain then ripped a single over the extended glove of the Rochester second baseman to tie the score.

One batter later, Swisher lined a shot off of the pitcher's glove and into short right center. With Cain racing to third, the ensuing throw skipped past the Rochester third baseman, allowing Cain to scamper home for the win.

Senior lefty Ray Kelly (Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute) improved to 3-0 out of the bullpen with 2/3 of an inning pitched. Sophomore starter Neal Krentz (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser) pitched a career-high 8 1/3 innings and struck out six in a no decision.  

Josh Schulman (0-1) allowed two earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of relief for Rochester. Offensively, Brendan Garry finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.