BEREA, Ohio – The No. 21 nationally ranked Case Western Reserve University baseball team fell to host Baldwin Wallace University by a score of 6-1 on a chilly Wednesday afternoon at Heritage Field.
The Spartans (15-5) were limited to their lowest scoring output of the season despite a 3-for-4 performance by sophomore designated hitter Zack Tobias (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair).
BW (12-8) starting pitcher Jon Capadona (2-1) threw seven innings and held the Spartans to just one earned run on seven hits.
For CWRU, senior left-hander John Fortunato (Toledo, Ohio/St. Francis de Sales) was saddled with his first loss of the season (4-1) with three earned runs allowed and five strikeouts in five innings.
BW scored one in the bottom half of the first when Kyle Chontos ripped a solo homer to right. The score held at 1-0 until Spartan sophomore first baseman Noah Sherman (Kensington, Md./Georgetown Preparatory) doubled home junior leftfielder Will Meador (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) in the top of the fourth. A pair of scoreless sides followed, but the Yellow Jackets went on top 3-1 in the fifth thanks to an RBI single by Brad Gugliotta and a sacrifice fly by Mark Zimmerman.
In the sixth, BW sealed the deal with two more runs courtesy of a John Taylor RBI single and a throwing error. After Capadona's seventh inning, the Yellow Jackets got two shutout innings from the bullpen, and the hosts' final run came on a passed ball in the bottom of the eighth.
The Spartans will get another shot at the Yellow Jackets tomorrow with the first of a five-game homestand at Nobby's Ballpark. First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m.