SANFORD, Fla. - Sophomore pitcher Jake Shields (Hamilton, OH/Ross Senior) tossed a seven-hitter, but the No. 15 Case Western Reserve baseball team fell to No. 2 Emory University, 3-0, today and were eliminated from UAA title contention at the 2015 UAA Baseball Championship.
Shields scattered seven hits in tossing a complete game, yielding three runs, only one of which was earned.
CWRU threatened in the second inning when freshman second baseman Alex Capetillo (Cincinnati, OH/Turpin) reached on an error and sophomore rightfielder Aaron Cain (Hartville, OH/Archbishop Hoban) singled for the only CWRU hit of the day, but were both stranded on the bases.
The Spartans, who gave up five unearned runs in yesterday's 9-2 loss to Washington University in St. Louis, gave up two unearned runs in the third inning to fall behind 2-0.
The Spartans had runners at second and third with one out in each of the sixth and seventh innings, but could not convert either opportunity.
In the sixth inning, sophomore centerfielder Antonio Damiano (Naples, FL/Gulf Coast) walked and sophomore leftfielder Josh Neal (Gaithersburg, MD/St. John's College) reached on the Eagles' third error. Senior first baseman Rob Winemiller (Twinsburg, OH/University School) bunted the runners to second and third, but the next two batters were retired.
The following inning, Aaron Cain walked and senior third baseman Kerrigan Cain (Hartville, OH/Archbishop Hoban) was hit by a pitch. A ground out moved the runners up to second and third, but Emory starting pitcher Jackson Weeg recorded back-to-back strikeouts.
With the loss, the Spartans fell to 4-3 overall and in the UAA. They will round out UAA Baseball Championship play against Brandeis tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.