CLEVELAND - The Case Western Reserve University baseball team dropped a doubleheader to St. John Fisher College today at Nobby's Ballpark in the home opener in the team's first games since the 2015 UAA Baseball Championship. The No. 25 Spartans, who are now 4-6 overall, fell 5-4 in the opening game and 13-5 in the second game of the twinbill.
After falling behind 3-0 in the first game, the Spartans scored twice in the third inning. Sophomore leftfielder Josh Neal (Gaithersburg, MD/St. John's College) led off with a single. After sophomore rightfielder Aaron Cain ((Hartville, OH/Archbishop Hoban) reached on a fielder's choice that erased Neal from the bases, sophomore centerfielder Antonio Damiano (Naples, FL/Gulf Coast) doubled. Cain scored on a balk and one out later, senior second baseman Kerrigan Cain (Hartville, OH/Archbishop Hoban) delivered a single to score Damiano.
The Spartans tied the game in the fourth inning when senior catcher Jordan Swisher (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Sutherland) singled and eventually scored on the second Cardinal balk. Senior first baseman Rob Winemiller (Twinsburg, OH/University School) singled to open the fifth inning, moved to second on a wild pitch and eventually scored on another RBI single from Cain.
St. John Fisher came back with the tying run in the sixth inning and scored the winning run in the top of the ninth inning.
Cain, Winemiller, and Neal each recorded two of the Spartans' 11 hits in the first game.
In the second game, the Spartans could not overcome eight errors and a six-run Cardinals' seventh inning broke a 5-5 tie.
Freshman first baseman Steve Dayton finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and drove in the first Spartans' run in the fourth inning to even the score 1-1.
St. John Fisher scored three runs in the fifth inning and one more in the sixth to take a 5-2 lead, but the Spartans scored three times in the sixth to tie the game. Aaron Cain came up with the big hit in the rally, a two-run single to score Swisher and Dayton.
Only four of the game's 18 runs were earned.
The Spartans return to action tomorrow with a doubleheader against Mt. Aloysius College at Pullman Park in Butler, Pennsylvania beginning at 1:00 p.m.