CLEVELAND, OH - Freshman pitcher Ben Murphy (Jeromesville, Ohio/Wooster) threw six strong innings, senior first baseman Rob Winemiller (Twinsburg, Ohio/University School) drove in three runs, and sophomore leftfielder Josh Neal (Gaithersburg, Md./St. John's College) stole home as the Case Western Reserve University baseball team defeated Wittenberg University 9-3 in the second game of a doubleheader at Nobby's Ball Park.
Murphy picked up the second win of his rookie season, allowing five hits, three runs (two of which were earned), and striking out four over six innings. Senior reliever Eddie Abramson (Maitland, Fla./Winter Park) pitched three scoreless innings, yielding just two hits, and fanning two to earn his first save of the year.
Winemiller grounded out to score a run in the Spartans' three-run first inning and later doubled home two runs with two outs in the sixth inning to make the score 8-3. After the Tigers scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning to even the game 3-3, Neal stole home with two outs in the home half of the inning to give CWRU the lead for good, 4-3.
Senior third baseman Andrew Gronski (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) singled three times, scored twice, and drove in a run, raising his season batting average to .347. Senior designated hitter Jordan Swisher (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Sutherland) singled in a pair of runs in the first inning.
Sophomore centerfielder Aaron Cain (Hartville, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, while senior second baseman Kerrigan Cain (Hartville, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) scored twice and contributed his team-leading 19th run batted in of the season. The Cain brothers are tied for the team lead with 20 runs scored.
With the win, CWRU improved to 17-10. Junior starting pitcher Neal Krentz allowed only one hit in 6.1 innings in the first game of the twinbill without a walk and struck out five. He allowed two runs, one of which was unearned. However, two Tiger runs in the seventh inning broke the Spartans' eight-game winning streak, 3-2.
The Spartans and Tigers will play another doubleheader tomorrow at Wittenberg at noon.