GREENCASTLE, IN - A strong starting performance by Jake Shields (Hamilton, Ohio/Ross Senior) and timely hitting paced the Case Western Reserve baseball team to an 11-3 win over host DePauw University.
Shields threw five innings of five-hit ball, yielding just one run and striking out six to move to 4-2 this season.
The Spartans scored a run in the first inning when senior second baseman Kerrigan Cain (Hartville, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) doubled home senior third baseman Andrew Gronski (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson). They added another run in the second inning on a two-out, run-scoring double by sophomore leftfielder Josh Neal (Gaithersburg, Md. / St. John's College), scoring sophomore rightfielder Antonio Damiano (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast), who doubled with two outs.
CWRU led 2-1 in the fifth inning, but broke the game open with six two-out runs. Kerrigan Cain reached on a fielder's choice and senior designated hitter Jordan Swisher (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) walked. Senior first baseman Rob Winemiller (Twinsburg, Ohio/University School) doubled them both home for a 4-1 lead. Sophomore centerfielder Aaron Cain (Hartville, Ohio/Archbishop Hoban) singled before sophomore catcher Eric Eldred (Tecumseh, Mich./Tecumseh) singled down the right field line to score Winemiller.
Damiano singled to score Cain, freshman shortstop Danny Souza (Hollister, Calif./Palma) walked, and Neal drove home two more runs with a single to right, scoring Eldred and Damiano for an 8-1 Spartan lead.
CWRU scored three more times in the seventh inning to stretch the lead to 11-1. Aaron Cain and Eldred opened the inning with singles. One out later, Souza singled down the right field line to score Cain. With two outs, Gronski was hit by a pitch and Kerrigan Cain singled in the final two Spartan runs.
Neal and Kerrigan Cain each contributed two hits and three runs batted in, while Aaron Cain and Eldred each went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, and Damiano finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
The Spartans won for the 11th time in their last 13 games to reach the 20-win plateau.