Spartans Fall to John Carroll; Trail Ohio Wesleyan 11-7 in Suspended Game

Aaron Cain (photo by David Schofield)
Aaron Cain (photo by David Schofield)

In a pair of games at Nobby's Ballpark in Cleveland on Friday afternoon, the Case Western Reserve University baseball team saw its seven-game winning streak come to an end with a 7-6 loss to John Carroll University in the early game, and trailed Ohio Wesleyan University 11-7 in the late contest before it was suspended after the eighth inning due to darkness.

The game against Ohio Wesleyan is scheduled to be completed on Sunday, when the Spartans head to Delaware, Ohio for games against the Bishops and the Allegheny College Gators.

Game 1 - John Carroll 7, CWRU 6
The Blue Streaks stuck for three runs with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, coming from behind to defeat Case Western Reserve 7-6. 

John Carroll took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first inning.  The Spartans halved the lead with a run in the bottom of the second on an RBI single from junior catcher Eric Eldred, but John Carroll added on a run in the top of the third, taking a 3-1 lead.

The Spartans tied the game in the bottom of the third on a two-RBI single from freshman designated hitter Tyler Wypiszenski, and took the lead in the fourth when freshman second baseman Jacob Kucia scored on a wild pitch, and added a run on an RBI single from junior right fielder Tony Damiano.

The Blue Streaks pulled back within a run, scoring in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 5-4, before sophomore first baseman Daniel Watson scored on a groundout in the seventh to extend the CWRU lead back to two, 6-4.  The score remained 6-4 until the top of the ninth, when, down to their final out, the Blue Streaks took advantage of a pair of CWRU errors to score three runs, and take a 7-6 lead.  The Spartans would be retired in order in the bottom of the inning, ending the game.

Kucia led the Spartans with three hits to raise his season batting average to .292, while junior center fielder Aaron Cain went two-for-four with two runs, and junior left fielder Josh Neal went two-for-four with a stolen base and a run.

Junior Jake Shields started and scattered nine hits, allowing four runs and striking out four over six innings in the no-decision.  Senior Connor Tagg suffered the loss despite not allowing an earned run in his 1.2 innings, falling to 2-1.

Mark Pisanello pitched the final two innings for John Carroll, earning the win to improve to 1-0 for the season.

The loss to John Carroll dropped the Spartans to 15-10 on the year, while the Blue Streaks improved to 9-12.

Game 2 – OWU 11, CWRU 7 (Suspended After 8 Innings)
The Spartans trimmed a nine-run deficit to as few as a pair of runs, and will try to complete the comeback when the game is continued on Sunday, as Case Western Reserve trails Ohio Wesleyan 11-7 after eight innings of play.

Ohio Wesleyan's Pete Munger held the Spartans scoreless until the seventh, while the Bishops would score a run in the first, two in each of the third and fifth, and four in the seventh to take a 9-0 lead over Case Western Reserve. 

The Spartans rallied in the seventh, capitalizing on three Ohio Wesleyan errors and scoring seven runs in the inning to trim the lead to 9-7, at one point, bringing the potential game-tying run to the plate.  Including in the frame was a two-RBI single from Cain, and RBI hits from Damiano and Eldred.

Ohio Wesleyan responded with two runs in the top of the eighth to extend their lead back to four, 11-7.  After the Spartans were retired in order in the eighth, the game was called due to darkness.

Action will be continued on Sunday, when the team heads to Delaware, Ohio for a scheduled 10:00 a.m. contest against Ohio Wesleyan.  The Spartans are also scheduled to face Allegheny College at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday in Delaware.