Spartans Swept by #3 Emory in UAA-Opening Doubleheader

Spartans Swept by #3 Emory in UAA-Opening Doubleheader

In the first University Athletic Association games of the conference's new scheduling format, the Case Western Reserve University baseball team was swept by third-ranked Emory University during a doubleheader on Friday afternoon in Atlanta, Georgia.

The pair of losses in the opening games of the four-game series put an end to a four-game winning streak for the Spartans, and dropped the team's record to 6-11 overall for the season, while Emory improved to 19-5 with the wins.

Game 1: Emory 11, CWRU 1
After the Spartans no-hit the Eagles through the first four innings of the early game, Emory exploded for nine runs over the final three innings in an 11-1 win in seven innings over Case Western Reserve.

Emory struck first in the game, scoring a run without a hit in the first inning, when Nick Chambers reached on a walk and eventually scored on a groundout by Jeff Ronpirin.

With one out in the top of the third inning, senior Eric Eldred started a Spartan rally with a single, and junior Alex Capetillo doubled down the leftfield line to put a pair of runners in scoring position.  Senior Aaron Cain followed with a sacrifice fly to deep left field, allowing Eldred to score and tie the game at 1-1.

Shields continued to hold the Eagles without a hit through the first four innings, but Emory scored another run without a hit in the third, when Chambers walked again and scored on another Ronpirin groundout.  After the Eagles picked up their first hits of the game in the fifth, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly brought across two more runs, extending the lead to 4-1.

The Eagles added three more runs, one earned off of Shields in the sixth, and a grand slam by Emory's David Draper in the seventh put an end to the game, by virtue of the 10-run rule.

Shields took the loss in the game to fall to 1-3 on the season, allowing seven runs (five earned) on five hits and five walks.  Kyle Monk picked up the complete-game win for Emory, improving to 6-0 on the year.

Game 2: Emory 4, CWRU 0

The Spartans struggled to get their offense on track in the second game on Friday, falling to the Eagles 4-0 in the late affair.

The score was knotted at 0-0 through the first five innings, with CWRU sophomore starter Mark Gross matching scoreless frames with Emory starter Billy Dimlow.  The Eagles finally broke through against Gross in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs in the inning to take the lead.

Emory added an unearned run in the seventh off reliever Liam Killingstad, to increase their lead to 4-0.  The Spartans would get men in base in six of the final seven innings, but could not get a run across the plate.

Cain and sophomore Tyler Wypiszenski each had a pair of the Spartans' seven hits in the second game.

Gross took the loss despite a well-pitched outing, allowing three runs on 10 hits over 5.1 innings of work, walking three and striking out one, and falling to 2-3 on the year.  Dimlow earned the win with eight shutout innings, raising his record to 5-0 for the campaign.

The Spartans and the Eagles will conclude their conference-opening four-game series tomorrow with a doubleheader, starting at 12:00 p.m. at Chappell Park.