Case Western Reserve University is scheduled to play the first home games of its 2017 season this weekend, when the Spartans continue University Athletic Association competition with a four-game series against Brandeis University at Nobby's Ballpark in Cleveland, Ohio from Friday, March 31st through Sunday, April 2nd.
The series will begin with a 3:00 p.m. game on Friday, March 31st, followed by a doubleheader starting at noon on Saturday, April 1st. The final game of the set is slated to be played on Sunday, April 2nd at 12:00 p.m. As always, the schedule is subject to change due to weather, and fans are encouraged to check back at athletics.case.edu for any schedule updates.
Series/ Live Coverage
Friday, March 31st
3:00 PM: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/live (video), http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2016-17/boxscores/20170331_l27l.xml (live stats)
Saturday, April 1st
12:00 PM: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/live (video), http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2016-17/boxscores/20170401_90p6.xml (live stats)
3:00 PM: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/live (video), http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2016-17/boxscores/20170401_utu4.xml (live stats)
Sunday, April 2nd
12:00 PM: http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/live (video), http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2016-17/boxscores/20170402_9y99.xml (live stats)
Case Western Reserve has won seven of its last 10 games to improve to 8-11 overall for the season and to 2-2 in UAA play. The Spartans are coming off a split of a UAA series with Emory University, then the third-ranked team in Division III, including victories of 11-2 and 20-15 during a doubleheader sweep on Saturday in Atlanta. The team is batting .274 this year and averaging 6.8 runs per game, while the pitching staff has a 5.71 ERA with a .281 opponents' average.
Junior Dan Watson leads the team with a .354 batting average, while senior Aaron Cain (.347), senior Tony Damiano (.338) and sophomore Tyler Wypiszenski (.333) are also batting over .300 for the season. Wypiszenski has a team-high 20 RBIs, while Damiano has paced the squad with 20 runs scored and eight stolen bases. On the mound, junior Ben Murphy has gone 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA this season, and sophomore Mark Gross has a 2-3 record with a 3.60 ERA over six starts. Junior Liam Killingstad has led the team out of the bullpen with a 2.65 ERA over eight appearances.
The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Matt Englander, who is in his 11th season with the squad. His career record of 242-198-2 is good for a winning percentage of .550, and is now just three wins shy of the program record by a head coach. Englander is assisted by Nick Callahan and Branden Stucky.
Weather has hampered the Judges this season, with Brandeis playing just six games entering this weekend (all away from home) and going 1-5. The team last played on March 24th, suffering a 4-1 loss to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Brandeis is hitting .199 as a team and scoring 2.3 runs per game, while the pitching staff has a 3.91 earned run average with a .249 opponents' batting average.
The team's leading hitter is Dan O'Leary with a .316 batting average, while Kyle Lussier has a .294 average with a home run and three runs batted in. On the mound, Tim Lopez has a 1.12 ERA through two appearances and a start, while Sean O'Neill is 1-1 on the campaign with a 1.45 ERA and has struck out 26 batters in 18.2 innings.
The Judges are led by Derek Carlson, who is a graduate of the university and now in his second year at the program's helm. Carlson has gone 20-22-1 during his two seasons with Brandeis, and holds a career record of 262-272-2, which includes a 15-year stretch at Roger Williams. He is assisted by Chris Travers, Kent Graham, and Borja Berasaluce.
The Spartans are 11-16 against Brandeis since the start of the 2001 season, but have won six of the last seven meetings with the Judges. Last year at the UAA Tournament, CWRU won both of its matchups against Brandeis, claiming victories of 7-1 and 6-3 in Sanford, Florida. Jake Shields earned the win in the first game, allowing three runs over 6.1 innings of work, while Aaron Cain went three-for-five at the plate. In the second game, Mark Gross pitched seven shutout innings en route to a victory, allowing just three hits and striking out four, while Cain added another three-hit performance, including a pair of doubles.
For more information on the series history, go to http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/SeriesHistory?opponentRpi=73.
Case Western Reserve sophomore catcher/ designated hitter Tyler Wypiszenski was named the UAA Hitter of the Week, after batting .571 with seven runs batted in during the four games against Emory last weekend… Although the Spartans have yet to play a game at home this season, they have been the home team in two of their five neutral-site games, going 1-1 in those contests… The Spartans are batting .357 (10-for-28) with the bases loaded this season, including a perfect four-for-four from Wypiszenski… For his career, Wypiszenski is six-for-nine with the bases loaded… CWRU is batting .313 as a team with runners in scoring position this year, including a .450 mark (nine-for-20) from Wypiszenski and a .364 tally (12-for-33) from Tony Damiano… Aaron Cain has a .567 on base percentage when leading off an inning this season… The Spartans are 3-1 in games where the opponent starts a left-handed pitcher… CWRU is 6-1 when leading after six innings and 7-1 when leading after seven… The Spartans have outscored their opponents 22-7 in the ninth inning of games this season… CWRU is 7-2 when they outhit their opponents in games, and 7-3 when holding their opponents to five or fewer runs… Senior catcher Eric Eldred currently has a team-long active six-game hitting streak… Wypiszenski has hit safely in five-straight games… The team is 5-0 in games started by either Ben Murphy or freshman Casey McConihe… Sophomore Mark Gross' career 3.55 ERA ranks as the fifth lowest in school history for any pitcher with at least 50 innings pitched… Senior Jake Shields is seventh with a 3.65 ERA, while junior Liam Killingstad is eighth with a mark of 3.75… Killingstad also has the lowest opponent batting average in school history (.224), while Shields has amassed 19 career wins, five shy of the program record.