Spartans Look to Maintain UAA Momentum at NYU this Weekend

Spartans Look to Maintain UAA Momentum at NYU this Weekend

The Case Western Reserve University baseball team will look to keep its winning streak alive, when the squad travels to Brooklyn, New York for a four-game series against the New York University Violets from Friday through Sunday at MCU Park.

The series is scheduled to open with a 3:00 p.m. game on Friday, April 7th, and then continue on Saturday, April 8th with a doubleheader starting at noon.  The two teams are slated to wrap-up play on Sunday, April 9th with a single game beginning at noon.  As always, the schedule is subject to change due to weather.  Fans are encouraged to check back at athletics.case.edu for any schedule updates.

Live Coverage

There will be live video of all four games at http://gonyuathletics.com/watch/ and live statistics available for each contest at http://www.sidearmstats.com/nyu/baseball/.

 

UAA Standings

 

 
 

UAA

Overall

1.

#18 Washington (Mo.)

4-0

16-5

2.

Case Western Reserve

6-2

12-11

3.

Emory

2-6

19-11

4.

NYU

0-0

11-4

5.

Brandeis

0-4

1-9

 

The UAA Champion is determined based on winning percentage among teams with at least 10 UAA games played.  Chicago, which does not play a full UAA schedule, is not eligible for the UAA Title this season, and games against Chicago do not count as UAA games.

 

CWRU Spartans

The Spartans are winners of six-straight games, including a four-game sweep at home against Brandeis last weekend, as the team climbed above .500 for the first time this year with a 12-11 overall record.  Included in that mark is a 5-9 ledger in road games.  The Spartans have hit .280 as a team this season with 7.0 runs scored per game, while the pitching staff has a 4.97 ERA with a .263 opponents' average.

Junior Dan Watson leads the team with a .355 batting average this year, while senior Aaron Cain (.348), senior Eric Eldred (.327), sophomore Tyler Wypiszenski (.304) and senior Josh Neal (.302) are all batting over .300 this year.  Wypiszenski leads the team with 21 runs batted in, with Watson and freshman Noah Mehrle each contributing 16.  Sophomore Jacob Kucia has a team-best three homeruns to go along with a .288 average and 15 RBIs, and senior Tony Damiano has stolen 10 bases on as many attempts during the campaign.

On the mound, junior Ben Murphy has led the team with a 4-0 record and a 1.44 ERA through six appearances and four starts, while sophomore Mark Gross (2-3, 3.79), senior Jake Shields (2-3, 4.62) and freshman southpaw Casey McConihe (1-0, 10.71) are all likely to make starts during the weekend as well.  Leaders out of the Spartan bullpen this season include lefties Liam Killingstad (2.37 ERA) and Corey Brown (3.68 ERA) and right-handed pitcher Nate Glasser (4.00 ERA).

The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Matt Englander, who is in his 11th season with the squad.  With the four wins last weekend, he became the winningest coach in program history with a career record of 246-198-2, good for a winning percentage of .554.  Englander is assisted by Nick Callahan and Branden Stucky.

 

NYU Violets

NYU, which will be opening conference play this weekend against the Spartans, has gone 11-4 this season, including a 7-1 mark in home games.  The Violets have had their last three scheduled games postponed, and last played on Wednesday, March 29th, defeating Maritime College 11-3.  NYU has hit .338 as a team this season and is scoring 10.7 runs per game, and the pitching staff has notched a team ERA of 5.67 with an opponents' batting average of .253.


Jonathan Iaione (.500, 24 RBIs), Adrian Spitz (.475, 2 HRs, 27 RBIs) and Colman Hendershot (.433, 2 HRs, 29 RBIs) have led the team at the plate this season.  The Violets' starting rotation this year has featured Ford Ladd (1-0, 3.86), Cameron Serapilio-Frank (2-0, 4.03), Sal Cammisuli (1-0, 5.12) and Hendershot (1-1, 7.88), while top pitchers out of the NYU bullpen include Jarret Weiss (3-0, 2.79) and Chad Johnstone (1-0, 2.92).

The Violets are led by Head Coach Doug Kimbler, who is now in his third year with the squad and has a record of 52-49 with the team.  During his eight-year career, which includes stops at NYU-Poly (2013-14) and Hartwick (2004-06), Kimbler has an overall record of 92-162.  He is assisted by Aaron Walsh, Chris Bayer and Tommy Cardona.

 

Series History

The Spartans and the Violets have met twice since NYU reinstituted baseball at the start of the 2015 season, with both contests being high-scoring affairs at the UAA Tournament in Sanford, Florida.  In 2015, the Spartans won the first-ever matchup between the two teams 13-12, with Tony Damiano going three-for-six at the plate with two RBIs, and Aaron Cain adding a three-for-four game with a double.  Last year, after falling behind 9-0 after two and a half innings, a CWRU comeback fell just short in a 10-8 loss to NYU.  Corey Brown delivered 3.1 hitless innings in the game in relief, and Rocco Maue went four-for-six with a double and two RBIs.

For more information on the series history, go to http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/SeriesHistory?opponentRpi=479.

 

Spartan Notes

Senior co-captains Eric Eldred and Jake Shields were named the UAA Hitter and Pitcher of the Week last week, respectively, after leading the Spartans to the four-game sweep of Brandeis… Eldred started all four games at catcher for the Spartans, leading the team with a .538 batting average and six runs batted in… Shields threw a complete-game three hit shutout and struck out a career-high 12 batters in an 8-0 win over the Judges… The shutout was the second of Shields' career, as he became just the second Spartan ever with multiple career complete-game shutouts… In addition, the win in the game was the 20th of his career, moving him within one of Lance Sparks for second all-time in school history, and within four of Jamie Hora's program record… Shields also moved into fifth-place in school history with 159 career strikeouts… The Spartans are leading the UAA with a .323 batting average in their eight conference games this season… The top three hitters in conference play, by average, are all CWRU players – Eldred (.429), Aaron Cain (.419) and Dan Watson (.370)… Eldred currently has a 10-game hitting streak, matching the longest active streak by a Spartan player this season… Watson and Jacob Kucia are both currently riding six-game winning streaks… Cain is the only Spartan to play in all 23 games this year, recording multiple hits in 12 of the 23 games… The CWRU bullpen recorded a 0.93 ERA over the four games last week, allowing just one run in 9.2 innings of work… In his four starts this season, Ben Murphy is 4-0 with a 0.78 ERA, allowing just two earned runs in 23.0 innings of work, while striking out 18 batters, walking six, and yielding a .133 opponents' average… The Spartans have won their last 54 games when scoring 10 or more runs… The Spartans last loss when scoring 10 or more runs in a game occurred on April 17, 2011, when CWRU suffered a 15-14 setback to Wooster… According to D3baseball.com, the Spartans strength of schedule ranks as the fifth-toughest among NCAA Division III teams this season.