CWRU Falls at #5 Wooster 10-5

CWRU Falls at #5 Wooster 10-5

Despite taking an early lead and hanging close throughout, the Case Western Reserve University baseball team suffered an 10-5 setback against the fifth-ranked College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio on Tuesday afternoon.

The loss dropped the Spartans to 21-15 on the season, while Wooster improved to 25-5 with the victory.

CWRU senior left fielder Josh Neal and sophomore third baseman Jacob Kucia each had two of the team's six hits in the game, and freshman first baseman Casey McConihe went one-for-four with a triple and three runs batted in.

The Spartans jumped in front of the Scots in the game with a run in the top of the first.  After senior center fielder Aaron Cain led the game off with a hit by pitch, Kucia reached on an infield single, with a throwing error allowing the runners to move to second and third.  With one out in the inning, McConihe plated Cain with a groundout, putting CWRU ahead 1-0.  A leadoff double by Neal and a sacrifice fly from sophomore shortstop Rocco Maue extended the Spartans' lead to 2-0 in the second.

The score remained 2-0 until the bottom of the third, when the Scots collected three-straight two-out singles, including two-RBI hit from Michael Wielansky to knot the score.  Wooster took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth, when Jamie Lackner opened the inning with a single, eventually coming around to score on a groundout by Ryan Ostendorf, and added a run later in the inning on a Chandler Dippman run-scoring single.  A two-RBI single for Garrett Crum in the fifth made it a 6-2 lead for the Scots.

Case Western Reserve responded in the top of the sixth, with Kucia starting the frame by reaching on a hit by pitch and senior right fielder Tony Damiano drawing a walk to put two on for McConihe, who followed with a triple to score two and cut the Wooster lead to 6-4.  After a walk to Tyler Wypiszenski put the tying run on base, an infield hit by Neal scored McConihe from third to bring the Spartans back within a run, 6-5, still with nobody out in the inning.  However, CWRU could not bring across another run in the frame, and the Scots added single runs in the sixth and seventh and two in the eighth to put the game out of reach for CWRU.

Junior Ben Murphy allowed four runs, three earned in 3.2 innings for CWRU for his first loss of the season, falling to 4-1 on the year.  Michael Houdek picked up the victory for Wooster, improving to 6-2 for the campaign.

The Spartans will return to Nobby's Ballpark tomorrow for their final home game of the 2017 season, hosting John Carroll University, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:00 p.m.