Shields Matches Career Win Record in 7-4 CWRU Win over John Carroll

Shields Matches Career Win Record in 7-4 CWRU Win over John Carroll

Case Western Reserve University senior Jake Shields pitched seven strong innings to earn his program record tying 24th career win and lead the Spartans to a 7-4 victory over John Carroll University in their final home game of the season at Nobby's Ballpark on Wednesday afternoon.

Working on just three days rest, Shields allowed two earned runs and three total on six hits and two walks, while striking out five batters in the game.  With the win, he improved to 6-3 overall on the season, and to 24-10 for his career, matching the record set by former CWRU pitcher Jamie Hora (2010-13).

The win was the Spartans' sixth in their last seven games, as the team continued to play strong down the stretch, improving to 22-15 overall.  John Carroll fell to 15-18 with Wednesday's loss.

CWRU collected 13 hits in the game, including a three-for-five day from senior center fielder Aaron Cain, who also set a program record during the game with the 11th triple of his career.  Sophomore third baseman Jacob Kucia, sophomore designated hitter Tyler Wypiszenski and senior catcher Eric Eldred all had two hits on Wednesday, with eight of the nine Spartan starters registering at least one base knock in the game.

The Spartans gave Shields an early lead to work with, taking a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly from senior right fielder Tony Damiano and a two-out RBI single from Wypiszenski.  However, the Blue Streaks responded, tying the game in the top of the second with two runs against Shields, ending his streak of 36.1 innings pitched without an earned run allowed.

The score remained tied until the bottom of the fourth, when back-to-back RBI singles from Cain and Kucia gave the Spartans a 4-2 advantage.  John Carroll would get a run back in the top of the fifth, but would not get any closer the remainder of the game.

Case Western Reserve added three insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh on a solo home run by Wypiszenski, his second of the season, an error, and an RBI triple by Cain.  Junior Liam Killingstad allowed one run in an inning and a third of work, and freshman Scott Kutschke recorded the final two outs of the game to notch his third save of the season.

The win was the Spartans' 11th in 13 home games this season, as the team improved to 76-24-1 at Nobby's Ballpark over the past eight years.

The Blue Streaks' Carter Semancik allowed two runs in two innings of relief, taking the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year.

With three games remaining on the regular season schedule, the Spartans will now turn their attention towards a Sunday doubleheader at Marietta College.  First pitch of the opening game of the twinbill is slated for 1:00 p.m.