The Case Western Reserve University baseball team will conclude its regular season on Sunday, May 7th with a doubleheader at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. The first pitch of the first game on Sunday is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
There will be live statistics both both games at the links below:
Game 1 - http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2016-17/boxscores/20170507_59eq.xml
Game 2 - http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2016-17/boxscores/20170507_yfj5.xml
The Spartans, who suffered a 10-5 loss to John Carroll University in their last game on Wednesday, will look to close out the regular season on a positive note. The team has gone 22-16 this season, including a record of 8-11 in road games. Case Western Reserve is batting .270 as a team and scoring 6.7 runs per game, while the pitching staff has an earned run average of 4.41 with a .262 opponents' batting average.
Leading hitters for CWRU this season include senior Aaron Cain (.325, 35 runs, 23 RBIs), sophomore Tyler Wypiszenski (.314, 2 HRs, 29 RBIs) and sophomore Jacob Kucia (.292, 3 HRs, 18 RBIs). Senior Jake Shields (6-3, 3.13 ERA) and sophomore Mark Gross (3-4, 3.26 ERA) have been the team's top starters, while freshman Scott Kutschke (1.54, three saves), junior Liam Killingstad (3.34 ERA, four saves), and sophomore Corey Brown (2-1, 3.77 ERA, one save).
The Spartans are under the leadership of Head Coach Matt Englander, who is in his 11th season with the squad. He has a career record of 257-203-2, good for a winning percentage of .558, and earlier this season, became the winningest coach in the program's history. Englander is assisted by Nick Callahan and Branden Stucky.
Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets
The Yellow Jackets are 22-13 overall this season, including a 9-4 home record, and will play a doubleheader at Benedictine on Friday before hosting Case Western Reserve on Sunday. The team has won three straight and eight of its last nine games, including a doubleheader sweep at home against Muskingum on Sunday. Baldwin Wallace is batting .309 and scoring 7.1 runs per game, while the pitching staff has a 3.69 earned run average with a .247 opponents' batting average.
Seven regulars in the Baldwin Wallace lineup are hitting over .300 this season, led by Alex Marcum (.361, five home runs, 38 RBIs) and Cole Nieto (.354, six home runs, 30 RBIs). On the mound, starters Logan Heffernan (5-1, 1.46 ERA) and Evan Lovick (8-1, 1.77 ERA) have paced the team, with Jack Raines (1-0, 2.13 ERA), Danny Cody (3-3, 4.19 ERA) and Brandon Lekan (2-0, 4.61 ERA) all contributing significant innings out of the bullpen.
Baldwin Wallace is led by Head Coach Brian Harrison, who holds a record of 177-108 during his seven seasons with the team, and a 253-193 record during his 10-year head coaching career, which includes a three-year stint at Urbana. Harrison is assisted by Tom DeAngelis, Steve Hagen, Aaron Klinec and John Taylor.
The two teams played once last season, with CWRU coming away with a 6-3 win at home over the Yellow Jackets on March 29, 2016. The Spartans scored all six of their runs in the fifth inning, including two on an RBI single by Tony Damiano. Jake Shields started and earned the win in the game, and Liam Killingstad pitched two scoreless innings in relief.
Case Western Reserve has won eight of its last 13 matchups with Baldwin Wallace, and has gone 11-15 overall against the Yellow Jackets since the start of the 2001 campaign. For more information on the recent series history, go to http://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/SeriesHistory?opponentRpi=46.
The Spartans finished second in the University Athletic Association with an 11-5 conference record this season… Washington University (Mo.) won the conference with an 8-2 ledger in league play… CWRU is ranked ninth in the NCAA's most recent Mideast Regional Rankings, released on Thursday… The team's strength of schedule this season ranks as the most difficult in Division III baseball, accorinding to D3baseball.com's calculations… Sophomore third baseman Jacob Kucia and senior pitcher Jake Shields were named the UAA Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively… Shields will enter the weekend tied for the program record for career victories with 24… Shields is also one start away from the program career record… Kucia currently has a nine-game hitting streak, the longest active streak by a CWRU player… Freshman Casey McConihe has a seven-game hitting streak entering the weekend, while Tyler Wypiszenski has hit in six-straight contests… Senior Josh Neal has five triples this season, one shy of the program record, set by Gordon Daily in 1999.