Case Western Reserve University junior catcher Tyler Wypiszenski and junior pitcher Mark Gross were selected as the University Athletic Association Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, based on their performances during the 13th-ranked Spartans' four-game series against Ohio Wesleyan University last weekend.
Wypiszenski collected five extra base hits and drove in a team-leading seven runs to lead the team at the plate over the weekend. He started three games at catcher and another as the designated hitter, batting .389 (seven-for-18) with four runs, three doubles, two home runs and seven runs batted in, while slugging .889 and notching a .389 on base percentage. In the opening game of the series, an 8-0 win, the right-handed hitter went two-for-four with a run scored, an RBI and a double. He followed that with a two-for-five performance with a double later in the day, driving in two of the team's three runs in an 8-3 loss. On Sunday, Wypiszenski recorded the first multiple home run game of his career in the first game of a doubleheader, going two-for-five with two home runs, two runs scored and three RBIs in an 11-1 victory. He rounded out his weekend by going one-for-four with an RBI double and a run scored during a 5-3 win in the second game of the day.
Wypiszenski has hit in five-straight games, and is now batting .264 this season with five doubles, two triples, three home runs and 15 runs batted in. This was his first UAA Athlete of the Week honor of the season, and the second overall he has earned over his collegiate career.
Gross led the Spartans to an 8-0 win over the Battling Bishops with eight shutout innings, setting the tone for the series during the opening game of the series on Saturday afternoon. Gross allowed just three hits during his eight shutout innings of work, striking out four batters and walking just one. He earned the win in the game, improving to 3-0 on the season, while lowering his earned run average to 0.56 for the season.
Gross has struck out 19 batters through 32.0 innings of work this year, holding opposing hitters to a .208 average, and the Spartans are 4-0 in his starts this season. This was the fourth career UAA Athlete of the Week honor for Gross, and his second of the season.
The Spartans improved to 13-2 overall with the series win over the weekend, and rose to 13th in this week's D3baseball.com Top-25. Case Western Reserve will begin conference play this weekend, opening up their UAA slate with a four-game series against Emory University, starting with a singles game on Friday, March 30th at 3:00 p.m.
The following Spartan players have earned weekly honors this season:
D3Baseball.com Team of the Week
UAA Athlete of the Week