Case Western Reserve University junior second baseman Rocco Maue was named the University Athletic Association hitter of the week, and freshman pitcher Matt Levine was selected as the conference's pitcher of the week, after the duo helped lead the 13th-ranked Spartans to a series win over Emory University last weekend.
Maue hit .333 (five-for-15) with two doubles, three home runs, five runs scored, three RBIs, two walks and a stolen base over the four games. In the opening game of the series, a 5-2 Emory win, the right-handed hitter went one-for-three with a walk and a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning that helped cut the Eagles' lead to a run. In the opening game of a doubleheader on Saturday, Maue was three-for-five with a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning and a pair of doubles. He scored two runs in the game as well, helping lead CWRU to a 12-6 victory. In the second game of the doubleheader, Maue extended his hitting streak to 14 games with by homering in the bottom of the seventh for the third time in as many games, in what would prove to be the deciding run in a 4-3 Spartan victory. In the final game of the series on Sunday, a 4-0 CWRU victory, he went 0-for-3, but reached on a walk, stole a base, and scored a run.
Maue leads the UAA in batting average (.413), home runs (eight), and stolen bases (13) this season, and has driven in 20 runs while scoring 27. This was the second UAA Athlete of the Week honor he has earned this season.
Levine threw a complete-game shutout, the first of his career, during the Spartans' 4-0 win over Emory on Sunday. Levine surrendered just six hits and a walk in the game, while striking out four batters. He allowed just one runner past second base, and at one point retired nine-consecutive hitters between the sixth and ninth innings. The right-handed pitcher needed to throw just 103 pitches in the complete-game shutout, the first by a Spartan pitcher since former CWRU hurler Jake Shields registered one against Brandeis on April 2nd last season.
Levine improved to 3-0 on the season with the win, while lowering his earned run average to 1.80. This was his first career conference athlete of the week honor.
After winning the series over the weekend, the Spartans improved to 16-3 overall and are tied for first in the UAA standings with a 3-1 league record. Case Western Reserve is scheduled to return to action this weekend with a four-game series against Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, starting at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6th.
The following Spartan players have earned weekly honors this season:
UAA Athlete of the Week
March 12th: Mark Gross (pitcher)
March 19th: Rocco Maue (hitter)
March 26th: Tyler Wypiszenski (hitter), Mark Gross (pitcher)
April 2nd: Rocco Maue (hitter), Matt Levine (pitcher)