The Case Western Reserve University baseball team, ranked 12th in Division III, will travel to Marietta, Ohio for a doubleheader against the 20th-ranked Marietta College Pioneers on Sunday, April 29th, starting at 12:00 p.m.
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Case Western Reserve was ranked 12th in both the D3baseball.com and the ABCA/ Collegiate Baseball Top-25 this week, and checked in at first in the Mideast Region in the first NCAA Regional Rankings, released on Thursday afternoon. The Spartans stand at 25-7 overall and 10-3 on the road, and are coming off an 11-6 loss at home to Wooster on Wednesday. CWRU is batting .287 as a team with 6.8 runs scored per game, while the pitching staff has a 3.22 ERA and a .237 opponents' batting average.
Junior second baseman Rocco Maue is batting .371 this season and leads all CWRU hitters with 43 runs scored, 11 home runs and 31 RBIs. Senior designated hitter Alex Capetillo has hit a team-leading .480, and junior catcher Tyler Wypiszenski has added a .271 average at the plate with four home runs and 29 runs batted in. The Spartans' rotation consists of junior Mark Gross (4-4, 4.13 ERA), sophomore Casey McConihe (3-1, 2.94 ERA), senior Ben Murphy (4-1, 2.25 ERA) and freshman Matt Levine (5-0, 2.18 ERA). Options out of the bullpen include senior Liam Killingstad (2-1, 2.12 ERA, eight saves), sophomore Scott Kutschke (4-0, 2.20 ERA, one save) and junior Corey Brown (3-0, 2.76 ERA, one save).
Head Coach Matt Englander is in his 12th season with the team, and holds a 283-210-2 career record. The 2014 Mideast Region Coach of the Year and winningest coach in program history has led the team to nine-consecutive seasons of 24 or more victories, three UAA Championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances, while notching a .657 winning percentage (246-128-1) over the last nine seasons. Englander is assisted by Nick Callahan, Branden Stucky and Andrew Rossman.
Marietta stands at 22-9 on the year, including a 7-5 home record, and will travel to Denison for a single game on Thursday and host a doubleheader against OAC-rival John Carroll on Saturday, prior to taking on the Spartans. The Pioneers were ranked 20th in the latest D3baseball.com Top-25, and 19th in this week's ABCA/ Collegiate Baseball poll, and were fifth in the initial Mideast Region rankings. The team is batting .283 and averaging 6.7 runs per game, while the pitching staff has a 3.65 ERA with a .248 opponents' average.
The Pioneers' top hitters include sophomore infielder Geoff Snyder (.374, one home run, 17 RBIs), junior first baseman Mike Hale (.346, five home runs, 38 RBIs) and senior infielder Chris Petrucci (.328, 17 RBIs, 17 stolen bases). Leading the way for Marietta on the mound this year have been senior David Stover (8-1, 1.88 ERA), freshman Dalton Wiggins (2-1, 2.78 ERA), senior Scott Oberhelman (4-1, 3.09 ERA) and senior Ian Luttrell (3-1, 5.40 ERA).
Marietta is under the leadership of Head Coach Brian Brewer, who has gone 489-203-1 during his 15 seasons with the Pioneers, and 568-288-1 during his 19 year career as a head coach, which includes a four-year stint with John Carroll. Brewer is assisted by Chad Langley and Chris Stout.
In 10 meetings with Marietta since the start of the 2000 season, the Spartans have gone 4-6. The teams last played during the 2016 season, with the Pioneers winning two games in a three-game series. In the team's 2-0 victory over Marietta in 2016, Mark Gross and Liam Killingstad combined on a six-hit shutout, while Rocco Maue and Dan Watson each drove in runs.
- The 2018 UAA Championship was the third in the program's history for Case Western Reserve. The Spartans can clinch their first outright title should Emory lose one game of their four-game series at New York University over the weekend. CWRU is the only team in the conference to have not lost a series during the first two years of UAA site play, and ended the year with more league wins (23) during the last two years than any other squad.
- As of Thursday afternoon, the Spartans were ranked 17th among Division III teams in strength of schedule, according to D3baseball.com, which accounts for both opponents' winning percentage (two-thirds) and opponents' opponents' winning percentage (one third).
- Sunday's games are scheduled to be the Spartans' fifth and sixth this season against a team ranked in the top-25 nationally at the time of the contest. The Spartans previous split a pair of games against then-fourth ranked Washington and Jefferson (winning 7-2 and dropping an 8-2 decision), defeated SUNY Cortland 3-2, and lost to Wooster 11-6.
- The Spartans have gone 7-5 against regionally-ranked opposition this season. Marietta is scheduled to be CWRU's final regionally-ranked opponent of the season.
- Alex Capetillo is three hits away from 100 for his career… Jacob Kucia recorded his 100th-career hit against Washington… Rocco Maue is two runs away from 100 for his career… Tyler Wypiszenski is nine hits away from 100 for his career.
- Maue is third among Division III players with 11 home runs this season, which marks a new school record. He is also 32nd in Division III and is second in the UAA with 32 runs scored, and leads the conference and is 49th in Division III with 19 stolen bases.
- Liam Killingstad is eighth in Division III and leads the UAA with eight saves this season, one away from the program's single-season record, originally set by Jose Vega in 2012. His 14 career saves are second in school history, and are four away from the program record of 18, set by Dan Sondag (2012-15).