Capetillo’s Two Home Runs Not Enough in 10-9 Loss to John Carroll

Capetillo’s Two Home Runs Not Enough in 10-9 Loss to John Carroll

Case Western Reserve University senior leftfielder Alex Capetillo helped the squad cut into an early eight-run deficit with the first multiple home run game of his career, but it was not enough for the 22nd-ranked Spartans, who fell 10-9 at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio on Tuesday afternoon.

The loss dropped the Spartans to 25-10 on the season, while John Carroll improved to 19-15.  It was the fourth-straight loss for CWRU.

Capetillo went four-for-five in the game with two home runs, three RBIs, and three runs scored.  Freshman first baseman Benjamin Stawicki added a three-for-five game with a double, and sophomore centerfielder Samuel Neal went two-for-five with a double and two RBIs.  The Spartans totaled 13 hits in the game, including seven extra base hits (four doubles and three home runs.

John Carroll jumped all over the Spartans early, as the first five batters of the game reached for the Blue Streaks with four runs crossing the plate in the first inning.  John Carroll added three two-out runs in the second and another in the third to go ahead 8-0.

Capetillo put the Spartans on the board in the fourth inning, leading off the inning with a long solo home run to straightaway centerfield, his second of the year.  The Spartans would load the bases with two outs in the innings, and a walk to freshman shortstop Jacob Lott brought across a second run to cut the lead to 8-2.

Capetillo would strike again in the fifth, hitting a two-run blast over the wall in leftfield to cut the John Carroll advantage to 8-4.  However, the Blue Streaks added an unearned run in the bottom of the inning to extend their lead to five runs.

CWRU continued to chip away at the lead, adding a run in the sixth on a two-out RBI double by Neal to cut the advantage to 9-5.  A solo home run by John Carroll's Patrick Keohane in the bottom of the seventh pushed the lead back to 10-5.  Neal drove in another run with a two-out base hit in the eighth, trimming the deficit back to four, headed into CWRU's last at bat.

The Spartans mounted one last rally in the ninth, with junior second baseman Rocco Maue doubling to start the inning and Capetillo following with a base hit.  After a Stawicki strikeout, with runners on the corners, freshman designated hitter Jake Ryan hit the first pitch he saw over the wall in centerfield to bring CWRU back within a run.

It was the second home run of the season for Ryan, each of which has come in the last two games.

However, the Blue Streaks turned to their bullpen with one out in the frame, and freshman Andrew Steele retired the final two batters to record his sixth save of the year.

Freshman starter Matt Levine took the first loss of his collegiate career on Wednesday, falling to 5-1 on the year.  Cameron Mayle earned the victory in relief for John Carroll, improving to 3-1.

The Spartans and the Blue Streaks will face each other again on Saturday, May 5th at 12:00 p.m. at Nobby's Ballpark in Cleveland.  The game will mark the start of a four-game regular season ending home stand for Case Western Reserve.