Spartans Fall to Western New England 2-0

Spartans Fall to Western New England 2-0

The Case Western Reserve University baseball team suffered a 2-0 loss to Western New England University on Friday afternoon at the Spartan Southern Classic in Lexington, South Carolina.

The loss dropped the Spartans to 6-6 overall on the season, while Western New England improved to 2-1 with the victory.

The setback game despite another strong effort on the mound from sophomore starting pitcher Matt Levine, who yielded just one earned run and two total on four hits and six walks, while striking out a batter during his eight inning effort.

The Spartans also had their opportunities in the game at the plate, outhitting the Golden Bears 9-4 on Friday while drawing a pair of walks and getting hit by six pitches, but struggled to come up with the big hit, leaving 12 men on base and hitting into three inning-ending double plays.

The Spartans left the bases loaded in both the first and second innings, and Western New England broke through for an unearned run in the top of the third off Levine.  The score remained 1-0 until the top of the eighth, when a bases-loaded walk from Levine, who finished the game with 111 pitches, brought across the second run of the game for the Golden Bears.

CWRU had one last shot to tie the game in the ninth after a one-out hit by senior third baseman Jacob Kucia, but senior catcher Tyler Wypiszenski lined a rocket back to the pitcher, who made the catch and threw to first to nab Kucia for the game-ending double play.

Sophomore right fielder Benjamin Stawicki went three-for-three at the plate for CWRU, and Kucia added a pair of hits, including a double.

Levine took the tough loss, falling to 1-1 on the year, while Western New England starter Paul Wetmore improved to 1-1 with the win, and Sean Halligan pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save of the campaign.

The Spartans and the Golden Bears will play again on Saturday, March 16th at 1:00 p.m. in Lexington.