The Case Western Reserve University baseball team will travel to MCU Park in New York, New York this weekend for a four-game University Athletic Association series against New York University. Due to rain on Friday, the Spartans and the Violets will begin their series with a doubleheader starting at noon on Saturday, April 6th, followed by a second doubleheader on Sunday, April 7th starting at 9:30 a.m.
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The Spartans stand at 13-8 overall following a 7-2 win on Wednesday over Baldwin Wallace University at home, and will carry a 2-3 road record into this weekend's games. CWRU currently stands in fourth place in the UAA with a 0-2 conference record, after losing both games of a rain-shortened series against Washington last weekend. The team is batting .316 this season and averaging 7.6 runs per game, while the pitching staff has a 2.85 ERA and a .236 opponents' batting average. Top hitters for the Spartans include senior third baseman Jacob Kucia (.420, 16 RBIs), junior outfielder Samuel Neal (.356, three HRs, 19 RBIs), sophomore first baseman/ outfielder Benjamin Stawicki (.344, 11 RBIs), senior second baseman Rocco Maue (.325, four HRs, 20 RBIs) and sophomore outfielder/ catcher Jake Ryan (.344, three HRs, 23 RBIs). The rotation is anchored by sophomore Matt Levine (2-2, 1.74 ERA) and freshmen Nick Denove (3-2, 2.79 ERA), freshman Willem Bouma (3-0, 1.29 ERA), and junior Casey McConihe (1-2, 9.53 ERA), while junior Scott Kutschke (4-0, 0.38 ERA), senior Corey Brown (0-1, 3.12 ERA, three saves) and junior Paul Slota (0-0, 2.16 ERA) have been the team's top options out of the bullpen.
CWRU Head Coach Matt Englander picked up the 300th win of his career during the Spartans' victory over Baldwin Wallace on Wednesday. Now in his 13th season with the team, Englander has a career record of 300-221-2, good for a .576 winning percentage. CWRU has won at least 24 games each of the last nine seasons, and has made the NCAA Tournament four times and won three UAA Championships under Englander. He is assisted by Nick Callahan, Branden Stucky and Jake Plata.
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY VIOLETS
The Violets will enter the weekend on a three-game winning streak, and have improved to 13-3 overall, including a perfect 8-0 mark at home this season. This weekend's games will be the first UAA contests of the season for the Violets, after the team was off from conference play last weekend. NYU has hit .333 as a team this season and is averaging 10.1 runs per game, while the pitching staff has a 3.76 ERA and a .195 opponents' batting average. The team's top hitters include senior outfielder Jack Walter (.434, 12 RBI, 12 SBs), senior first baseman Colman Hendershot (.397, 3 HRs, 22 RBIs) and freshman shortstop Zane Baker (.395, 1 HR, 16 RBIs). The Violets' rotation consists of junior Sal Cammisuli (3-1, 1.27), junior Ford Ladd (4-1, 2.48 ERA), sophomore Gabriel Golob (4-0, 2.70 ERA) and senior Tim Salvadore (0-0, 7.15 ERA), while top relief options include sophomore Joseph Prisco (0-1, 1.13 ERA, 5 saves) and junior Zach Cohen (1-0, 1.42 ERA).
The Violets are coached by Doug Kimbler, who has coached the team since it was restarted in 2015, and has gone 105-73 during his five seasons with the Violets. For his eight-year coaching career, the 1998 graduate of Saint Rose has gone 145-186, which includes a three-year stretch at Hartwick and two years at NYU-Poly.
The Spartans and the Violets have played each year since 2015, the first season of New York University's reinstituted baseball program. During that time, CWRU holds a 7-3 overall record, including a 3-1 mark in games at MCU park.
Last year, the Spartans took three of four games from NYU, dropping the opening contest of the series 12-3, before battling back for wins of 13-3, 7-5 and 4-3. CWRU hit .307 as a team during last year's series, led by a six-for-15 (.400) performance by Samuel Neal, while Rocco Maue went six-for-19 (.316) with a home run and six RBIs. On the mound, Scott Kutschke made three appearances over the four games, going 2-0 with eight shutout innings, and Matt Levine added 5.1 innings without an earned run in a start.
- CWRU is 5-0 this season when scoring 10 runs or more in a game, and has won 71-straight games when scoring 10 runs or more, dating back to April 17, 2011.
- The Spartans are batting .376 as a team (65-of-173) against left-handed pitching this year. In addition, CWRU's hitters are reaching base at a .478 mark to leadoff innings this season (compared to a .416 mark overall).
- Left-handed hitters are batting just .194 (25-of-129) against CWRU pitchers this season.
- Jacob Kucia leads the Spartans this season with nine multiple-hit games, including four games of three or more hits. Jake Ryan has paced the squad with six multiple RBI games this year.
- Scott Kutschke leads all UAA pitchers with a 0.38 ERA this season, and is tied for second in the league with four wins. He is also fourth in the league with 27 strikeouts.
- Ryan leads the UAA with 23 RBIs, and is tied for third among conference hitters with three home runs.
- Kucia ranks fourth in the UAA with a .420 batting average, and his 34 hits are second among all league players
- Rocco Maue is fifth in the UAA with 20 RBIs and tied for the league lead with four home runs this season. Sam Neal is tied with Ryan for third in the UAA with three home runs.
- Willem Bouma is fifth among UAA pitchers with a 1.29 ERA.
- Nick Denove ranks third in the conference with 29 strikeouts.
- Corey Brown is tied for second among UAA pitchers with three saves in 2019.