Case Western Reserve University suffered a pair of setbacks on Saturday, falling 13-3 in seven innings to Emory University in the first game of a doubleheader, followed by a 10-6 loss in the second game, concluding their four-game series against the Eagles in Atlanta, Georgia.
The losses dropped the Spartans to 18-11 overall, including a 5-5 mark in the University Athletic Association. Emory improved to 18-12 on the year, including a 7-1 league mark.
The Spartans lost three of the four games in the series, marking the first time in three years of site play in the UAA that CWRU has dropped more than two games in a four-game series.
Game 1: Emory 13, CWRU 3 (7 innings)
The Spartans could not make an early three run lead hold up, as Emory claimed a 13-3 victory in seven innings in the first game of the day.
Case Western Reserve scored three runs with two outs in the first inning, taking a 1-0 lead on a double by freshman designated hitter Nathan Shapiro, and adding on two more runs on a two-RBI single for senior catcher Tyler Wypiszenski.
However, Emory was able to take the lead with four runs in the bottom of the second, and extended its advantage with five more in the third. The Eagles added on singles runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings, and then secured the run-rule victory with a pair of runs in the seventh.
Junior outfielder Samuel Neal went two-for-three with a double in the game, and sophomore outfielder Jake Ryan added a two-for-four performance with a run scored.
Freshman Willem Bouma suffered the first loss of his collegiate career in the game, dropping to 3-1. Senior Mark Gross held Emory to just a run on three hits and a walk over two and a third innings of work out of the bullpen.
Emory's Jack Moore picked up a complete-game win, improving to 3-2 for the campaign.
Game 2: Emory 10, CWRU 6
An early lead went to waste for the Spartans for the third-straight game, as Emory topped CWRU 10-6 in the series finale. A pair of errors cost CWRU in the game, resulting in six unearned runs crossing the plate.
For the first time in the series, Emory was on the board first with a run in the bottom of the first inning, but the Spartans responded with two in the top of the second. After a pair of walks to start the inning, junior first baseman Noah Mehrle singled off the Emory pitcher with one out in the frame to score senior third baseman Jacob Kucia and even the score at 1-1. Freshman outfielder Cole Jarrett followed with a sacrifice fly, plating senior outfielder Jacob Pestel to give the Spartans a 2-1 advantage.
In the third inning, the Spartans added to their lead, with back-to-back doubles by Neal and Ryan producing the first run of the frame. Ryan would later come around to score on a throwing error, pushing the Spartans' advantage to 4-1. CWRU would add a run with two outs in the fifth inning, as Kucia walked, stole second, and scored on a single by Wypiszenski.
However, Emory would once again rally for a big inning, scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth, going ahead 6-5.
The Spartans responded in the top of the sixth, putting runners at second and third with one out, and eventually tying the game on a wild pitch that scored Mehrle. Emory once again had an answer, scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth (two unearned) to take a 9-6 lead. The Eagles added on another run in the bottom of the eighth to extend their lead to four, en route to the win.
Maue and Wypiszenski each went two-for-five in the game, and Kucia reached base three times, going one-for-three with two runs scored and a pair of walks.
Junior Paul Slota suffered the loss in relief, falling to 1-1 on the year. Jack Brodsky earned the win out of the bullpen for Emory, raising his record to 6-2.
Case Western Reserve will be back in action next week with three non-conference games, starting with a matchup against the College of Wooster, ranked seventh in Division III, on Thursday, April 18th at 4:00 p.m. in Wooster, Ohio.