Baseball to Face #11 Wooster on Thursday

Baseball to Face #11 Wooster on Thursday

Case Western Reserve University will return to Ohio this week, starting with a Thursday non-conference meeting with the 11th-ranked College of Wooster on April 18th at 4:00 p.m. in Wooster, Ohio.

Fans can follow the action on Thursday with video at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/wooster/ and live stats at https://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2018-19/boxscores/20190418_4vao.xml.

The Spartans will enter the game with an 18-11 overall record, including a 7-6 mark in road games.  CWRU is batting .300 and averaging 6.9 runs per game, while the pitching staff has a 3.29 team ERA and a .246 opponents' average.  Leading hitters for the team include senior third baseman Jacob Kucia (.369, 1 HR, 21 RBI), sophomore outfielder/ catcher Jake Ryan (.341, 5 HRs, 27 RBI), junior outfielder Samuel Neal (.329, 3 HRs, 19 RBI) and senior second baseman Rocco Maue (.328, 4 HRs, 25 RBI).  Top starting pitchers include sophomore Matt Levine (4-2, 2.30 ERA) and freshman Nick Denove (4-2, 2.55 ERA), while junior Scott Kutschke has been the top option out of the bullpen with a 4-0 record, three saves and a 0.56 ERA.

Wooster has won four-straight games to improve to 17-6 overall, including an 8-2 record in home games.  The Fighting Scots are batting .349 as a team and averaging 9.2 runs per contest, while the pitching staff has a 3.82 ERA and a .273 opponents' average.  Wooster's top hitters include Garrett Crum (.460, 3 HRs, 34 RBI), Jake Stuursma (.413, 2 HRs, 23 RBI) and Dan Harwood (.393, 2 HRs, 30 RBI).  The team's rotation is anchored by Chandler Dippman (5-2, 3.52 ERA), while the most-used bullpen options have been Christian Julius (3-0, 2.20 ERA), Colin Springer (1-0, 2.53 ERA) and Wyatt Linde (1-1, 4.76 ERA).

CWRU will be looking to turn around a stretch of back-to-back losses to Wooster, dating back to the 2017 season.  Last year, the Spartans suffered an 11-6 setback to the Fighting Scots, despite a two-RBI game from Tyler Wypiszenski and 5.2 innings of three-hit relief work from Tony Smodilla.