Baseball to Open 2020 with Three Games at Earlham this Weekend

McConihe runs to first after hitting the ball
McConihe runs to first after hitting the ball

The Case Western Reserve University baseball team will get its 2020 season underway this weekend, when the Spartans travel to Richmond, Indiana to take on Earlham College in a three-game series. The two teams will begin the weekend with a single game on Saturday, February 22 at 3:00 p.m., to be followed by a doubleheader starting at noon on Sunday, February 23.

Fans can follow all of the action throughout the weekend with live video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVP9Ws1jouOIlikuTJnzLog. Live stats links for each game will be posted to the CWRU baseball schedule page at https://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2019-20/schedule when they are made available.

Case Western Reserve, which received votes in the D3baseball.com Preseason Top-25, went 24-15 in 2019, including an 8-8 record in road games. The Spartans received a pool 'B' bid to the NCAA Championships last year, winning a pair of games and placing second in the Wooster Regional. CWRU is slated to return 16 players, including all-region selections in sophomore left-handed pitcher Nick Denove (7-2, 1.99 ERA), junior catcher Jake Ryan (.345, 15 doubles, nine home runs, 39 RBIs) and senior left-handed pitcher Scott Kutschke (4-0, 2.15 ERA, four saves). The Spartans' roster will also feature 14 newcomers in 2020.

For the Spartans' complete season preview, go to https://athletics.case.edu/sports/bsb/2019-20/releases/20200213f2cf2w.

Earlham was 16-21 overall last season, including a 9-13 mark in home games.  The team is slated to return three All-HCAC selections from last year in first team junior pitcher Joey Gerbus (4-2, 2.38 ERA, two saves), second team senior infielder Danny Dopp (.347, 3 HR, 25 RBI), and honorable mention junior infielder Austin Hatfield (.276, 1 HR, 20 RBI).

Box scores from each game will be posted to athletics.case.edu following each contest, and a recap will be available on the website at the completion of each day.