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.