Baseball Makes Changes to Weekend Schedule against #10 Wooster & #25 W&J

Baseball Makes Changes to Weekend Schedule against #10 Wooster & #25 W&J

The Case Western Reserve University baseball team has made a number of changes to its schedule this weekend to accommodate poor weather in the area over the next few days. The Spartans' doubleheader at no. 25 Washington and Jefferson, originally scheduled for Saturday, will now be played on Monday, March 2 starting at 3:00 p.m. Sunday's single game against the 10th-ranked College of Wooster, originally scheduled to be played at home, has been moved to Wooster, Ohio, and will start at 1:00 p.m.

at Wooster (Sunday, March 1 · 1:00 PM)
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at Washington & Jefferson (Monday, March 2 · 3:00 PM & 6:00 PM)
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Case Western Reserve, which received a vote in the latest Top-25 poll, will begin the weekend with a 1-2 overall record. The Spartans dropped back-to-back 5-4 games at Earlham to open the season, before picking up a 7-4 win in the finale of the three game series. CWRU is batting .255 as a team and averaging 5.0 runs per game, while the pitching staff has a 2.81 ERA and a .228 opponents' batting average.

Senior outfielder Samuel Neal leads the team with a .500 batting average, and junior catcher Jake Ryan has hit .429 with four extra base hits, including a home run. Sophomore outfielder Cole Jarrett hit a pair of leadoff home runs for the Spartans during their season-opening series. On the mound, sophomore lefty Nick Denove (0-0, 0.00 ERA), junior righty Matt Levine (0-1, 4.26 ERA) and first-year righty Benjamin Gorski (1-0, 3.00 ERA) each made starts.

The Spartans are under the leadership of 14th-year Head Coach Matt Englander, who is 312-230-2 during his time with the team. He is assisted by Nick Callahan, Branden Stucky and Tony Damiano.

Wooster, ranked 10th in this week's Top-25, will be opening their season against the Spartans on Sunday. The team is coming off a 30-15 campaign in 2019, while making a run to the NCAA Super Regionals. The team's lineup features a pair of Preseason All-America First Team selections in senior second baseman Harry Witwer-Dukes and senior designated hitter Dan Harwood.

The Scots are led by Interim Head Coach Barry Craddock, who is in his first year at the team's helm after serving as an assistant with the squad since 2008. Previously, he went 183-129 during his eight years as the Head Coach at Denison. Craddock is assisted by Matthew Johnston, Joe Winge, Chandler Dippman and Tyler Schuch.

Last year, the Spartans went 1-2 against Wooster. CWRU claimed a 21-10 win over the Scots during the regular season, but suffered back-to-back losses, 8-7 and 9-3, in the NCAA Regionals, eliminating the Spartans from the playoffs. The Spartans are 12-15 against Wooster since the start of the 1999-00 season.

The Presidents are ranked 25th in Division III currently, and will be opening their season on Sunday with a doubleheader at home against Mount Union. Washington & Jefferson went 38-13 in 2019, while reaching the NCAA Division III World Series for the second time in the last three years.

The Presidents are coached by Jeff Mountain, who is in his 17th season with the team and holds a career record of 493-260-2. He is assisted by Nic Rush, Josh Crummer, Tony Pascarella and Rick Bubash.

The Spartans are 6-4 all-time against Washington & Jefferson. The Spartans and the Presidents last played each other early in the 2018 season, splitting a pair of games. CWRU won the first game of the series 7-2, while the Presidents picked up an 8-2 victory in the second contest.