Taylor Wins Game One, Saves the Second as Spartans Earn Sweep at Denison

(L-R): Rebecca Taylor and Christina Hunger
(L-R): Rebecca Taylor and Christina Hunger

GRANVILLE, Ohio – Freshman pitcher Rebecca Taylor (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe) threw a shutout in game one and came on in relief to record her first career save in game two as the Case Western Reserve University softball team swept a doubleheader versus Denison University on Saturday afternoon at DU Softball Field. The Spartans won the opener, 3-0, and the nightcap, 3-1.

Case (10-7 overall) has won four-straight heading into a second-consecutive road doubleheader at Kenyon College tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. With the losses, Denison sees its record dip to 8-8.

Taylor fired seven shutout innings in game one then relieved fellow freshman Christina Hunger (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora) to throw three more shutout frames for the save in game two.

In the opener, the Spartans broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning when sophomore shortstop Makenzie Lein (Petersburg, Mich./Ida) hit a two-run double to left to score sophomore left fielder Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, Utah/Olympus) and freshman second baseman Molly O'Brien (Northbrook, Ill./Loyola). Case then added an insurance run in the seventh when senior third baseman Kaeleen Boden (Strongsville, Ohio/Holy Name) drew a bases-loaded walk to plate senior first baseman Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge).

Taylor was lights out on the mound, allowing just two hits and two walks with four strikeouts en route to her third career shutout.

At the plate, freshman right fielder Gena Roberts (Miami, Fla./Palmer-Trinity) was 2-for-2, while Taylor was 2-for-3.

In the nightcap, Case got all of its offense in the first two innings. Sophomore catcher Amy Taylor (Brier, Wash./Inglemoor) hit an RBI single in the first inning, while O'Brien and Lein each drove in runs in the second.

Hunger (2-0) was stellar on the mound for the second game in a row, allowing just one earned run in the fourth while striking out five. Rebecca Taylor allowed just one hit over the final three innings. In 87.2 innings pitched this season, Rebecca Taylor (8-7) has a 2.63 earned run average and 86 strikeouts. Her strikeout total has already surpassed the entire team total (81) from last year.

For the game, Amy Taylor was 2-for-4, while Roberts was 2-for-3 with a run.

Following tomorrow's twinbill at Kenyon, the Spartans return home for a Tuesday, March 27 doubleheader with Otterbein University at 3:30 p.m. at Mather Park.