Wolz Ties RBI Record, but Spartans Fall Twice to No. 17 Trine

Lauren Wolz belts her 23rd career homerun to tie the school RBI record. (photo by Ryan Baker)
Lauren Wolz belts her 23rd career homerun to tie the school RBI record. (photo by Ryan Baker)

CLEVELAND, Ohio  - Senior first baseman/designated player Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) tied the school RBI record, but the Case Western Reserve University softball team dropped both ends of a home doubleheader with No. 17 nationally-ranked Trine University (Ind.) on Saturday at Mather Park. The Thunder grabbed game one, 4-2, and took the nightcap, 6-1.  

Despite the losses, the Spartans (15-10 overall) have won 9-of-12 and are right back in action with another home twinbill versus Bethany College (W. Va.) on Sunday, April 1 at 1:00 p.m. With the sweep, Trine improves to 17-3.

Wolz, Case's all-time leader in career homeruns, drove in her 112th career run with a solo homer in the fourth inning of game two – her 23rd career long ball.

In game one, Trine loaded the bases with three walks in the second inning, but sophomore shortstop Makenzie Lein (Petersburg, Mich./Ida) made a fine diving play to save a run and record the final out. After two more scoreless innings, the Thunder broke through in the fourth as Sarah Belote reached on a walk, moved over on a sacrifice bunt and a groundout, then scored on a two-out error.

The Spartans quickly answered in their half of the inning as freshman rightfielder Gena Roberts (Miami, Fla./Palmer-Trinity) led off with a double and came home following a single to right by Wolz.

However, Trine came right back with a pair in the fifth thanks to a two-run homer to left by pitcher Andi Gasco. From there, Trine's junior pitcher held the Spartan offense in-check while her offense generated one more insurance run with a two-out RBI single from Tori Cuebas in the seventh. Case's only other score came via a two-out solo homer to left by senior third baseman Kaeleen Boden (Strongsville, Ohio/Holy Name).  

On the mound, freshman Rebecca Taylor (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe) was the tough-luck loser for Case, allowing just two earned runs on four hits and five walks with seven strikeouts. For Trine, Gasco kept Spartan batters off-balance all game and allowed five hits while fanning three.

At the plate, Wolz was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while sophomore catcher Amy Taylor (Brier, Wash./Inglemoor) was 1-for-2 with a walk.

In game two, Trine got off to a quick start with back-to-back doubles from Kelly Tresick and Carly Searles, making the score 1-0 in the first. The Thunder picked up an insurance score in the fourth with a Haleigh Daniels RBI double, but Case got the run back on Wolz's third homer of the season.

However, Trine would put the game away in the sixth when Daniels ripped a three-run homer to left, making the score 5-1.

The Spartans loaded the base with no out in the sixth, but Gasco came on in relief and recorded three-straight outs to secure the lead.

Freshman pitcher Christina Hunger (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora) started for the Spartans and threw the first five innings. Hunger (4-1) allowed three earned runs on seven hits and struck out two in her first loss of the season.

Ashton Morgan started for Trine and threw the first 3.2 innings, while Bree Fuller tossed the next 1.1 to improve to 2-0. Gasco allowed two hits over the final two frames to secure her second save of the year.

At the plate, Hunger was 1-for-2, while Wolz and Amy Taylor were each 1-for-3 for the Spartans.