Roberts Posts Career Day, Wolz Breaks RBI Record as Spartans Sweep Bethany

Gena Roberts celebrates following her third homerun of the season. (photo by Lynne Browske)
Gena Roberts celebrates following her third homerun of the season. (photo by Lynne Browske)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Freshman Gena Roberts (Miami, Fla./Palmer-Trinity) was a combined  7-for-8 at the plate with a homer, seven runs batted-in and four runs scored, while senior first baseman/designated player Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) broke the school RBI record as the Case Western Reserve University softball team swept Bethany College (W. Va.) on Sunday afternoon at Mather Park. The Spartans won the opener, 11-2 in five innings, and held off a late Bethany rally for a 13-12 win in the nightcap.

Case improves to 17-10 overall and has won 11 of the last 14 contests heading into a home doubleheader with Heidelberg University on Wednesday, April 4 at 3:30 p.m. The Spartans are only two wins shy of equaling the team's total from all of last season.

With the losses, Bethany sees its record dip to 3-14.

Wolz broke the CWRU career record for RBI with her 113th via a single in the third inning of game one. The All-American already owns the school homerun record with 23.

In the opener, the Spartans got on the board in the second with a solo homerun to right center off of the bat of sophomore catcher Amy Taylor (Brier, Wash./Inglemoor), her first of the season and fourth career.

The Spartans tacked on three more runs in the third highlighted by Wolz's RBI single to right center, plating Roberts. The other two Case runs scored via a Bison error and a fielder's choice for freshman pitcher Christina Hunger (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora).

Bethany responded with a pair of runs in the top half of the fourth inning cutting the Spartan edge in half as Emily Jump doubled to left center and Lauren Wiegman brought her home on a two-run homer to left. However, Case answered in the home half of the frame as senior third baseman Kaeleen Boden (Strongsville, Ohio/Holy Name) singled to left to leadoff the frame and eventually came around to touch home when Roberts drilled her third homer of the season to right center.    

In the bottom of the fifth, Case induced the eight-run rule with five tallies, highlighted by two-run doubles from Boden and Roberts.

On the mound, freshman Rebecca Taylor (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe) improved to 12-9 allowing two runs on just three hits with four strikeouts and a walk.

At the plate, Roberts was a perfect 4-for-4 with a career-high four RBI along with two runs scored, while Boden was 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs. Additionally, Wolz was 2-for-2.

Kelsey Bish took the loss for Bethany, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits with three punchouts and two walks.

In the nightcap, Bethany scored a pair of early runs off of Hunger, who got the starting nod on the mound, when Maria Vallone hit a two-run blast just over the left field fence.

Riding the wave of offensive momentum from the final innings of game one, Case put three scores on the board in the bottom half. Continuing her offensive outburst, Roberts recorded her fifth RBI during the twinbill with a double to right center scoring freshman second baseman Molly O'Brien (Northbrook, Ill./Loyola), who drew a leadoff walk.

Trailing 3-2, Bethany regained the lead with two in the top of the second, but that advantage was short-lived as Case moved ahead for good with five runs in the third and four more in the fourth. During the two-inning outburst, Rebecca Taylor cleared the bases with a single to left field, Roberts added her sixth RBI for the day with a solid single through the left side and O'Brien brought home a trio of Spartans with a double to right center.

Bethany posted a late rally in the top of the seventh thanks to four-straight Spartan errors that led to six runs, but Hunger worked out of the jam for her third complete game.

Hunger (5-1) picked up the victory on the mound in game two throwing all seven innings. The rookie hurler gave up 12 runs, but just two were earned as the Spartan defense committed eight errors.

For the game, Roberts was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs. Amy Taylor was 3-for-3 with two runs, O'Brien drove in three, and freshman outfielder Shruthi Srinivas (Clemsford, Mass./Clemsford) was 1-for-3 with three runs.

Following Wednesday's twinbill with the Student Princes, the Spartans conclude their eight-game homestand with a doubleheader on Friday, April 6 versus Oberlin College. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.