Wolz Breaks Hits Record as Spartans Sweep PSU-Altoona and Reach 25 Wins

Lauren Wolz (photo by Lynne Browske)
Lauren Wolz (photo by Lynne Browske)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Senior first baseman/designated player Lauren Wolz (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) hit a pair of homeruns in the opener to break the school career hits record as the Case Western Reserve University softball team swept a doubleheader with Penn State University-Altoona on Wednesday afternoon at Nittany Lion Park on the campus of Division I Penn State. The Spartans won the opener, 13-4, and the nightcap, 11-5.

The Spartans improve to 25-14 overall, tying the 1999 squad (25-9) for the second-most wins in program history. The Lions see a four-game win streak snapped and drop to 29-7 for the season.

Wolz, a 2011 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American, now owns the CWRU career records for hits (170), homeruns (27) and runs batted-in (125).

In game one, the Spartans jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first as PSU-Altoona committed a pair of errors that led to a Wolz sacrifice fly and an RBI single by sophomore catcher Amy Taylor (Brier, Wash./Inglemoor). The lead doubled in the fourth with freshman second baseman Molly O'Brien (Northbrook, Ill./Loyola) opening the scoring with a triple that brought home sophomore leftfielder Katherine Seo (Salt Lake City, Utah/Olympus). Sophomore shortstop Makenzie Lein (Petersburg, Mich./Ida) and freshman rightfielder Gena Roberts (Miami, Fla./Palmer-Trinity) followed with back-to-back doubles to make the score 6-0.

PSU-Altoona got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with back-to-back homers from Kahla Lutz and Brooke Morningstar, then picked up a two-run double from Lily Glunt in the fifth bringing the score to 6-4. 

However, the Spartans would explode for three runs in the sixth and four more in the seventh. Roberts and Wolz hit back-to-back homers in the sixth as Wolz tied the school hits record. In the seventh, Wolz hit a two-run homer to break the hits record, while Amy Taylor and freshman pitcher Rebecca Taylor (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe) each had RBI hits.

On the mound, Rebecca Taylor logged her 22nd complete game to break the school single-season wins (18) record. In seven innings, the rookie allowed four earned runs while striking out eight.

Offensively, six Spartans recorded multi-hit games as the team pounded out a season high-tying 17 hits. Wolz was 2-for-4 with four RBI, while Amy Taylor tied a career-high with four hits in five at-bats. O'Brien was 2-for-2 with three runs scored and Roberts was 2-for-5 with her team-best seventh homer of the spring.

In game two, the Spartans kept up the offense with five runs in the first inning on five hits and two errors. Senior third baseman Kaeleen Boden (Strongsville, Ohio/Holy Name), who tied the program record for career starts with 164, keyed the rally with a two-run double. Freshman designated player Hillary Bunnelle (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) also hit an RBI double.

The Lions cut into the lead with a two-run homer from Kelly Chambers in the bottom of the first, and the score remained 5-2 through four innings. In the fifth, Case blew the game open with six runs on four hits as Amy Taylor capped the scoring with a two-run double.

Chambers belted another homer for the Lions in the bottom of the inning, a three-run shot, but that would be the end of the scoring as the Spartans earned the sweep.

Rebecca Taylor (19-10) earned another win on the mound with her 23rd complete game. She struck out six while surrendering five earned runs.

At the plate, O'Brien was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run. Roberts was 1-for-4, tying Wolz's single-season school record of 53 hits set last season. Lein was 2-for-5 with two runs, Bunnelle was 2-for-4 and Rebecca Taylor was 2-for-3.

The Spartans close out the regular season this Sunday, April 29 with a doubleheader versus Wittenberg University at 2:00 p.m. at Mather Park. The event is designated as Spartan Softball Alumni Day, and the program will dedicate its brand new scoreboard made possible through the generosity of the Flora Stone Mather Alumnae Association.