FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Sophomore Rebecca Taylor (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe) tossed a gem, but the Case Western Reserve University softball team suffered a 2-1 loss to Methodist University to open the 2013 season in Early Bird Tournament action on Thursday evening at Monarch Field.
The Spartans are scheduled to return to action on Saturday, February 23 with a pair of games as part of the Early Bird Tournament. The entire tournament was originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, but the threat of inclement weather forced re-scheduling.
Taylor, who turned in a record-breaking rookie campaign in 2012, picked up right where she left off last spring. In seven innings, the right-hander allowed two earned runs on five hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts.
The Monarchs (1-0) did all of their damage in the first inning when Ally Griffin hit a two-run double to left center. The Spartans' lone run came via a bases-loaded RBI single from freshman Rachel Komar (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga) in the fifth. However, a runner was thrown out on the play and the inning ended.
For the game, the Spartans were held to just five hits – two of which came from Komar in her collegiate debut.
Methodist's Jessica Farmer did not surrender a walk and picked up the complete-game victory.
The Spartans play Emory & Henry College (Va.) and Lynchburg College (Va.) at 3:00 and 5:00 p.m., respectively, on Saturday. The team then wraps up the weekend versus North Carolina Wesleyan College at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24.