Taylor’s Game One Gem Highlights Spartan Sweep of Oberlin; O'Brien Ties Stolen Base Record

Rebecca Taylor (photo by Ryan Baker)
Rebecca Taylor (photo by Ryan Baker)

OBERLIN, Ohio – Led by a stellar pitching performance in game one by sophomore pitcher Rebecca Taylor (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe), the Case Western Reserve University softball team swept Oberlin College by scores of 6-1 and 11-1 in five innings in a Saturday afternoon doubleheader at Culhane Field.

The wins move the Spartans (16-13) to a season-high three games over the .500 mark heading into a season-long eight-game home stand. The sweep drops the Yeowomen to 3-17.

In addition to Taylor's gem on the mound, individual offensive standouts were aplenty. Amongst those performances, sophomore second baseman Molly O'Brien (Northbrook, Ill./Loyola) stole three bases to tie 2011 graduate Beth Andrasik's career record of 34. 

In game one, the Spartans got on the board quickly when O'Brien was hit by a pitch, stole a base, and scored on a groundout by sophomore rightfielder Gena Roberts (Miami, Fla./Palmer-Trinity). The lead grew to 3-0 in the second as sophomore leftfielder Ashley Parello (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) led off with a homerun in an inning that also saw an RBI single by junior shortstop Makenzie Lein (Petersburg, Mich./Ida) and an RBI triple by freshman third baseman Rachel Komar (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga).

The Spartans kept the heat on in the third when Lein knocked in a pair with a double that made the score 6-0. The Yeowomen got their lone run in the fourth via a sacrifice fly by Sadie Oliver-Grey.

That Oberlin tally would be all that Taylor (13-10) surrendered in her 13th complete game of the season. In seven innings, the sophomore right-hander struck out 11 and allowed just three hits and two walks.

At the plate, Komar was a career-best 4-for-4 with a triple and a stolen base. Lein finished 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Oberlin's Katie Pipelow was knocked out of the game in the second, while Oliver-Grey threw 5.1 innings of relief with only two earned runs allowed.

In game two, Oberlin grabbed its only lead of the day when a Pipelow single made the score 1-0. The Spartans came right back with three in the second as Parello and freshman designated player Taylor Lemke (Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels) hit back-to-back RBI doubles that were followed two batters latter by an O'Brien RBI single. O'Brien then promptly stole second and third to tie Andrasik's career record of 34. 

Parello added an RBI double in the third, and the Spartans put the game away with three more in the fourth. O'Brien drove in one with a single, while junior catcher Amy Taylor (Brier, Wash./Inglemoor) plated two with a single. 

The Spartans then invoked the eight-run mercy rule with four in the fifth as freshman outfielder Kristen Klemmer (Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park) hit a two-run single and then came around to score on a long-ball by Komar. 

On the mound, freshman Marisa Kohley (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) improved to 2-0 with her first career complete game. The rookie right-hander allowed just two hits while striking out five. 

For the game, O'Brien finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and a pair of steals. Lemke was a career-best 3-for-3 with three runs scored, while Klemmer, Lein, Parello and Amy Taylor were each 2-for-3. 

The Spartans play their first of four-straight home doubleheaders on Monday, April 15 versus the University of Mount Union at 3:00 p.m. at Mather Park.