ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Freshman pitcher Annie Wennerberg (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) struck out five over five solid innings of work, and the Case Western Reserve University softball team opened play at the 2014 University Athletic Association Championship with a 13-1 victory versus Brandeis University (Mass.) on Tuesday morning at Seminole Field.
The Spartans (6-3, 1-0 UAA) earn their second victory this season versus an undefeated team as the Judges (6-1, 0-1 UAA) lose their first of the year. Overall, each of the five schools at the UAA Softball Championship will play eight games this week.
Wennerberg (3-0) allowed just one run in her five innings with five hits and zero walks. In 24.2 innings this season, the rookie hurler boasts an earned run average of 1.14.
At the plate, junior designated player Gena Roberts (Miami, Fla./Palmer-Trinity) was 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and four RBI. Junior second baseman Molly O'Brien (Northbrook, Ill./Loyola) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, three RBI and a stolen base.
The Spartans led 2-0 after three innings as Roberts provided an RBI double in the first and a sacrifice fly in the third. With two outs in the fifth, the Spartans added to their advantage as senior catcher Amy Taylor (Brier, Wash./Inglemoor) singled in front of a Roberts walk and a two-run double by sophomore third baseman Erin Dreger (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance).
Brandeis picked up a single run in the fifth with an RBI courtesy of Amanda Genovese, but the Spartans covered that score with a tally of their own in the sixth via an RBI infield single by O'Brien. In the seventh, CWRU blew the game open with eight runs on seven hits.
Junior Rebecca Taylor (Greensburg, Pa./Greater Latrobe) came on in relief of Wennerberg after the fifth and threw two shutout innings.
Samantha Wrobleski (2-1) was the victim of two errors for Brandeis and allowed a pair of unearned runs in three innings on the mound. Overall, the Spartans outhit the Judges, 16-6.
The Spartans play twice tomorrow with games versus No. 18 Washington University in St. Louis at 10:00 a.m. and the University of Rochester (N.Y.) at 12:30 p.m.