Special Day for Lein Highlights Spartan Softball Sweep of Wooster in Home Opener

Makenzie Lein (photo by Ryan Baker)
Makenzie Lein (photo by Ryan Baker)

CLEVELAND – Senior shortstop Makenzie Lein (Petersburg, Mich./Ida) went a combined 4-for-6 and set the school record for career runs as the Case Western Reserve University softball team swept The College of Wooster to open the home portion of the 2014 schedule on Saturday afternoon at Mather Park.

The Spartans (17-9) defeated the Fighting Scots (10-13) by scores of 14-6 (5 innings) and 9-1 (6 innings).

Lein's four hits included her third home run of the season and four RBI. Her second run scored in game one also surpassed Carla Kinyon's (1998-01) previous CWRU career mark of 113. With her four runs on the day, Lein has 116 in 148 games played.

In addition to Lein, two other Spartans recorded four RBI for the day, junior second baseman Molly O'Brien (Northbrook, Ill./Loyola) and sophomore centerfielder Rachel Komar (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga).

On the mound, sophomore Rebecca Molnar (Independence, Ohio/Independence) carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning in game two as part of her third win of 2014.

In the opener, the Spartans struck for four in the first and seven in the second. O'Brien led off the first with a homer to left, and Komar highlighted the second with a three-run double to left center. After the Fighting Scots scored five in the top of the third, the Spartans responded with three in the bottom of the frame as O'Brien doubled home a pair.

For the game, O'Brien was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI. Sophomore outfielder Abbey Filliez (Canton, Ohio/Perry) finished 2-for-2, and sophomore third baseman Erin Dreger (Alliance, Ohio/Alliance) went 2-for-3.

On the hill, freshman Annie Wennerberg (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) pitched the first four innings and struck out four to improve to 9-2 this season.

Wooster was led offensively by Jenna Kendall, who was 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI. Rylee Bouillion (4-2) took the loss in four innings of work.

In game two, the Fighting Scots scored one in the second when Carly Schoenstein walked, stole second, moved to third on an error, and scored on a fielder's choice. After a scoreless frame, the Spartans exploded for eight runs in the fourth as Lein provided a three-run homer. In the bottom of the sixth, CWRU invoked the varsity run rule for the second time on the day when senior catcher Amy Taylor (Brier, Wash./Inglemoor) doubled home Lein.

Lein wound up 3-for-3 in the game with three RBI and a stolen base. Wennerberg was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Molnar (3-0) allowed just one unearned run in six innings while striking out five.

Georgia Hill (0-1) took the loss for Wooster with seven unearned runs allowed. Two errors in the fourth opened the flood gates.

The Spartans wrap up their four-game homestand tomorrow afternoon with a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader against Thiel College (Pa.).