ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - The Case Western Reserve University softball team defeated New York University 12-4 in six innings in their first ever meeting during the third day of the University Athletic Association Championship.
The Spartans are now 9-1 and 4-1 in the UAA, while the Violets drop to 0-9 and 0-5 in the UAA. Now at the halfway point of the conference championship, the Spartans are tied for first place with Washington University in St. Louis.
CWRU grabbed a quick lead in the bottom of the first. After senior second baseman Molly O'Brien (Northbrook, Ill./Loyola) stole second base, she scored on a single by freshman centerfielder Katie Wede (Carmel, Ind./Carmel). Senior Gena Roberts (Miami, Fla./Palmer-Trinity) hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.
In the second, O'Brien singled and advanced to second on an error by the Violets' centerfielder, scoring junior pinch-runner Taylor Lemke (Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Academy of Holy Angels).
The Violets tied the game off of the program's first grand slam. Sage Scheiwiller knocked one out of the park with bases loaded to make it 4-4.
The Spartans retook the lead with three runs in the fourth inning and five more in the sixth. O'Brien finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three runs batted in, while Wede ended 2-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI.
The Spartans will begin the second half of the UAA Championship with a doubleheader tomorrow beginning with a 10:00 a.m. matchup against #23 Washington (Mo.) and then a 1:00 p.m. game against No. 8 Emory University.