Spartans Swept by Chicago in Saturday Doubleheader

Spartans Swept by Chicago in Saturday Doubleheader

The Case Western Reserve University softball team suffered a pair of losses at Mather Park on Saturday, dropping the first game of a doubleheader against the University of Chicago 12-1 in five innings, before falling 1-0 in the second contest of the day.

The sweep dropped the Spartans to 17-14 on the season, while Chicago raised its ledger to 20-11 with the two victories.

Game 1: Chicago 12, CWRU 1 (5 inn.)
A RBI sacrifice fly from freshman Callie Wang proved to be the only run of the game for the Spartans, who fell to the Maroons 12-1 in the first contest of the doubleheader.

Chicago scored two runs in the first inning and four in the second, before Wang drove in junior Grace Tritchler with a sacrifice fly to bring the deficit down to 6-1. The Maroons scored six more runs in the fifth to get the 12-1 victory.

Tritchler had the only hit for the Spartans, while senior Annie Wennerberg started and suffered the loss for the Spartans. She dropped to 11-6 on the season.

Molly Moran earned the win for Chicago, as she improved to 8-6 on the season.

Game 2: Chicago 1, CWRU 0
A RBI double from Chicago's Maeve Garvey in the first inning proved to the difference in the second game on Saturday, as the Spartans fell to the Maroons 1-0.

The loss came despite a solid pitching performance from junior Katie Dzierwa as she allowed only one earned run on 10 hits and a walk, while striking two batters in seven innings of work.

However, Case Western Reserve could not get its offense on track in the game against Chicago starter Megan Stoppelman, who held the Spartans scoreless on five hits, while striking out three and only walking one batter, improving to 9-3 on the year with the complete-game win.

Wang led the Spartans with two hits, while Tritchler, sophomore Nicole Doyle and freshman Amanda Thornton each tallied a hit. Dzierwa took the loss for CWRU, falling to 5-6 for the season.

Case Western Reserve will return to action tomorrow, as they warp-up their four-game series against Chicago. The first game of the doubleheader is slated to start at 11:00 a.m.