The Case Western Reserve University softball team suffered a pair of losses against the University of Chicago on Sunday afternoon at Mather Park, dropping the first game 5-3, before falling 6-5 in the second contest of the day.
Prior to the games, the Spartans honored the team's senior member, Annie Wennerberg. Wennerberg has helped the team to a 95-61 record over the last four years, including a program-record 32 wins in 2015, and a University Athletic Association Championship in 2014.
The sweep dropped the Spartans to 17-16 on the season, while Chicago raised its record to 22-11 with the two victories.
Game 1: Chicago 5, CWRU 3
The Spartans got on the board first when junior Maren Waldner hit a solo home to right center, her second of the season, to give CWRU a 1-0 lead.
The Maroons responded with runs in the next three innings, scoring one in the fourth, two in the fifth and two in the sixth, to take a 5-1 lead going into the seventh.
CWRU attempted a late comeback in the seventh when sophomore Nicole Doyle hit an RBI groundout that scored freshman Emily Nishiwaki from third. Waldner then followed with a RBI sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 5-3, but that was not enough as Chicago secured the 5-3 victory.
Wennerberg started and took the loss for CWRU, falling to 11-7 on the year. Molly Moran picked up the win for Chicago in game one, improving to 9-6, while Megan Stoppelman earned the save, her third on the season.
Game 2: Chicago 6, CWRU 5
The Maroons grabbed the early in the second game, scoring two runs in the second and one in the third to lead 3-0. The Spartans answered in the bottom half of the third when freshman Nicole Carty hit a bases-clearing three-run double to left field to tie the game at 3-3. Carty then scored on a wild pitch to give CWRU their first lead of the game at 4-3.
Chicago responded in the next inning with a run to tie the game at 4-4, and then scored two runs in the top of the sixth to take a 6-4 lead.
CWRU again attempted a late comeback when junior Grace Tritchler delivered an RBI double to right field that scored Waldner to cut the Maroon lead to 6-5. The Spartans were able to get a runner to third, but were unable to drive in the run.
Waldner and Tritchler each went two-for-four at the plate, while Carty went one-for-four with three runs batted in.
Junior Katie Dzierwa started and took the loss, falling to 5-7 on the year. Wennerberg turned in a solid relief outing, pitching the final 1.1 innings and holding the Maroons to zero runs and striking out one batter.
Stoppelman picked up the win for Chicago in game two, improving to 10-3 for the season.
Case Western Reserve will now turn their attention towards a road doubleheader, when the team travels to University Heights, Ohio to face John Carroll University on Wednesday, April 26th. The first game of the doubleheader is slated to start at 3:30 p.m.