Wennerberg Becomes CWRU’s All-Time Wins Leader as Spartans Sweep John Carroll

Wennerberg Becomes CWRU’s All-Time Wins Leader as Spartans Sweep John Carroll

Case Western Reserve University senior Annie Wennerberg pitched four-shutout innings in the first game against John Carroll University to become the program's all-time wins leader, and help the Spartans to a doubleheader sweep of the Blue Streaks, with a 8-0 win in five innings in the first game and an 11-1 triumph in the second contest.

Wennerberg's win was her 12th of the season and 53rd of her career, as she passed former Spartan Rebecca Taylor (2012-15), for the most wins in program's history.

Sophomore Nicole Doyle paced the team at the plate, going four-for-five over the two games with five runs batted in, three runs scored and one home run. Junior Maren Waldner and freshman Callie Wang each added three RBIs over the two games, including a home run from Wang.

The sweep raised the Spartans' record to 19-16 for the season. CWRU also improved to 4-3 in road games this season.

John Carroll dropped to 17-19 on the season with the two losses.

Game 1: CWRU 8, JCU 0 (5 innings)
The Spartans scored five runs in the third inning and added two in the fourth and one in the fifth to secure the 8-0 win over the Blue Streaks in the opening game of Wednesday's doubleheader.

Wennerberg pitched the first four innings of the game, holding JCU scoreless on zero hits and zero walks, while striking out three batters. She improved to 12-7 on the campaign with the win. Freshman Nicole Carty pitched one inning in relief, allowing zero runs on one hit and one walk.

CWRU opened the scoring in the third, when freshman Emily Nishiwaki scored on a wild pitch. Doyle then hit an RBI single to score junior Katie Wede from third. Wennerberg then followed with an RBI single and Carty capped off the inning with a two-run RBI triple down the right field line.

The Spartans scored two more runs in the fourth when Waldner hit a single up the middle to score freshman Caitlin Smith and Wede. CWRU secured the eight-run victory in the fifth when Wang hit her second home of the season.

AnnMarie Kirchner started and suffered the loss for John Carroll in the first game, dropping to 5-6 on the season.

Game 2: CWRU 11, JCU 1 (5 innings)
The Spartans jumped out to a 5-1 lead after three innings, and tacked on six more runs in the fifth, en route to another run-rule shortened victory over the Blue Streaks in the second game of the day.

Doyle drove in a game-high four runs in the game and hit her third home of the season, while Wang and Nishiwaki each drove in a pair of runs.

CWRU put a run on the board in each of the first two innings and then scored three runs in the third when Waldner hit an RBI double to right center and Doyle delivered a two-run home run to give the Spartans a 5-0 lead.

John Carroll scored their first run of the day in the bottom of the third, to cut the lead to 5-1. However the Spartans put the game out of reach with six runs in the fifth, extending the advantage to 11-1.

Junior Katie Dzierwa pitched the first four innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits, while striking out three batters. Freshman Anna Goff wrapped up the victory with a scoreless inning of relief, yielding just one hit and striking out one.

Case Western Reserve will return home for a doubleheader against DePauw University on Sunday, April 30th, starting at 12:00 p.m. at Mather Park.