Case Western Reserve University freshman pitcher Sidney Brannam was named the University Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week for Softball, while senior second baseman Maren Waldner was named the UAA Hitter of the Week, after helping the Spartans to seven wins in eight games last week.
Waldner batted a team-best .613 (19-for-31) and scored 11 runs, while also driving in eight RBI's during the spring break games in Tucson, Arizona. During the trip, Waldner hit safely in every game, including multiple-hits in six of the eight spring break games. In the last game of the trip, Waldner helped the Spartans' defeat Gustavus Adolphus 13-2 as she led the team with a four-for-five performance and four runs scored.
For the season, Waldner is batting .565 (26-for-46) with a team-high 15 runs scored, seven doubles, one triple and 10 RBI's. Waldner currently ranks first among all University Athletic Association players in batting average, and ranks fifth in runs batted in.
This was Waldner's first career UAA Hitter of the Week honor.
Brannam went 4-1 on the mound, allowing seven earned runs in 26.0 innings pitched, while striking out 17 batters. During the Spartans' 7-0 win against the Rochester Institute of Technology, she pitched six scoreless innings, allowing zero runs on two hits and struck out one batter.
For the season, Brannam has a 6-1 overall record, including three complete games. She has totaled a team-high 36 innings pitched, allowing nine earned runs on 30 hits, while striking out 24 batters. She leads the team with a 1.75 earned run average. Brannam currently leads the University Athletic Association in wins and ranks third in both earned run average and strikeouts.
This was Brannam's first career UAA Pitcher of the Week honor.
Case Western Reserve will be back in action this week when the team travels to Alliance, Ohio to take on the University of Mount Union for a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 21st. The first game of the doubleheader is slated to start at 3:00 p.m.
The following Spartans have been named UAA Athletes of the Week for softball this season: