CWRU Softball Hosts Wash U. for Four Games this Weekend; Including ‘Senior Day’ on Saturday

CWRU Softball Hosts Wash U. for Four Games this Weekend; Including ‘Senior Day’ on Saturday

The Case Western Reserve University softball team will welcome Washington University (Mo.) to Mather Park for a four-game series from Friday, April 20th through Saturday, April 21st.

The series is scheduled to open with a doubleheader starting at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20th. The two teams are slated to wrap-up play on Saturday, April 21st with a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Live Coverage
Friday's and Saturday's games at Case Western Reserve against WashU will feature live video at http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/live.

Live stats links will be made available on the CWRU softball schedule page at http://athletics.case.edu/sports/sball/2017-18/schedule.

UAA Standings 

   

UAA

Overall

1.

Emory

11-1

22-8

2.

Case Western Reserve

7-5

20-7

3.

NYU

1-3

14-12

4.

Brandeis

1-7

6-14

5.

Washington (Mo.)

0-4

8-10


Senior Day
Prior to the start of the game on Saturday, the Spartans will honor the team's four graduating senior players – pitcher Katie Dzierwa, infielder Grace Tritchler, infielder Maren Waldner and outfielder Katie Wede. Together, the four seniors have helped Case Western Reserve go 93-54 over the last four seasons, good for a .633 winning percentage. Included in that mark was a 32-11 campaign in 2015, setting the program record for victories in a year. Fans unable to attend the game can watch the 'Senior Day' ceremony on Saturday's video webcast.

CWRU Spartans
The Spartans will begin their second UAA home weekend with an overall record of 20-7 and 7-5 in the conference, after winning three out of four games played at New York University last weekend. The team has hit .335 this season and averaged 6.7 runs per game this season, while the pitching staff has a team ERA of 2.69 with an opponent's batting average of .262.

Case Western Reserve is under the leadership of Head Coach Josie Henry, who is in her eighth season with the team, and has a career record of 187-122. Henry is assisted by Shannel Blackshear, Ashley Parello, Hannah Mehrle, Andrea Nagy, Annie Wennerberg and Katelyn Gibson.

Washington Bears
The Bears will play their first UAA road series of the season this weekend, as they enter with an overall record of 8-10 and 0-4 in the UAA. Washington has hit .282 this year and averaged 4.8 runs per game, while the pitching staff has a 3.62 ERA with a .265 opponent's batting average.

The Bears are led by Head Coach Michelle Venturella, who is in her second season with the program. She is assisted by Kaitlyn Dulac, Mitch Thomas, Laurel Sagartz and Dan Coffman.

Series History
This will be the second year that CWRU and WashU will play on a campus site during the Coach Henry era, and the first that the two teams will play in Cleveland.

Last year, the Spartans split a four-game series against WashU at the WU Softball Field in St Louis, Missouri. After dropping the first game of the series, CWRU came back to win the second game 3-2 in 10 innings, after a go-ahead sacrifice fly from senior Katie Wede. The Spartans lost the third game of the series, but once again defeated the Bears in 10 innings, 8-7, in the fourth game after a go-ahead two-run homer from senior Grace Tritchler in the top of the tenth.

Spartan Notes
The Spartans have gone 62-22 in home games at Mather Park over the last six seasons, good for a .738 winning percentage…The Spartans are 4-0 at home this season…CWRU is currently 7-5 in the UAA this season, after winning three out of four games played at NYU last weekend…Senior Maren Waldner is first on the squad with a .525 batting average (52-for-99) and leads the team with 52 hits and 29 runs scored…Senior Grace Tritchler has a team-best eight multiple RBI games, while Waldner has a team-best 17 multiple hit games…Senior Katie Wede leads the team with 10 stolen bases and is now only six shy of setting the new program record…Freshman Sidney Brannam currently ranks second in the UAA with 10 wins and third with a 1.98 earned run average…The Spartans have hit .346 (101-for-292) with runners in scoring position this season, and .636 (35-for-55) with a runner on third and less than two outs.