Wede Becomes CWRU’s All-Time Stolen Bases Leader as Spartans Sweep John Carroll

Wede Becomes CWRU’s All-Time Stolen Bases Leader as Spartans Sweep John Carroll

Case Western Reserve University senior Katie Wede stole one base in the first game against John Carroll University to become the program's all-time stolen bases leader, and help the Spartans to a doubleheader sweep of the Blue Streaks, with a 3-1 win in the first game and a 12-5 triumph in the second contest.

Wede's two stolen bases on the day give her 17 for the season and 67 in her career, as she passed former Spartan Molly O'Brien, for the most stolen bases in the program's history.

Senior Maren Waldner paced the team at the plate, going four-for-six over the two games with three runs batted in, two runs scored and two doubles. Senior Grace Tritchler also added a pair of RBI's over the two games.

The sweep raised the Spartans' record to 27-8 for the season. CWRU also improved to 9-1 in home games at Mather Park this season.

John Carroll dropped to 14-17 on the season with the two losses.

Game 1: CWRU 3, JCU 1
John Carroll opened the scoring in the first game with a solo home run from Jennie Broski in the top of the third to take a 1-0 lead. The Spartans quickly responded in the next half inning after Waldner hit an RBI single that scored Wede, evening the game at 1-1.

The game remained 1-1 until the bottom of the fourth when CWRU put two runs on the board, including a RBI single from freshman Arisa Cleaveland. The Spartans were able to hold on to that lead and secure the 3-1 victory.

Cleaveland finished the game three-for-four at the plate with one run batted in.

Sophomore Ilissa Hamilton started and added to her already impressive season as she allowed only one run on three hits and struck out seven batters. She improved to 12-4 on the year with the win. Jessica Cook was credited with the loss for John Carroll, falling to 3-8 on the year.

Game 2: CWRU 12, JCU 5
The Spartans were down 5-3 to the Blue Streaks heading into the bottom of the fifth, but then exploded for a six run fifth to reclaim the lead at 8-5. CWR added four more in the sixth to secure a 12-5 win over JCU in the late game.

Freshman Sidney Brannam started and went six innings to earn the win, as she improved to 13-4 with the victory. Senior Katie Dzierwa pitched one inning in relief, allowing one walk and striking out one batter.

John Carroll struck for a run in the second and third, before the Spartan answered in the bottom of the third with two runs of their own to even the score at 2-2. The Blue Streaks then reclaimed the lead after a three-run fourth to take the 5-2 advantage over the Spartans.

After a scoreless fourth inning for the Spartans, they erupted for a six-run fifth inning that allowed them to take their first lead of the game at 8-5. Included in that six run inning was RBI doubles from both Waldner and freshman Sarah Miller.

CWRU added four more runs in the sixth, including a two-run RBI double from Tritchler and a RBI double from sophomore Nicole Carty, that secured the 12-5 victory to complete the doubleheader sweep.

Case Western Reserve will be back in action this weekend, when the team travels to Chicago, Illinois to face the University of Chicago for a four-game series on Saturday and Sunday. The first game of the doubleheader on Saturday is slated to start at 2:00 p.m. ET.