Spartan Softball Concludes Regular Season with Sweep Over Chicago

Spartan Softball Concludes Regular Season with Sweep Over Chicago

The Case Western Reserve University softball team concluded its regular season by sweeping the University of Chicago in a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon in Chicago, Illinois while increasing their win streak to eight games.

The Spartans picked up a 4-1 win over the Maroons in the early contest, and a 5-2 victory in the late affair.

The two wins raised the Spartans' record to 31-8 on the year, while Chicago fell to 19-15 overall with the losses.

Game 1: CWRU 4, Chicago 1
The first game was scoreless until the top of the third when senior Maren Waldner singled up the middle to score senior Katie Wede. Sophomore Nicole Carty followed with a two-run RBI single to left center that scored Waldner and junior Nicole Doyle to put CWRU ahead at 3-0.

The Maroons answered in the bottom of the fourth with a run, but the Spartans added to their lead in the top of the fifth when Doyle hit a solo home run to center field and that would secure the 4-1 Spartan victory.

Sophomore Ilissa Hamilton pitched the complete game, scattering three hits and, while striking out a career-high 13 and yielding just one earned run. She improved to 14-4 on the season. Molly Moran started for Chicago and suffered the loss, falling to 10-6 on the year.

At the plate, Doyle went three-for-four with two runs scored, one RBI and one home run, while Carty added a two-for-three day with two runs driven in.

Game 2: CWRU 5, Chicago 2
In the second game of the day, the Spartans struck first when freshman Sarah Miller hit a two-run home run to center field in the top of the second inning. Hamilton followed later in the inning with a double to right center that scored Carty to give the Spartans a 3-0 advantage.

The Maroons responded in the next half inning with a run of their own to cut the CWRU lead to 3-1.

During the bottom of the fourth inning, Wede made a key defensive play in center field as she reached over the fence to rob what would have been a go-ahead three-run homer for the Maroons.

The score remained 3-1 until the top of the sixth when Carty drilled a two-run homer to center field, extending the Spartan lead to 5-1. Chicago scored a run in the bottom of the sixth, but CWRU was able to hold on for the 5-2 victory.

Freshman Sidney Brannam pitched the complete game, scattering 10 hits and yielding just two runs. She improved to 15-4 on the season with the victory.

Freshman Arisa Cleaveland led the Spartans at the plate with a three-for-four performance, while Miller and Carty each went one-for-two with one home run and two runs batted in.

With the sweep on Sunday, Case Western Reserve completed a strong finish to the 2018 regular season. CWRU won their last eight games and 14 of its last 15 contests to finish with the second-most wins during the Coach Henry era.