CWRU Softball Splits Doubleheader against Carnegie Mellon on Saturday

Melissa Cuellar swings at a pitch

The Case Western Reserve University softball team split a doubleheader at home against Carnegie Mellon University at Mather Park on Saturday afternoon, winning 5-4 in the first game, but dropping the second contest by a score of 7-1.

With the split of the doubleheader, the Spartans moved to 15-7 overall and 4-2 in the UAA, while Carnegie Mellon now stands at 6-14 and 1-7 in the conference.

Game 1: CWRU 5, Carnegie Mellon 4
The Spartans opened up the scoring early during the first game of the day, as senior Nicole Doyle hit a two-run RBI single in the bottom of the second inning to give CWRU a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Dusstyn Reynolds then delivered a RBI single through the right side of the infield that scored junior Ilissa Hamilton. In addition, Doyle was able to score on that play due to an error by the Tartans right fielder, which increased the advantage to 4-0.

The score remained 4-0 until the bottom of the fifth when freshman Liv Thomas launched her fifth home run of the season over the right field wall, pushing to CWRU lead to 5-0.

Carnegie Mellon attempted a comeback in the top of the sixth as they were able to plate four runs in the inning, cutting the Spartan advantage to 5-4. However, CWRU was able to hang on in the top of the seventh and secure the 5-4 victory.

Hamilton started and pitched all seven innings. She allowed four earned runs on two hits and a walk, while striking out eight batters. She improved to 7-3 on the season with the win.

At the plate, Doyle and sophomore Arisa Cleaveland each registered two hits, including two RBI's and a run scored for Doyle.

Game 2: Carnegie Mellon 7, CWRU 1
The Spartans took a lead in the bottom of the first during the late contest as junior Nicole Carty hit a sacrifice fly out left field that scored Cleaveland, giving CWRU a 1-0 lead.

The score remained 1-0 until the top of the fourth when the Tartans scored two runs in the inning to take a 2-1 lead. Carnegie Mellon scored another two runs in the fifth and the sixth, increasing their advantage to 6-1. The Tartans added an insurance run in the top of the seventh to secure the 7-1 victory.

Cleaveland led the squad at the plate with two hits, while Reynolds, Thomas, junior Melissa Cuellar and sophomore Hope Yashnik each tallied a hit during the second game of the day.

On the mound, sophomore Sidney Brannam allowed two earned runs on five hits and a walk, while striking out one batter in her four innings pitched. She fell to 7-3 on the year. Carty and Hamilton each pitched in relief as they combined to allow three earned runs on seven hits. Scotty McGee earned the complete-game win for the Tartans, improving to 4-4 on the season.

Case Western Reserve will be back in action next weekend when the team travels to Waltham, Massachusetts to take on Brandeis University for a four-game series on Friday and Saturday. The first game of the doubleheader on Friday is slated to start at 2:00 p.m.