The Case Western Reserve University softball team suffered pair of losses against 21st-ranked Brandeis University on Saturday afternoon at Marcus Field in Waltham, Massachusetts, dropping the first game, 4-1, before falling 3-2 in the second contest of the day.
The sweep dropped the Spartans to 16-10 overall and 5-5 in the University Athletic Association, while Brandeis raised its record to 18-1-1 and 7-1 in the UAA.
Game 1: #21 Brandeis 4, CWRU 1
The Spartans claimed the early lead in the first game of the day, as junior Melissa Cuellar hit a RBI single that drove in freshman Brittany Hoopingarner to give CWRU a 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning.
However, the Judges' offense was able to score four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Brandeis' pitching held the Spartans offense scoreless in the final two innings, as they secured the 4-1 victory.
Junior Ilissa Hamilton took the loss for CWRU, falling to 8-4 on the year. Cuellar led the Spartans at the plate in the first game as she collected two hits.
Game 2: #21 Brandeis 3, CWRU 2
The Spartans got out to the early lead in the second game of the day, as junior Nicole Carty stole second and junior Caitlin Smith stole home to give CWRU a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Brandeis responded in the bottom of the third with a run to even the score at 1-1.
CWRU once again executed the double-steal during the top of the inning, as freshman Hannah Olivares stole second and sophomore Arisa Cleaveland stole home to reclaim the Spartan lead at 2-1. The Judges were able to even the score again, this time at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Brandeis would eventually hit a walk-off sac fly in the bottom of the seventh to earn the 3-2 victory.
Sophomore Sidney Brannam started and went 6.1 innings. She allowed two earned runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out four batters. She fell to 7-5 with the loss. Carty led the Spartans at the plate with a two-for-three performance.
Case Western Reserve will return to action on Wednesday, April 17th, when the team returns home to host Heidelberg University for a doubleheader at Mather Park. The first pitch on Wednesday is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.