The Case Western Reserve University softball team suffered a pair of losses at Mather Park in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, dropping the first game of the doubleheader against University Athletic Association opponent Emory University 7-3 in nine innings, before falling 9-7 in the second contest of the day.
Prior to the game, the Spartans honored the team's senior member, Nicole Doyle. Doyle has helped the team to a 97-60 record over the last four years, including a program-record 38 wins in 2018.
The sweep dropped the Spartans to 18-12 overall and 5-7 in the UAA, while Emory raised its ledger to 25-9 and 11-3 in the UAA with the two victories.
Game 1: Emory 7, CWRU 3 (9 innings)
Emory got the board first during the early game, as the Eagles scored two runs in the top fo the second to take a 2-0 lead. Emory increased the advantage to 3-0 in the top of the fifth when Sami Feller hit a RBI double.
The Spartans responded the next half inning as junior Melissa Cuellar hit her fourth home run of the season over the right field wall to cut the deficit to 3-1.
The score remained 3-1 until the bottom of the seventh, when CWRU rallied back to score two runs in the inning. Sophomore Sarah Miller and junior Caitlin Smith executed a double steal which allowed Smith to score. Sophomore Arisa Cleaveland then delivered a game-tying RBI single up the middle that evened the score at 3-3.
The game went into extra innings and remained 3-3 until the top of the ninth when Emory's Cassie Baca hit a grand slam that would eventually prove to be the game-winner.
Junior Ilissa Hamilton started and allowed seven earned runs on nine hits, while striking out four batters. She fell to 9-5 with the loss.
Cuellar and Hamilton each registered a pair of hits for the Spartans.
Game 2: Emory 9, CWRU 7
The second game of Saturday's doubleheader was a pitcher's duel, as both teams were held scoreless until the four inning when the Spartans erupted with four runs. Included in the inning was a two-run RBI double for Cuellar.
Emory would score a run in the top of the sixth to cut the CWRU lead down to 4-1. However, the Spartans responded the next half inning with three runs of their own to increase the advantage to 7-1. Junior Nicole Carty led off the inning with her fifth home run of the season, a solo shot over the center field wall. Cleaveland then stepped up and laced a two-run RBI single up the middle that scored Cuellar and Hamilton.
Unfortunately, the Eagles' offense came alive in the top of the seventh and scored eight runs in the inning to take the 9-7 lead. CWRU was unable to score in the bottom half of the inning, as Emory claimed the 9-7 victory.
Sophomore Sidney Brannam started and allowed seven earned runs on nine hits, while matching her career-high of six strikeouts. Carty pitched in relief and allowed two earned runs on three hits. Carty took the loss and dropped to 1-2 on the campaign.
At the plate, Cuellar led the team with a two-for-three performance, while Cleaveland added a one-for-four performance with two RBI's.
Case Western Reserve will return to action tomorrow, as they wrap-up their four-game series against Emory. The first game of the doubleheader is slated to start at 9:00 a.m. at Mather Park.