Spartans Split Sunday Doubleheader with Emory to Conclude Series

Spartans Split Sunday Doubleheader with Emory to Conclude Series

The Case Western Reserve University softball team split a doubleheader on Sunday, dropping a 10-7 decision in the opening game, before bouncing back for a 3-2 win in the second game of the twin bill at Mather Park in Cleveland, Ohio.

With the split, the Spartans now stand at 19-13 overall with a 6-8 record in University Athletic Association play.  Emory, which won three of the four games in the series, is now 26-10 overall with a 12-4 league record.

Game 1: Emory 10, CWRU 7
Case Western Reserve and Emory combined for 11 runs in the fourth inning of the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, but the Eagles were ultimately able to pull out a 10-7 win in the contest to clinch a series win.

The teams exchanged runs in the second inning, as Emory got on the board with a solo home by Sami Feller, but the Spartans responded with a run in the bottom of the frame, loading the bases with one out and tying the game after junior Ilissa Hamilton was hit by a pitch.

Emory regained a lead with a six-run frame in the top of the fourth inning, going ahead 7-1 and chasing Hamilton from the mound.  The Spartans would climb right back into the contest with a five run bottom of the fourth, sending 10 batters to the plate during the frame.  With the bases loaded and one out, junior Nicole Carty singled off the wall in right center, scoring the first run of the inning.  Senior Nicole Doyle followed with a two RBI double to right center, pulling the Spartans back within three runs.  A sacrifice fly by freshman Liv Thomas scored Carty and cut the lead to 7-5, and junior Melissa Cuellar got CWRU back within a run on an RBI single that plated Doyle.

Emory added to its lead with a run in the top of the sixth, but CWRU responded in the bottom of the frame with a run-scoring groundout by sophomore Sydney Wagner that made the score 8-7.

However, Emory scored two more runs in the top of the seventh to go ahead 10-7.  The Spartans brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the seventh after freshman Grace Yeung and sophomore Arisa Cleaveland each singled to start the inning, but Emory's Madison Schaefer induced a double play and a ground out to end the Spartans' last threat, and pick up her first save of the year.

Hamilton suffered the loss for the Spartans to drop to 9-6 on the year, allowing six runs (five earned) on five hits and four walks with a pair of strikeouts over three innings of work.  Starter Madeline Maday picked up the win for the Eagles, raising her record to 7-3.

Doyle finished the game three-for-five with a double, a run and two RBIs, while Carty was three-for-five with a double, a run and an RBI.  Cleaveland, Cuellar and sophomore Dustyn Reynolds each added two of the Spartans' 14 hits in the game.

Game 2: CWRU 3, Emory 2
Case Western Reserve University sophomore Sidney Brannam went the distance with a stellar complete-game pitching effort, and Carty provided a big home run early in the contest, as the Spartans salvaged a game in the series with a 3-2 victory in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader.

After Emory scored a run against Brannam in the top of the first, Carty provided a response for the Spartans in the bottom of the frame, hitting a two-run home run, her team-leading sixth of the year, to give CWRU a 2-1 advantage.

The score remained 2-1 until the bottom of the sixth, as Brannam and Schaefer, who started the second game for the Eagles, were each able to contain the opposing offense.  However, the Spartans were able to add a key run in the bottom of the sixth, when Doyle scored on an RBI hit by Cuellar, extending the lead to 3-1.

The run in the sixth proved to be huge for the Spartans, as Emory took advantage of a two-out run scoring error in the bottom of the seventh, pulling back within a run with runners on the corners.  However, Brannam got a fly out from Jenna Wilson to leave the tying and go-ahead runners stranded, and secure the victory.

Brannam allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits without a walk over seven innings, while striking out two batters.  The complete game was her eighth of the season and third of UAA play, as she improved to 9-5 overall and lowered her ERA to 2.39 for the season.

Carty was one-for-three in the game with the two run home run, and freshman Liv Thomas added a two-for-three performance with a pair of singles.

Schaefer went the distance for Emory in the game, taking the loss to fall to 11-4 on the year.

Case Western Reserve will be back in action this week, when the team hosts its final home games of the 2019 regular season at Mather Park with a non-conference doubleheader against Ohio Northern University starting at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23rd.