Spartans Complete Perfect Weekend with Sweep Over Wash U.

Spartans Complete Perfect Weekend with Sweep Over Wash U.

The Case Western Reserve University softball team completed a perfect weekend with a sweep of a doubleheader over Washington (Mo.) University at the WU Softball Field on Sunday afternoon, picking up a 14-6 win in six innings over the Bears in the early contest and a 9-2 victory in the late affair.

The two wins raised the Spartans record to 23-13 overall and 10-8 in the UAA, while Washington fell to 15-18 overall and 4-11 in the conference.

Game 1: CWRU 14, WashU 6 (6 innings)
The Spartans and the Bears were tied at 5-5 until the top of the fifth when CWRU jumped out to a 13-5 lead after an eight-run inning. WashU scored a run in the bottom of the fifth, but CWRU would answer with a run of their own in the top of the sixth, en route to a run-rule shortened victory for the Spartans over the Bears in the first game of the day.

Junior Melissa Cuellar and senior Nicole Doyle each drove in a team-high four runs in the game, while sophomore Hope Yashnik added a three-for-three performance with three runs batted in.

Washington scored a run in the bottom of the first to take the early 1-0 lead in the game. CWRU would answer the next half inning after Cuellar and Yashnik each collected a RBI single to give the Spartans 2-1 lead.

Case Western Reserve added to the lead in the top of the third with three runs in the inning after Cuellar hit a three-run homer over the center field wall. The Bears would score a pair of runs in their half of the third and fourth innings to even the game at 5-5 after four innings of play.

The Spartans' offense then erupted in the top of the fifth with eight runs in the inning to take a 13-5 lead. Included in the inning were RBI singles from sophomore Sydney Wagner, Yashnik and sophomore Dusstyn Reynolds, while the big hit in the inning came from Doyle as she crushed a grand slam to left field that capped off the eight-run, six hit inning for the Spartans.

WashU scored a run in the bottom of the fifth and CWRU would match that run in the top of the sixth with a RBI single from sophomore Arisa Cleaveland to secure the 14-6 victory in six innings.

Junior Ilissa Hamilton started and went five innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on 12 hits, while striking out five hitters. She improved to 12-6 on the season with the victory. Freshman Grace Yeung pitched the final inning in relief, allowing zero runs on two hits. Madison Denton suffered the loss for the Bears as she dropped to 8-9 on the campaign.

Game 2: CWRU 9, WashU 2
The Spartans made the most of their 11 hits and took advantage of five errors from the Bears to claim a 9-2 win over Washington in the late affair.

CWRU broke through for one run in top of the first after Cleaveland scored on a wild pitch. The score remained 1-0 until the top of the second, when sophomore Sarah Miller scored on a throwing error by the Bears second baseman to increase the lead to 2-0.

The Spartans added five more runs in the top of the third, including a RBI sacrifice fly from Doyle, a two-run RBI double from Thomas and a RBI double from Hamilton to give CWRU the 7-0 advantage. WashU scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning to cut the lead to 7-2.

The score remained 7-2 until the top of the sixth when junior Nicole Carty hit a RBI single through the right side of the infield and then Cuellar drove a RBI double to right center field to put the score at 9-2. CWRU would hold the Bears scoreless for the remainder of the game to secure the victory.

Sophomore Sidney Brannam went the distance and earned the win to improve to 10-5 on the year. She allowed two earned runs on eight hits, while striking out four batters. Holly Stoner took the loss for WashU in the game, falling to 3-2 for the season.

Case Western Reserve will return to action on Tuesday, April 30th, when the welcomes Ohio Northern University to Mather Park for a doubleheader. The first pitch on Tuesday is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.