The Case Western Reserve University softball team picked up their first win of the 2020 campaign at The Spring Games in Leesburg, Florida, as the Spartans topped 14th-ranked Ithaca College 9-7 in the second game of the day, but fell 7-6 to Millsaps College in the early contest.
The Spartans moved to 1-1 on the season with the split, while the Bombers dropped to 0-2 and the Majors improved to 11-7 on the season.
Game 1: Millsaps 7, CWRU 6
The Spartans got on the board first as sophomore Liv Thomas launched a three-home run in the top of the first inning, scoring junior Arisa Cleaveland and junior Sarah Miller. CWRU added to their lead in the top of the second as Thomas collected a RBI groundout that scored Miller and then junior Dusstyn Reynolds hit a RBI single to right center field that scored senior Nicole Carty to push the lead to 5-0.
Millsaps got on the board in the bottom half of the second, cutting the Spartan lead to 5-1. The score remained 5-1 until the top of the sixth when senior Caitlin Smith scored on an error by the Majors catcher. Millsaps cut into the lead in the bottom of the sixth as they scored three runs on two hits.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Majors rallied from down 6-4 to score three runs in the inning to secure the 7-6 walk off victory.
Reynolds led the Spartans at the plate as she a perfect four-for-four with a RBI, while Thomas went one-for four with four runs batted in.
Junior Sidney Brannam started and took the loss for CWRU, falling to 0-1 on the year. Hannah Derouen picked up the win for Millsaps, improving to 5-1 on the year.
Game 2: CWRU 9, #14 Ithaca 7
The Spartans once again got out to the early lead in the second contest of the day as senior Ilissa Hamilton hit a two-run RBI single and Carty added a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second inning to give CWRU a 3-0 lead.
Ithaca responded in the top of the third as they scored five runs to take the 5-3 lead. The Spartans wasted no time reclaiming the lead in the bottom of the third, as Miller scorched a three-run RBI single that scored Reynolds, first-year Carli Tucci and junior Sydney Wagner.
The Bombers would grab the lead back in the top of the fourth with two runs of their own, but junior Hope Yashik answered those runs with a RBI single that evened the score at 7-7 in the bottom of the fourth.
The Spartans would score the eventual game-winning runs in the bottom of the fifth as Hamilton scored an error by the Ithaca catcher and then Carty would tally her second sacrifice fly of the day to score Miller from third as CWRU went up 9-7. The Spartans were able to hold onto the lead to secure the 9-7 victory.
Hamilton went the distance in the game, as she allowed six earned on seven hits, while striking out 12 batters. It was her first win of the season.
Miller and Thomas each led the Spartans at the plate as they collected three hits apiece, while Reynolds, Yashnik and Hamilton each added two hits to the team total.
Riley Piromalli appeared in relief and suffered the loss for Ithaca, dropping to 0-1 on the season.
Case Western Reserve will continue play at The Spring Games on Monday, March 9th with a game against Heidelberg University at 9:00 a.m. and round out the second day of competition against Haverford College at 11:15 a.m.