2020 CWRU Softball Season Recap

2020 CWRU Softball Season Recap

The Case Western Reserve University softball team recorded its ninth-consecutive winning season in 2020, finishing the campaign with an overall record of 6-4 before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Spartans ended the season strong as they won their last two games in Clermont, Florida, including a 12-2 run-rule shortened victory over Defiance College. Overall for the season, the Spartans hit .355 and scored 66 runs, with the pitching staff notching a 3.16 team ERA.

Case Western Reserve was paced during the year by senior first baseman Nicole Carty, senior pitcher/ outfielder Ilissa Hamilton, junior shortstop Sarah Miller, junior catcher Dusstyn Reynolds and sophomore third baseman Liv Thomas who were each selected to the All-University Athletic Association Team.

Unlike previous years, where first- and second-All-UAA teams were selected, there was only one All-UAA team recognized in 2019-20, due to the shortened season.

Carty, a two-time All-UAA selection, started all 10 games for the Spartans, leading the team with 10 RBI's, ranking tied for first on the team in home runs with one and ranking third among all CWRU players with a .406 batting average. For her career, Carty ranks tied for fourth in school history with eight triples, tied for sixth in home runs with 14 and 10th in runs batted in with 90.

Hamilton, a three-time All-UAA honoree and a 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection, led the team with a 2.63 earned run average as she only allowed 12 earned runs in 32 innings pitched. She ranked first on the team with 27 strikeouts and posted a 3-1 record in five starts. Hamilton also totaled a team-high four complete games. In addition to her work on the mound, Hamilton batted .217 (5-for-23) with one double, six RBI's and eight runs scored. In just three years as a Spartan, Hamilton ranks fourth in school history with 326 strikeouts, sixth in wins with 37 and seventh in innings pitched with 338.1.

Miller finished her junior season ranked second among CWRU players with a .500 batting average (17-for-34). She led the team in runs scored (14), stolen bases (11), doubles (4) and triples (2). In addition, Miller also collected one home run and seven runs batted in.

Reynolds ranked first on the squad with 21 hits in 40 at-bats for a .525 batting average. She ranked tied for second on the team with three doubles, while also tallying eight RBI's and seven runs scored. Reynolds earned UAA hitter of the week honors on March 16th.

Thomas, a two-time All-UAA selection, finished her sophomore campaign ranked fourth among CWRU players with a .394 batting average. She finished tied for first on the team with one home run and second with nine runs batted in. Thomas also scored four runs and collected three walks.

Other major contributors for the Spartans during the year included junior outfielder Hope Yashnik who ranked fifth on the team with a .333 batting average (10-for-30) and hit two doubles and tallied three RBI's. First-year utility player Amanda Riely batted .320 (8-for-25) with six runs scored, five RBI's and one double, and senior outfielder Caitlin Smith tallied a .313 average (5-for-16) with five runs scored, five RBI's and one double.

Adding depth on the mound behind Hamilton was junior Sidney Brannam. The third-year Spartan appeared in six games during the year, recording a 2.72 ERA and striking out 19 batters in 28.1 innings of work. She posted a 3-2 record and notched two complete games.

In addition to the team's success on the field, the Spartans excelled in the classroom as well. Brannam, Carty, junior Arisa Cleaveland, senior Melissa Cuellar, Hamilton, Miller, Reynolds, Thomas, junior Sydney Wagner and sophomore Grace Yeung all received UAA spring All-Academic recognition.

The Spartans earned the following honors during the 2020 season:

CoSIDA Academic All-District

Ilissa Hamilton

S. Abington Twp, Pa. / Scranton Preparatory School

First Team

 

All-UAA

Nicole Carty

Pittsford, N.Y. / Pittsford Sutherland

2nd of Career

Ilissa Hamilton

S. Abington Twp, Pa. / Scranton Preparatory School

3rd of Career

Sarah Miller

Lorain, Ohio / Marion L. Steele

1st of Career

Dusstyn Reynolds

Wooster, Ohio / Wooster

1st of Career

Liv Thomas

Maumee, Ohio / Anthony Wayne

2nd of Career

 

UAA Athlete of the Week

Dusstyn Reynolds

Wooster, Ohio / Wooster

Mar. 16

 

UAA All-Academic Recognition

Sidney Brannam

Austin, Texas / St. Dominic Savio Catholic

Nicole Carty

Pittsford, N.Y. / Pittsford Sutherland

Arisa Cleaveland

Long Beach, Calif. / Woodrow Wilson

Melissa Cuellar

Grand Island, Neb. / Grand Island Senior High

Ilissa Hamilton

S. Abington Twp, Pa. / Scranton Preparatory School

Sarah Miller

Lorain, Ohio / Marion L. Steele

Dusstyn Reynolds

Wooster, Ohio / Wooster

Liv Thomas

Maumee, Ohio / Anthony Wayne

Sydney Wagner

Lewis Center, Ohio / Olentangy

Grace Yeung

Ann Arbor, Mich. / Skyline

 

The following were the Spartans statistical leaders during the season:

Hitting

Batting Average

Dusstyn Reynolds

.525

Hits

Dusstyn Reynolds

21

Doubles

Sarah Miller

4

Triples

Sarah Miller

2

Home Runs

Nicole Carty, Sarah Miller, Liv Thomas

1

Runs Batted In (RBI)

Nicole Carty

10

Pitching

Wins

Ilissa Hamilton, Sidney Brannam

3

Innings Pitched

Ilissa Hamilton

32.0

Strikeouts

Ilissa Hamilton

27

Earned Run Average (ERA)

Ilissa Hamilton

2.63