Case tops No. 21 Washington-St. Louis
Lein drives in three runs to help lead the Spartan past the Bears
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Proving Tuesday's upset of No. 21 Washington-St. Louis (9-3, 3-2 UAA) was no fluke, Case Western Reserve did it again, defeating the Bears 7-5 on Friday afternoon at the UAA championship.
The Spartans move to 6-5 overall and 3-3 in the UAA.
The Spartans built a 4-0 lead with a run in the first inning and three more in the second. Senior first baseman Lauren Wolz singled home sophomore middle infielder Makenzie Lein to open the scoring in the first, and Lein provided a two-run single to highlight the second. The Bears got back into the game with three in their half of the second as Kelsey Neal belted a three-run homer to center, but Case added two to the scoreboard in the sixth as Lein hit an RBI double and came around to score on an error.
Wash. U. once again made things interesting in the bottom of the sixth when Neal hit another homer – this time a two-run shot – to bring the score to 6-5. However, the Spartans put the game away in the top of the seventh as sophomore outfielder Katherine Seo drove home freshman centerfielder Lizzy Kolar with a single to make the score 7-5.
For the game, freshman middle infielder Molly O'Brien was 3-for 4 with a walk, a run batted-in and a run scored. Lein was 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBI, while Wolz and freshman outfielder Gena Roberts were each 2-for-4.
Overall, the Spartans pounded out 13 base-hits and did not commit an error in the contest.
On the mound, freshman pitcher Rebecca Taylor gutted her way through seven innings and struck out seven while walking a pair.
Neal led the Bears at the plate with five RBI, but was saddled with the loss on the mound, surrendering four runs in 1.1 innings pitched.