Bring out the brooms

Spartans sweep Wooster College


Courtesy Case Sports Information

Grace Tritchler connects for the hit this weekend. The Spartans’ powerful bats have boosted them to four straight wins.

The Case Western Reserve University softball players swept Wooster College April 2 as they moved their winning streak up to four games.

The Spartans are now 14-16 on the season and have won seven of their last 10 contests. Third-year student Annie Wennerberg belted her fourth homerun of the season and is now the all time program leader with 29 for her career. Wennerberg has earned the University Athletic Association Most Valuable Player award for 2015 as she continues her incredible season.

In the first game, Wooster got on the board early, scoring two runs in the top of the first. The Spartans would respond in a big way. After scoring three runs in the bottom of the first, CWRU scored 10 unanswered runs to win the game in only six innings due to the eight-run rule. Wennerberg was the MVP of this game. Wennerberg did it all, pitching all six innings of the game and only allowing two runs on five hits. Furthermore, she hit a homerun and drove in four runs.

After Wooster opened the game with a 2-0 lead, the Spartans responded thanks to a RBI
single from second-year student Maren Waldner and a sacrifice fly for Wennerberg. Waldner also had an RBI double in the frame. The 4-2 score held until the sixth inning, when the Spartans scored six and ended the game by the mercy rule. RBI hits from three Spartan players accounted for the first three runs of the inning. The final three all scored off the homerun from Wennerberg. That shot sealed the 10-2 win for the Spartans in six innings due to the eight-run rule.

In the second game, second-year pitcher Katie Dzierwa stole the show, striking out a career-high nine batters en route to a 4-2 Spartan win. After her four innings of work, Dzierwa lowered her season ERA to 3.19. Second-year student Katie Wede hit her first career home run in the game in the bottom of the first to give the Spartans the lead. Wooster, however, would respond and tied the game up in the third inning. The Spartans would regain the lead in the bottom of the third after first-year student Nicole Doyle scored on an error and Wede scored. After Wooster came back again, Doyle had a sacrifice fly to score the fourth and final run of the game. Wennerberg pitched three innings and gave up one hit while striking out two.

The Spartans will play four games this weekend, which is Alumni Weekend, against New York University and University of Chicago as the team looks to continue their recent success.