Taylor, Pakan named UAA Athletes of the Week

Case Western Reserve University sophomore pitcher Rebecca Taylor has been named the University Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week for the first time this season and fourth time in her career, announced the league office on Monday.

During a 4-0 week for the Spartans (20-13), Taylor was 2-0 with a 2.00 earned run average and 14 strikeouts in 14 innings pitched. The right-hander recorded her 14th and 15th complete games of the season and now has 25 strikeouts versus just five earned runs in her last 21 innings of work.

This season, Taylor (15-10/3.58 ERA) leads the UAA with 142 strikeouts and ranks second with 137 innings pitched.

For her career, the second-year right-hander already ranks second in school history in strikeouts (321), tied for third in shutouts (6), fourth in wins (35), and fifth in complete games (40).

The Spartans are red-hot with seven wins in a row and 11 victories in their last 12 contests. The team travels to Wittenburg University on Saturday, April 27, for a double header before concluding their season with a four-game home stand.

Senior second baseman Paul Pakan has been selected as the University Athletic Association Hitter of the Week for the first time this spring and second time in his career, announced the league office on Monday.

During a 5-1 week for the Spartans (22-9), Pakan batted .536 (15-for-28) with three doubles, a triple, five runs scored, two stolen bases, and seven runs batted-in.

In Sunday’s doubleheader sweep versus DePauw University, Pakan went a combined 7-for-9 at the plate and matched a career high with four hits in four at-bats in game two.

For the season, Pakan is batting .354 with team highs of three homeruns, 29 RBI and six stolen bases.

Case hosts Washington and Jefferson College for a doubleheader on Saturday, April 27 at noon.