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Trio of Komar, Gish, Weintraub name UAA Athletes of the Week

Case Western Reserve University saw three of its student athletes named University Athletic Association Athletes of the Week as freshman Rachel Komar and seniors Jarrett Gish and Harry Weintraub were honored.

The weekly honor marks the second time this spring and third time in their careers that Weintraub and Gish have been recognized by the association. It was a first-time honor for Komar, a rookie third baseman for the softball team.

Gish, a left-handed pitcher for the Spartans, was named the University Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week following a dominant performance on the mound versus St. John Fisher College during Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Dugan Yard.

The Spartans (17-8) have won 10 of their last 14 contests including two out of three in a weekend series at St. John Fisher on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14.

Gish turned in his strongest outing of the season Saturday and upped his record to a perfect 4-0. He allowed just five base hits and only three Cardinal runners to advance to second base in nine innings of work. The southpaw struck out five, surrendered just one walk and lowered his earned run average to 1.92 in a team-best 51.2 innings pitched.

Of note, Saturday’s complete game was Gish’s third this spring and sixth of his career.

The Spartans will now play six straight games against a pair of regional foes at home, starting with a rescheduled doubleheader versus Oberlin College on Wednesday, April 17, slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. Following a few days off, the Tigers of DePauw University (Ind.) will come to Nobby’s Ballpark for a four-game weekend series set for Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21. First pitch Saturday is 1:00 p.m., while Sunday’s games will begin at noon.

In four games last week, Komar batted a whopping .600 (9-of-15) with a triple, a homerun, four runs batted-in, and a stolen base. Over the last 10 games, the first-year Spartan is batting .513 (20-for-39) with 12 runs scored and six RBI.

For the season, Komar is batting a team-best .410 with a pair of homers, six doubles, two triples, 11 RBI, 23 runs scored, and is a perfect 6-for-6 in stolen base attempts.

Playing their best ball of the season, Komar and the Spartans (18-13) have won nine of their last 10 contests and will continue a season-long eight-game home stand this Friday, April 19, versus Hiram College at 3:30 p.m.

Weintraub was named an UAA Athlete of the Week on the heels of a school record-setting performance.

Competing in the hammer throw during the Division III All-Ohio Championship hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University, Weintraub posted a record-setting toss of 188 feet, nine inches to eclipse the previous school record of 185’3” set by Erwin Grabisna in 1988. Weintraub’s throw earned a third-place finish in the event and currently ranks tied for seventh in the nation.

Last spring, Weintraub won a UAA Championship and broke Grabisna’s 24-year old UAA record in the hammer throw with a heave of 184’2”. That mark was good enough to qualify for the NCAA DIII Outdoor Championship Meet in California, where Weintraub placed 16th overall.

Weintraub and the rest of the Spartans will return to the track for a pair of local meets this weekend starting with the John Carroll University Invitational on Friday, April 19. The Sparky Adams Invitational hosted by Baldwin Wallace University follows in Berea on Saturday, April 20.

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