Otto Sets Career-High With Four RBI and Hits First Career Homer
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting Case Western Reserve completed its comeback from 5-1 down with four runs in the top of the eighth inning to turn a 5-4 deficit into an 8-5 win and they would go on to win by the same margin over host Washington College in a non-conference baseball game on Saturday afternoon at Athey Baseball Park.
Case Western Reserve 8 Washington College 5
How It Happened
- In the bottom of the second inning, Joe Otto socked his first career home run over the left field fence to score both Charlie Meder and Evan Hirschbaum ahead of him to give the Shoremen a 3-0 lead.
- The Spartans got onto the board in the top of the third inning when with two away Rocco Maue singled up the middle to plate Eric Eldred to trim the lead to 4-1.
- Washington scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to increase the lead to 5-1. With nobody out, Meder scored on a fielder's choice with nobody out to give WC a three-run lead and the next hitter with one away, Joe Lozupone dropped down a squeeze bunt to score Hirschbaum for the frame's second and final run.
- Case Western began its comeback with a run in the top of the fifth when with two away Alex Capetillo scored on a throwing error to trim the lead to 5-2.
- The Spartans scored single runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings to cut the lead to 5-4. With two away in the sixth when Jacob Kucia doubled down the left field line to score Dan Watson from third and it was 5-3 Washington lead. In the top of the seventh, with one away Maue singled to third base to drive in Capetillo who walked to start the frame.
- The Spartans took the lead for good with a four-run eighth inning as three of the runs were unearned. With one out, Chris Shorter tied the game with a single through the left side to Watson. Case Western took the lead at 6-5 on a bases loaded walk to Aaron Cain to force home Kucia. Eldred scored on a fielder's choice to make it 7-5 and with two outs, Shorter came home on a base hit through the left side by Tony Damiano.
- In the last of the ninth, the Shoremen got the tying run to the plate with one out due to a pair of walks. Spartans' pitcher Nate Glasser struck out Aaron Barclay looking for the second out and got Meder to fly out to Cain in center for the game's final out.
For The Shoremen (7-8)
- Hitting: Meder (3-for-5, two runs), Hirschbaum (2-for-4, two runs), Otto (1-for-2, four RBI, two walks)
- Pitching: Matt Furlong (loss 0-1, one inning, one hit, four runs, one earned, three walks, one strikeout), Billy Griffin (five innings, five hits, two runs, one earned, one walk, five strikeouts)
- Washington had seven hits and walks each, while leaving nine on base.
- The Shoremen had three errors in the game, leading to four unearned runs for the Spartans.
For Case Western Reserve (5-9)
- Hitting: Maue (2-for-5, three RBI), Cain (2-for-4), Kucia (2-for-5), Capetillo, Eldred and Watson (two runs)
- Pitching: Paul Slota (win 1-0, two innings, one hit, zero runs, zero earned, one walk, zero strikeouts), Glasser (save 1, two innings, zero hits, zero runs, zero earned, three walks, two strikeouts)
- The Spartans had nine hits, drew six walks as they left nine on base.
- Case Western Reserve had zero errors in the game.
- It was the first meeting between the two schools since an 11-5 Washington win in 2005.
- Otto was named the GooseNation TV Shoremen Player of the Game on the webcast of the contest.
3/19 v. Rochester – 3:00 p.m. (non-conference game)
- First game against Rochester since a 4-3 win in 1986.