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          Unearned runs help keep Spartans winless in UAA

          Peter Cooke

          Issue date: 3/19/10 Section: Sports
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          The Spartans started off on a roll this spring break, reeling off three straight victories to begin the season. Once conference play began, however, the Spartans suffered from rainy weather and were overwhelmed and outmatched by their UAA opponents.

          Arriving in Florida on March 5, the Spartans headed to Cocoa Beach for few tuneup games and some fun on the shore before play began. Case Western Reserve University's first three games were against Eastern University, plus a pair of games against Finlandia University. They won all three games, to the tune of 6-4, 9-3, and 9-1. The Spartans dropped their final non-conference game by a score of 6-3 to Felician University.

          CWRU was led by sophomore third baseman Kaeleen Boden and freshman shortstop Melissa Moore. Both batted .400 over the first four games, leading the Spartans. As the leadoff hitter for the Spartans, Moore's six hits put her in position to score six runs over the opening four games, which was the most on the team. Boden led the Spartans with five RBIs on just four hits.

          Things would not fall the Spartans' way during the UAA Championship, however, as CWRU went 0-8 on the week, mustering only 7 runs to their opponents' 71 runs.

          Things did not go well for the Spartans in the first five conference games: their narrowest margin of defeat was 8 runs. To make things worse, a pair of games were delayed due to inclement weather, further raining on the team's parade. But the Spartans bounced back in their sixth game, a rematch against Washington University.

          The Spartans grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first, when first basemen junior Anneliese Fetterman drove in outfielder Mary Kruzka.

          The Bears responded when Spartan pitcher Beth Andrasik hit right fielder Ashley Janssen with a pitch. WashU bunted to advance Janssen and an error by Boden put the Bears on the scoreboard. The Bears followed Janssen's run with another unearned run to claim the lead, 2-1. WashU tacked on another run in the fifth to extend their lead.
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