The Maroons came off a tough weekend against the Case Western Reserve Spartans. The Maroons dropped all four games and fell to 19–15 on the season. Errors and tremendous fielding by the Spartans hurt the Maroons over the four-game series. In the first game, UChicago tallied four errors which lead to five unearned runs en route to a 6–0 defeat. In the second game of Saturday, Case Western’s offense dominated as Chicago struggled with the bases loaded. With the bases loaded in the second and fourth innings, the hosts failed to get a run home. The Spartans added five runs in the sixth inning to close out the game in the sixth inning with a mercy-rule score of 11–0.
On Sunday, the Maroons played the visiting Spartans much closer, but persistent lapses continued to hamstring UChicago. In the first game, third-year Maeve Garvey launched a solo home run for the only run of the game for the hosts. Meanwhile, Case Western’s balanced attack belted 11 hits, including a solo home run in the sixth inning, compared to the Maroons’ three hits. In the final game of the four-game tilt, the long ball proved to be the key differentiator. The Spartans blasted a pair of two-run shots while the Maroons answered in the bottom of the sixth inning with a solo blast by first-year Skye Collins. UChicago ended up dropping both contests on Sunday with scores of 4–1 and 5–2 respectively.
Third-year first baseman Carly Schulz spoke about the home-stand against the Spartans. “We struggled to gain momentum against Case’s pitching staff until late in the games,” she said. “Dropping these games were tough and they are a really good team, but we are looking forward to our games against North Central [and] Elmhurst…this week.”
The softball team continues their home-stand with doubleheaders against North Central and Elmhurst this week. UChicago takes on North Central at 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Elmhurst at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.