Shenandoah Takes Series Opener from Case

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WINCHESTER, Va. – No. 16/35 Shenandoah University took the first of a three-game baseball set with Case Western Reserve by downing the Spartans 13-6 Saturday afternoon at Bridgeforth Field.

Shenandoah (5-0) scored three runs in the first as Dylan Stouffer and Jake Loew hit back-to-back home runs off of Spartans starter Jake Shields (0-1).

Stouffer plated Abel Arocho with his towering shot to right; Arocho had reached on a fielder's choice that cut down Tristan Baker at third base.

Two pitches later, Loew drilled a fastball over the right field fence for his second home run of the season.

After the Hornets scored one run on two hits in the second and the two teams each scored two runs in the fifth, Case (0-1) made matters interesting with one run in the sixth and two more in the seventh.

Now holding just a one-run lead, Shenandoah exploded for seven runs on four hits and two crucial Spartans in the bottom of the seventh to expand its lead out to 13-5.

Arocho had two of the Hornets four hits in the frame and also drove in a run.

Junior Colin Morse (1-0) earned the win after allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks in 6.0 innings of work.

Morse struck out three before turning it over to senior Steve Jones to start the seventh. Brian Roden got the final two outs on a 4-6-3 double play.

Arocho finished his day 3 for 5 with three runs scored and two RBI with Baker getting two hits and driving in one run in five at-bats. 

Michael Cruz also had two hits and an RBI.

These two teams complete their three-game set Sunday with a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.