Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mentor graduate big part of Case Western Reserve's baseball success

Mentor graduate Andrew Frey's senior baseball season at Case Western Reserve includes few glitches and numerous awards.

Frey, the Spartans' shortstop and No. 2 hitter, received University Athletic Association Hitter of the Week honors for the second time this season. Frey was an easy choice for the award. In a doubleheader sweep of nearby Oberlin, Frey produced fantasy numbers: 8-for-11 with two doubles, seven RBI and four runs.

Hitting .727 in two games raised Frey's season batting average to .381. He also entered this week with a team-high 49 RBI.

His play has helped Case ascend to No. 16 in the NCBWA/D3baseball.com Division III poll. The Spartans, who entered this week 25-7, are the second highest ranked team in Ohio behind No. 7 Heidelberg. Case and Heidelberg meet on April 23 in University Circle.

This is a prosperous period for Case baseball. The Spartans went 29-14 and reached the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional play last season. They are in position to qualify for the NCAA Division III tournament for a second straight year.

Frey represents a big part of Case's rise. He hit .317 with 22 RBI playing second and third base last season. His role as a senior expanded when he opened 2014 as the Spartans' starting shortstop.

The Spartans end the regular season April 29 against John Carroll. It will be a memorable regular-season finale for Frey. Case and John Carroll are playing at Progressive Field.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy

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