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Home but no home for Case’s Koenig and baseball team

Case Western Reserve University junior shortstop Tim Koenig, a Richmond Heights, Ohio native, and the Spartan baseball team, have played over 40 straight games on the road and by the end of the year, weather permitting, that number could reach as high as 70.

Case’s last home game was on April 27, 2003, a 7-4 win over Washington University (MO). Soon after that the University broke ground on the first phase of an undergraduate village which includes a new baseball stadium.

Nobby’s Ballpark, named after alumnus Norbert "Nobby" Lewandowski, is scheduled to open next spring (2006), meaning the Case baseball team will have spent two full seasons playing outside University Circle.

“It’s pretty tough being on the road all the time,” said Koenig, who is majoring in biology. “Every single game is an away one which is difficult enough, not being able to see classmates and friends in the stands, is equally disappointing.”

Consolation for Koenig and the rest of the Spartans will take place when Case will play close to home at two of the biggest, most prestigious ballparks in Cleveland for the second straight season.

Jacob’s Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians, will be the sight of their April 20th home game against Oberlin College (noon) and Eastlake Stadium, home of the Lake County Captains, a minor league (AA) affiliate of the Indians, is the site for their April 30th away game against Lake Erie College (1:00 p.m.).

The Spartans are 0-1 at Jacob’s Field, having lost 5-4 to John Carroll University a year ago, and are 1-0 at Eastlake Stadium, having defeated Lake Erie 3-1 on the city’s near eastside in their season finale last spring.

“I went to a 1995 World Series Game in Cleveland. Greg Maddux threw at Eddie Murray’s head, the benches cleared, Orel Hershiser pitched a great game, and Jim Thome hit a home run to win it,” explained Koenig.

“You think of that stuff and tell yourself that you are going to play on the same exact field where it all took place,” continued Koenig. “As a local guy, that’s pretty cool.”

Koenig, a 2002 graduate of local University School, has started on the diamond for the Spartans for three straight seasons. He started 29 of 30 games as freshman in 2003, hitting .310, scoring 22 runs, and drawing a team leading 21 walks. A year ago Koenig started 27 of 28 games, hit .270, and lead the team in runs scored (23) and walks (25). This year, the lead-off hitter has started 20 of 20 games and has a .281 average.


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Case is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.