(AUBURNDALE, Fla.) – The Walsh baseball team returned to the win column with a big 3-1 win against Minnesota Duluth in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational on Thursday morning. The Cavaliers (6-2) complete the sweep of the Bulldogs (3-7) after they also defeated them on Monday 15-5.
Duluth initially took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth after a double down the left field line, but Walsh was able to answer in the bottom of the frame. That's when Austin Szink put the Cavs ahead with a double down the left field line as well that allowed both Eric Conner and Luke Caple to score.
Conner originally reached on a double and followed up with another double in his next at-bat in the sixth. After he advanced to third on a groundout, Conner scored an insurance run on an error by the Bulldogs' third baseman.
That was all the Walsh battery needed as Frank Frate pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh with one hit, and Ryan McSweeney closed out the game with a perfect eighth and ninth for his third save of the season.
Matt Iosue started the game and went five innings to improve to 2-1 on the year. He allowed the one run on five hits and struck out six batters.
In total, the Cavaliers struck out 13 batters with Frate punching out three followed by four from McSweeney.
The Cavaliers will face Rochester (Mich.) in their penultimate game of spring break tomorrow from Lakes Park Field No. 3. First pitch is set for 2:30 p.m.