(MINERVA, Ohio) – The Walsh baseball team swept Lake Erie by scores of 6-5 and 7-3 at Carl Michael Field to start GLIAC Play Sunday afternoon. It was the mutual conference opening games for both the Cavaliers (9-3) and the Storm (5-8).
The opening game, which was originally scheduled for seven innings, was a thriller that saw the Cavs rally back from a four-run deficit to win in walk-off fashion.
Walsh rallied with four runs in the fifth to tie the game at 5-5. Eric Conner provided the spark with a deep two-run shot to left field that cleared the fence for his second home run of the season. Marcus Bobb also scored on the play after originally reaching base on a two-out single.
Jordan Grubb added the other run with his first collegiate home run in the bottom of the second.
Ryan McSweeney recorded the win after pitching the final three frames. He struck out five and allowed just two hits against 12 batters faced. Matt Iosue started the game and went five innings with six strikeouts.
In the nightcap, Walsh jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and eventually led 7-1 through five. Stalnaker opened the scoring with a two-run home run to left center that also scored Conner. Later in the inning, Szink took advantage of a ball misplayed by the left fielder to advance home on a single by Johnny Knight IV.
After Lake Erie homered in the second, Walsh got the run back when Knight doubled to left center to score Szink in the bottom of the third. Knight later scored on a single by James Thomas up the middle. Thomas and Conner both added RBI in the fifth to score Knight and Grubb.
MJ Nara recorded the win to improve to 2-1 on the season. He allowed one run on five hits and struck out four.
Walsh and Lake Erie will meet again Tuesday in Minerva for another twin bill scheduled for a 11:30 a.m. start.