Photo courtesy of University of Findlay
(FINDLAY, Ohio) – Pitching was on display as Walsh shutout Findlay in both games of a doubleheader at Fifth Third Field on Friday afternoon. The Cavaliers (23-9, 12-4) took the opener by a score of 3-0 before they downed the Oilers (17-14, 7-11) 1-0 in the second game.
Matt Iosue continued an impressive season as he threw a complete game one-hitter to improve to 5-0. He allowed just three base runners on the day with another reaching on an error. The Oilers never threatened, however, as Iosue struck out seven and forced two to ground into double plays.
All of Walsh's offense came in the first two innings. Andrew Stalnaker put the Cavs on the board as he brought in Marcus Bobb with a single up the middle in the opening frame. Bobb hit in the second run as he reached on a fielder's choice in the second. Jordan Grubb and Tyson Lautanen both scored on the play with Lautanen advancing the final 90 feet on a throwing error.
In the second game, Stalnaker broke a scoreless pitchers' duel with a two-out solo home run in the eighth. That was all the Walsh battery needed as Nick Bebout kept Findlay off the board in the bottom of the frame and Ryan McSweeney pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save of the season.
Aidan Mlachak recorded the quality start win to even up at 2-2 on the season. He scattered five hits and walked two with three strikeouts on the afternoon.
The two shutouts gives Walsh five on the season.
Iosue now leads the GLIAC with a 2.60 ERA and is second in the conference with six wins. McSweeney is second in the conference with seven saves. Walsh continues to lead the GLIAC with 36 team home runs.
Walsh and Findlay will play again tomorrow, this time at Biery Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.