(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Johnny Knight IV had a memorable day as he was heavily involved in the outcome of both games in Walsh's doubleheader sweep of Findlay on Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers (25-9, 14-5) defeated the Oilers (17-16, 7-13) 5-2 in the opening game and 5-4 in 10 innings in the second.
In the opening game, Knight hit a home run to left center that gave Walsh a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. It ended up being the difference in the game as Findlay added another run to come within one in the top of the sixth.
Tyson Lautanen answered in the bottom of the frame with two insurance runs as a result of a home run of his own, this one landing just in front of the scoreboard.
Ryan McSweeney proceeded to come on in relief and pitched a perfect seventh for the second consecutive day to record his GLIAC-best eighth save of the season. MJ Nara started the game and earned the win as he tossed five innings and allowed one run on three hits to improve to 3-2.
In the second game, Knight came up with two crucial plays to help give the Cavs the sweep. In the top of the 10th, Findlay's Troy Merriman singled to left field with Pete Burkett on second. Burkett rounded third, but Knight lasered a throw to catcher Austin Szink to get him out well before the plate and keep the score tied at four.
Knight then led off the bottom of the inning with a single to right center. After a pair of ground outs, James Thomas singled through the left side and Knight was able to score from second for the walk-off win.
Walsh had to rally in the ninth to tie the game down 4-1. Andrew Czech pinch hit and recorded his first collegiate hit to lead off the frame. Alec Graves then pinch ran for him and eventually scored on a Marcus Bobb single to left center. Two batters later, Luke Caple tied the game on a double to right center that scored Thomas and Bobb.
Justin Hovorka picked up the win after pitching the 10th to go to 2-0. Tyson Lautanen started the game on the mound and went six frames before Frank Frate pitched the final three regulation innings. None of the four runs allowed were earned.
Knight finished the day 4-for-6 with three runs scored, an RBI, and two walks.
This is the second four-game sweep for Walsh this season as the Cavs also swept Lake Erie to start GLIAC play. Walsh will return to action this Wednesday as it travels to Columbus for the final two games against Ohio Dominican.