(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Two teams ranked No. 8 in their respective regions squared off in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon with Walsh winning the battle with a sweep of Slippery Rock. The Cavaliers (31-15) took game one 8-2 to reach the 30-win plateau before coming from behind to defeat The Rock 6-4 in the second.
It's the first time the Cavaliers have reached 30 wins since 2005 and third time in program history.
In the opener, Walsh blew the game open with a four-run sixth inning to answer Slippery Rock's only two runs of the game. Eric Conner opened the rally with a solo home run to left field. Three batters later, Austin Szink singled up the middle to score Andrew Stalnaker. Szink eventually scored on a single by Luke Caple, and Tyson Lautanen brought in Johnny Knight IV to end the scoring.
Conner also flashed the leather as he robbed The Rock's Carson Kessler of a home run to record the first out in the seventh inning.
Starter Nick Bebout recorded the win to improve to 2-1 on the season. He breezed through the first four innings and allowed just one base runner on one hit while he struck out five, included the last four batters he faced.
In game two, Walsh went down 4-0 after one, but slowly chipped away at the lead before eventually taking in when Conner crushed a ball to dead center to give the Cavs a 5-4 lead in the fifth. It was his 10th round trip of the season. That lead grew to 6-4 after Caple singled in Szink.
Ryan McSweeney came on in the seventh to record his GLIAC-best ninth save of the season. Luke Miller picked up the win after he entered the game in the second inning and pitched through the fifth. He struck out four in recording his first decision of the season. Along with Beals and McSweeney, Slippery Rock was only able to generate three hits the rest of the game.
Walsh will now host Wayne State in a pivotal conference series this Saturday and Sunday. Members of the 2007 College World Series team will be in attendance on Saturday and will be recognized at the games.