(AUBURNDALE, Fla.) – Walsh split its first day of spring break games with a 5-4 win and a 13-2 defeat against Gannon at Lake Myrtle Field on Saturday morning. The Cavaliers are now 1-4 on the season while the Golden Knights are 8-6.
In the opening game, the Cavaliers broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the seventh on a pinch hit fielder's choice RBI by Jared Telecky for the win. Spencer Helwig scored the go-ahead run after he opened the frame with a base on balls.
Justin Hovorka came on in the seventh with two men aboard and fanned one en route to retiring the next three batters to preserve the win and record the save. Nick Bebout picked up the win in his first decision of the year after he struck out six in six innings of work.
The Cavaliers opened the game with a 4-0 lead after they scored a pair in both the second and third innings. Marcus Bobb brought in Joey Holiga on a single and Ross Etgen scored on the same play after an error by the left fielder in the second inning. Alex Debruler then went yard in the third that also plated Andrew Czech.
Gannon added two in the fourth and two more in the sixth to tie the game.
Game Two belonged to Gannon as it exploded for seven runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth. Walsh was able to score two in the bottom of the fourth on a Joey Holiga homer that also scored Telecky, but couldn't generate much momentum after that.
Hyatt Shenefield was tagged with the loss in his first appearance on the season.
Walsh will be back in action again tomorrow with a single game against Davenport. First pitch with the Panthers is set for 5:15 p.m. at Lake Myrtle Park Field No. 2.