(AUBURNDALE, Fla.) – Justin Hovorka pitched a complete game shutout as Walsh defeated nationally ranked No. 7 Minnesota State 1-0 at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex during spring break Wednesday. It's the highest-ranked team the Cavaliers (4-5) have defeated in the history of the program.
Hovorka improved to 1-1 with his gem that took 137 pitches to finish. He struck out five, walked five, and scattered six hits. The junior southpaw from Copley didn't allow a Mavericks (3-5) runner to get past second until the seventh inning when a passed ball allowed Minnesota State's Luke Waldek to scurry over from second. However, he was left stranded as Hovorka forced the next two batters to ground out.
The Mavericks threatened again in the ninth as Tommy McDonald made it to third as a pinch runner after a walk and a fielder's choice, but he too was left stranded after the final batter grounded out.
Walsh's run came in the sixth as Jacob Beachy led off the frame with a single. He advanced to second on an error by the pitcher and then third on a sacrifice bunt by Cobe Hutchison. Marcus Bobb then brought him in on a sac fly to the right field.
Head Coach Tim Mead's crew is now 4-2 on spring break with three games remaining on the Sunshine State slate. The first of those is tomorrow in a second game with Notre Dame College. First pitch with the Falcons is set for 10 a.m. at Polk State College in Lakeland.