(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – A 13-4 victory over Lake Erie completed the series sweep that started Friday and gave Walsh another important win in the G-MAC's North Division. The Cavaliers (19-14, 12-6) not only moved two games ahead of the Storm (12-16-1, 10-8), but it also put them in a tie for fourth place with Malone.
As the standings sit now, the top five teams in the North Division would qualify for the G-MAC Tournament in mid-May. The top three teams in each division get automatic bids, while the final two spots are given to the teams with the best conference records regardless of division.
Walsh jumped out to an early lead thanks to Andrew Czech's team-best 13th home run of the season that also plated Marcus Bobb for a 2-0 lead. A pair of sacrifice flies by Cobe Hutchison and Jacob Beachy in the second and fourth allowed the Maroon and Gold to go up 4-0.
Lake Erie, who served as the home team on the scoreboard because they were originally schedule to host the game, rallied in the bottom of the fifth when it belted three home runs.
The tie game was short-lived as Czech one again provided the go-ahead heroics with a bases-loaded RBI on a walk with two outs. Reigning G-MAC Player of the Week Avery Janning followed with a bases-clearing double for an 8-4 lead. The Cavs went on to score four more in the eighth and another insurance run in the ninth.
The Cavaliers received great work from the bullpen as it didn't yield a hit in the final four innings. Luke Miller entered in the sixth and picked up the win to improve to 3-1 on the year. Justin Hovorka entered in the seventh and pitched two near-perfect innings before Joey Beals closed out the game with three strikeouts in the ninth.
Walsh now sets its sights on arch rival Malone for a three-game series scheduled to start this Friday. The Cavs and Pioneers will play one on Friday with a doubleheader set for Saturday.