FINDLAY, Ohio - The Walsh University baseball team headed to Findlay University for a four game G-MAC series with the Oilers on Friday (April 12) and Saturday (April 13). The Cavaliers won three of four games, improving their overall record to 18-16 and conference record to 11-7.
Game One (W, 13-9)
The first game of the day was a slugfest with Walsh connecting for 13 hits and Findlay for 10. Brendan Spaulding started off the scoring for the Cavaliers with a solo homerun in the top of the second. Cobe Hutchinson then tripled scoring two. Findlay answered in the bottom of the inning, scoring four runs of their own off of two homeruns.
In the top of the fourth, Jarett Lyon doubled to right center scoring one run. Hutchinson came back up to bat with a single to center field, scoring one. Once again, the Oilers answered scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the score to 7-5 in favor of Findlay.
Andrew Czech hit a grand slam in the seventh inning to put the Cavs back on top (9-7), giving Czech his tenth homerun of the season. Findlay hit a two RBI homerun in the bottom of the inning, tying the score at 9-9.
The Cavs scored four runs in the ninth, highlighted by a double from Lyon and a single from Hutchinson, to bring the final score to 13-9.
Drew Saunier earned the win from the mound, improving his record to 2-0.
Game Two (W, 9-0)
The Cavaliers kept the bats swinging in the second game of the day, with 10 hits. Eric Conner started the scoring off with a triple that scored one run in the top of the first. Czech then singled through the right side, scoring Conner.
In the fourth inning, Jacob Beachy singled to right field, scoring one. Conner hit a sacrafice fly to right field, that scored Beachy. Czech doubled to left field, scoring one and advancing two runners. Czech and Bailey Mosley then scored on a fielding error, taking the score to 7-0.
Joey Holiga drilled a solo homerun down the left line in the top of the fifth. Mosley then hit a sacrifice fly to score the final run of the game.
Hyatt Shenefield pitched a seven-inning shutout, only giving up four hits and striking out four batters. Shenefield's record improves to 2-4.
Game Three (W, 5-0)
Mosley had the first hit of the day with a double through the left side. Czech then singled to center, scoring Mosley. Cameron Kaiser hit a single that scored one run, putting the Cavs up 2-0 in the first.
The Cavs scored again in the fourth inning, when Lyon grounded out to the second baseman, scoring one run. Lyon then homered in the sixth inning, for one RBI. Avery Janning doubled down the left line in the sixth, scoring the final run.
Ben Bulchik earned the win pitching a seven-inning shutout, while only giving up two hits and striking out nine batters.
Game Four (L, 7-2)
The Cavaliers were out-hit 16-7 in the final game of the series. The Oilers scored the first run of the day in the second inning, but the Cavaliers answered with a solo homerun from Conner in the top of the third.
The Oilers then scored off of a single in the bottom of the fifth. Mosley singled up the right side in the seventh, to tie the score at 2-2. The Cavaliers would not score another run in the final two innings, while Findlay scored three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth.
Six different pitchers took the mound for the Cavaliers, as starting pitcher Brant Alazaus took the loss. Hunter Weis recorded the win for the Oilers.
Walsh will return home to take on G-MAC opponent the Hillsdale Chargers in a four game series on Friday (April 19) and Saturday (April 20).