2004 Archive

Wednesday, June 2, 2004

"Walsh Lands Three Baseball Players on Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete Team"

Walsh University has placed three baseball players on the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete Team. Brian Budd (Sr., Orrville, OH/HS), Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) and Derrick Mauger (Sr., Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) were each named scholar-athletes.

Budd is a sociology/criminal justice major and carries a 3.80 grade point average. Lahna is a corporate communications major and has a 3.54 grade point average and Mauger is a middle childhood education major and has a 3.64 grade point average.

Saturday, May 15, 2004

Hubert, Lahna, Sigrist Selected First Team All-AMC

Walsh placed eight players on the American Mideast Conference North Division Team. Brad Hubert (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Fransiscan), Joe Sigrist (Sr., Massillon, OH/Washington) and Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) earned first team honors. Brian Budd (Sr., Orrville, OH/HS), Mike Sturznickel (GS, North Canton, OH/Hoover) and Andy Schon (Fr., Akron, OH/Coventry) were named second team and Ed Bartolec (So., Poland, OH/Cardinal Mooney) and Derrick Mauger (Sr., Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) were tabbed honorable mention. Walsh finished the season 22-27 overall and 8-12 in the AMC North.

Hubert was selected at first base after hitting .323 with eight homeruns and 31 RBI. He second to finished to Dan Herbert as the Cavs all-time homerun leader with 41 and is the all-time leader with 148 RBI. Outfielder Sigrist hit .324 with one homerun and 22 RBI. Lahna was the lone relief pitcher selected, he was 1-1 with five saves and a 2.40 ERA.

Budd (2B) hit .350 with two homeruns and 21 RBI, Sturznickel (SS) hit .308 with four homeruns and 24 RBI and Schon (P) was 4-3 with a 5.04 ERA. Bartolec (P) was 4-2 with a 6.43 ERA and Mauger (C) hit .287 with three homer and 18 RBI.

Monday, May 10, 2004

Cavs (22-29, 8-12) Swept at Mt. Vernon Nazarene in NAIA/AMC Playoff

Walsh (22-27, 8-12) was swept from the playoffs at Mount Vernon Nazarene University last Thursday. The Cougars pounded the Cavs 14-1 and 9-2 to end the Cavs' season.

Mount Vernon right fielder Jason Irish hit two homeruns and drove in five runs and left fielder Tim Martini hit a grand slam in game one. Andy Schon (Fr., Akron, OH/Coventry) started and took the loss for the Cavs, surrendering 10 runs on 11 hits in 3.2 innings. Mount Vernon scored three runs in the first and second innings and tacked on four more runs in the fourth and sixth innings. The Cougars took command early in game two, with a single run in the second, followed by three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Brad Hubert (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Fransiscan) pitched 5.2 innings for the Cavs and allowed seven runs (three earned) on six hits to take the loss. Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) and Derrick Mauger (Sr., Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) hit solo homers for the Cavs in the ninth inning.

Schon completed his first season as the Cavs team leader in wins with four. He finished 4-4 with a 5.82 ERA. Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) led the Cavs with five saves and finished with a 2.40 ERA. Matt Mahek (Fr., Shelby, OH/HS) also compiled a 2.40 ERA out of the Cavs bullpen in eight appearances. Brian Budd (Sr., Orrville, OH/HS) led the Cavs in hitting (.341) and with 58 hits. Brad Hubert finished his record-breaking career. He led the Cavs in homeruns with eight and finished second on the all-time list all-time leader with 41. Hubert led the team with 31 RBI and is the all-time leader with 148.

Thursday, May 6, 2004

Cavs Fall 14-1, 9-2 at Mount Vernon Nazarene in AMC Tournament

Walsh (22-28) lost 14-1 and 9-2 to Mount Vernon Nazarene in the American Mideast Conference Tournament best-of-three series at Mount Vernon today. The losses end the Cavs' season. Cougars' right fielder Jason Irish hit two homeruns and drove in five runs and left fielder Tim Martini hit a grand slam in game one. Andy Schon (Fr., Akron, OH/Coventry) started and took the loss for the Cavs, surrendering 10 runs on 11 hits in 3.2 innings. Mount Vernon scored three runs in the first and second innings and tacked on four more runs in the fourth and sixth inning. The Cougars took command early in game two, with a single run in the second, followed by three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Brad Hubert (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Fransiscan) pitched 5.2 innings for the Cavs and allowed seven runs (three earned) on six hits to take the loss. Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) and Derrick Mauger (Sr., Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) hit solo homers for the Cavs in the ninth inning.

Tuesday, May 4, 2004

Cavs (22-27, 8-12) at Mt. Vernon Nazarene in NAIA Playoff/Hubert Pitches Perfect Game, Named AMC Pitcher of the Week

Walsh (22-27, 8-12) out-slugged Saint Vincent College (22-18, 13-6) 13-10 on Sunday to clinch the final North Division playoff spot. The Cavs are the AMC North's fourth seed and will play a best of three series at Mount Vernon Nazarene (33-14, 20-4) on Thursday. Mount Vernon is the top seed in the AMC South. The Cavs and Cougars did not play in the regular season.

Walsh rallied from a 10-8 deficit, to score five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to post the come-from-behind win at Saint Vincent. Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) tripled, doubled and drove in three runs. Joe Sigrist and John Zakel (So., Middleburg Hts., OH/Holy Name) also drove in two runs each. Walsh banged out 14 hits. David Kuchenski (Jr., Tallmadge, OH/HS) worked 2.2 innings in relief to pick up the win.

The highlight of the week was the perfect game pitched by Brad Hubert (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Fransiscan) at Saint Vincent on Friday. Hubert's gem, the first perfect game in Walsh history, gave Walsh a 6-0 win and a split in the twinbill. Hubert retired all 21 hitters and fanned six in raising his record to 2-2. Second baseman John Zakel (So., Middleburg Hts., OH/Holy Name) and shortstop Mike Sturznickel (Sr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) turned in defensive gems to save the perfect game. Zakel made a backhanded stab behind the bag at second and whirled and threw out the runner at first in the fourth inning and Sturznickel then handled a bad hop ground ball in the sixth inning. Offensively, Sturznickel tripled, singled twice and drove in a run and Kade Klick (So., Massillon, OH/Washington) tripled and drove in three runs.

Shortstop Mike Sturznickel (Sr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) enters the post-season on a six-game hitting streak. He is hitting .308. Brian Budd Sr., Orrville, OH/HS) leads the Cavs with a .350 average and with 57 hits. Brad Hubert (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Fransiscan), who pitched the first perfect game in Walsh history at Saint Vincent College on Friday, leads the Cavs in homeruns (8), doubles (10) and RBI (31). He is one homerun shy of tying Dan Herbert (42) for the all-time lead. Hubert passed Ben Biery for the all-time RBI with 148. Biery had 147 RBI.

Monday, May 3, 2004

Hubert AMC Pitcher of the Week

Senior left-hander Brad Hubert (Brunswick, OH/Padua Fransiscan) top right has been selected as American Mideast Conference Pitcher of the Week. Hubert pitched the first perfect game in Walsh history last Friday at Saint Vincent College, when he blanked the Bearcats 6-0. Hubert fanned six in facing the minumum 21 batters. The win raised his record to 2-2.

Sunday, May 2, 2004

Cavs Outslug Saint Vincent 13-10 to Qualify For AMC Tournament

Walsh (22-27, 8-12) out-slugged Saint Vincent College (22-18, 13-6) 13-10 today in the American Mideast Conference regular season finale for both teams. The win qualifies the Cavs for the AMC Tournament, which begins this week. The game was played at Saint Vincent, after originally being scheduled as a part of a doubleheader at Walsh yesterday.

Walsh rallied from a 10-8 deficit, to score five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to post the come-from-behind win. Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) tripled, doubled and drove in three runs. Joe Sigrist and John Zakel (So., Middleburg Hts., OH/Holy Name) also drove in two runs each. Walsh banged out 14 hits. David Kuchenski (Jr., Tallmadge, OH/HS) worked 2.2 innings in relief to pick up the win.

Walsh is the AMC North's fourth seed and will play a best of three series at Mount Vernon Nazarene (33-14, 20-4) on Thursday. Mount Vernon is the top seed in the AMC South. The Cavs and Cougars did not play in the regular season.

Walsh's scheduled single game at Baldwin-Wallace for Monday has been cancelled. Shortstop Mike Sturznickel (Sr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) enters the post-season on a six-game hitting streak. He is hitting .308. Brian Budd Sr., Orrville, OH/HS) leads the Cavs with a .350 average and with 57 hits. Brad Hubert (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Fransiscan), who pitched the first perfect game in Walsh history at Saint Vincent College on Friday, leads the Cavs in homeruns (8), doubles (10) and RBI (31). He is one homerun shy of tying Dan Herbert (42) for the all-time lead. Hubert passed Ben Biery for the all-time RBI with 148. Biery had 147 RBI.

Saturday, May 1, 2004

Rains End Game in Bottom of 7th/Cavs Lose 9-8/Second Game Rained Out

Walsh's (21-27, 7-12) late rally was all for naught, as the Cavs lost 9-8 to Saint Vincent College (22-17, 13-5) today in an American Mideast Conference North Division contest. The game was called due to rain in the bottom of the 7th inning with the tying run at second base and Brian Budd (Sr., Orrville, OH/HS) at the plate. Walsh trailed 8-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, when they rallied for five runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to pull to within a run at 9-8. St. Vincent however, added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning. The second game was rained out and will be played at Saint Vincent tomorrow.

Friday, April 30, 2004

Hubert Throws Perfect Game/Cavs Split at Saint Vincent

Walsh's Brad Hubert (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Fransiscan) top right pitched a perfect game in the second game of an American Mideast Conference North doubleheader at Saint Vincent College. Hubert's gem, the first perfect game in Walsh history, gave Walsh a 6-0 win and a split in the twinbill. Hubert retired all 21 hitters and fanned six in raising his record to 2-2. Second baseman John Zakel (So., Middleburg Hts., OH/Holy Name) and shortstop Mike Sturznickel (Sr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) turned in defensive gems to save the perfect game. Zakel made a backhanded stab behind the bag at second and whirled and threw out the runner at first in the fourth inning and Sturznickel then handled a bad hop ground ball in the sixth inning. Offensively, Sturznickel tripled, singled twice and drove in a run and Kade Klick (So., Massillon, OH/Washington) tripled and drove in three runs. Walsh (21-26, 7-11) let a 5-2 lead slip away in the bottom of the seventh inning in game one, and lost 6-5 in nine innings. Saint Vincent's Joe Pichler hit a two-run homer with two outs to tie the game, and won it in the ninth when Walsh's Wes Fenner (Jr., Plymouth, OH/South Central) (2-2) walked four consecutive batters. Hubert and Sturznickel each homered in the loss.

The two teams play two games at Walsh tomorrow, with the first game slated for a 1 p.m. start.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Wooster Thumps Cavs 10-3

The College of Wooster (30-8) thumped the Cavs (20-25) 10-3 at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium today. Brian Wilkinson (Sr., Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) started for the Cavs and was charged with loss (0-2). He was tagged for four runs on six hits in three innings. Mike Sturznickel (Sr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) had two hits for the Cavs. Walsh plays back-to-back American Mideast Confernce North Division doubleheaders with Saint Vincent on Friday and Saturday. The Cavs are at LaTrobe, PA on Friday and home on Saturday.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Cavs (20-24, 6-10) and Malone Split Twice

Walsh (20-24, 6-10) and Malone split two American Mideast Conference North Division doubleheaders last week. Walsh is currently in fourth place in the AMC North. This week, the Cavs play the College of Wooster at Thurman Munson Stadium in a single game on Wednesday at 5 p.m. and play back-to-back AMC North twinbills with Saint Vincent College on Friday and Saturday. The Cavs are at LaTrobe, PA on Friday and home on Saturday. Saint Vincent is in first place in the AMC North with an 11-4 conference mark.

Walsh and Malone split at Walsh on Friday. The Cavs won game one 9-6, but dropped the nightcap 6-5. Wes Fenner (Jr., Plymouth, OH/South Central) picked up the win in relief in game one to improve to 2-1. Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) top right saved his fifth game. Brad Hubert (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Fransiscan) and Joe Sigrist (Sr., Massillon, OH/Washington) each homered for the Cavs, who banged out 15 hits. Walsh rallied with five runs in the home half of the sixth inning. In the nightcap, Walsh mustered just five hits in a 6-5 defeat. Andy Syx (Sr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) started and suffered the loss (2-3).

The two teams split the next game at Malone as well. The Pioneers won game one 4-3 when shortstop Billy Kern hit a walk-off two run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning. Andy Steiner (Jr., Green, OH/HS) took the loss. Walsh committed five errors. Walsh bounced back to win the nightcap 8-2, scoring four runs in the first and fourth innings. Ed Bartolec (So., Poland, OH/Cardinal Mooney) was the winning pitcher (4-2) going the distance.

First basemen, Brian Budd (Sr., Orrville, OH/HS) leads the team in hitting (.352) and with 51 hits. Brad Hubert is two homeruns shy of tying all-time leader Dan Herbert (42). Hubert leads the team with seven homeruns. He has also tied Ben Biery for the all-time RBI lead with 147. He leads the team with 30 RBI. Chad Lahna is putting together an outstanding season. He leads the Cavs with five saves and a 1.50 ERA. He is also hitting .316 and is second on the team with 28 RBI.

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Cavs-Mount Union Postponed Today

Today's scheduled games between Walsh and Mount Union at Thurman Munson Stadium have been postponed. The two teams will play at Walsh, on either Monday or Tuesday. The day and time will be posted when it is made available.

Saturday, April 24, 2004

Cavs-Malone Split Again

For the second straight day Walsh (20-24, 6-10) and Malone (14-18, 7-12) split an American Mideast Conference North twinbill. Malone won game one 4-3, when shortstop Billy Kern hit a walk-off two run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning. Andy Steiner (Jr., Green, OH/HS) took the loss. Walsh committed five errors in the loss. Walsh bounced back to win the nightcap 8-2. Ed Bartolec (So., Poland, OH/Cardinal Mooney) was the winning pitcher (4-2).

Friday, April 23, 2004

Walsh-Malone Split

Walsh (19-23, 5-9) and Malone (13-17, 6-11) split an American Mideast Conference North Division doubleheader at Walsh today. The Cavs won game one 9-6, but dropped the nightcap 6-5. Wes Fenner (Jr., Plymouth, OH/South Central) picked up the win in relief in game one to improve to 2-1. Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) saved his fifth game. Brad Hubert (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Fransiscan) and Joe Sigrist (Sr., Massillon, OH/Washington) each homered for the Cavs, who banged out 15 hits. In the nightcap, Walsh mustered just five hits in a 6-5 defeat. Andy Syx (Sr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) started and suffered the loss (2-3).

The Cavs and Malone play again tomorrow, at Malone, with the first game starting at 1 p.m.

Friday, April 23, 2004

Walsh-Malone Games Moved to Walsh

Today's scheduled twinbill at Malone has been moved to Walsh. Game time is 2 p.m. The two teams will play two games at Malone tomorrow, starting at 1 p.m.

Monday, April 19, 2004

Cavs (18-22, 4-8) Meet Malone in Home and Home AMC Games

Walsh meets Malone four times this week in American Mideast Conference North games. The Cavs play at Malone on Friday, April 23rd (2 p.m.) and host the Pioneers on Saturday the 24th (1 p.m.). Walsh then plays Mount Union at Thurman Munson Stadium on the Sunday (25th) at 1 p.m.

The Cavs lost four of six games last week. The Cavs lost single games to John Carroll and Heidelberg and split four AMC North games with Seton Hill. Walsh is 4-8 in the AMC North, good for fourth place and 18-22 overall.

John Carroll bested the Cavs 5-3, even though Walsh out-hit them 10-9. Huston Hinkle (Fr., Louisville, OH/HS) took the loss (1-1). Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) homered. Walsh lost twice at Seton Hill on Friday, 8-7 and 9-3. Andy Schon (Fr., Akron, OH/Coventry) took the loss in game one (4-3) and Andy Syx (Sr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) started and took the loss in the nightcap (2-2). Brad Hubert (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Fransiscan) hit his fifth homer in the second game. Walsh came back less than 24 hours later to sweep Seton Hill at home, 9-3 and 7-2. Andy Steiner (Jr., Green, OH/HS) picked up the win in the first game (2-3). Hubert hit a three-run homer (6th), but the day belonged to Ben Botbyl (So., Willard, OH/HS). Botbyl homered, tripled and had two singles. Ed Bartolec (So., Poland, OH/Cardinal Mooney) was the winning pitcher in the game two, to improve to 3-2. Mike Sturznickel (Sr., North Canton, OH/HS) and Ryan Indorf (Fr., Massillon, OH/Washington) each homered.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Cavs at John Carroll Rained Out

Walsh's scheduled non-league single game at John Carroll University has been rained. The two teams have re-scheduled for Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Monday, April 12, 2004

Cavs Sweep Marietta

Walsh improved to 16-18 and extended its winning streak to a season high seven games with a sweep of Marietta College today. The Cavs edged the Pioneers 3-2 in game one, as Andy Schon (Fr., Akron, OH/Coventry) improved to 4-2. Brian Budd (Sr., Orrville, OH/HS) singled home Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) with the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. In the nightcap, Walsh rallied with five runs in the sixth inning to post a 6-4 come-from-behind win. Ed Bartolec (So., Poland, OH/Cardinal Mooney) started and was the winning pitcher (2-2). Matt Mahek (Fr., Shelby, OH/HS) picked up his first save.

Walsh plays a single game at John Carroll University tomorrow.

Monday, April 12, 2004

Cavs (14-18, 2-6) Win Five Straight

After dropping two American Mideast Conference North games to Point Park College on Tuesday, Walsh (14-18, 2-6) reeled off five straight wins to pull closer to the .500 mark. The Cavs swept Cedarville University and Allegheny College and took a single game from Mount Union College. This week, the Cavs host Marietta College (2) on Monday, play a single game at John Carroll University on Tuesday and play back-to-back doubleheaders with Seton Hill on Friday (H) and Saturday (A). The Cavs then play two games with Heidelberg College on Sunday at home or at Munson Stadium.

For the second time in four days, Walsh fell twice to Point Park College. The Pioneers captured game one 4-0, and won the nightcap 5-2. Walsh mustered just four-hits in game one. David Kuchenski (Jr., Tallmadge, OH/HS) started for the Cavs and suffered his fifth loss of the season. In game two, Point Park snapped a 3-3 tie with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Andy Schon (Fr., Akron, OH/Coventry) started and worked into the sixth and took the loss. He is 3-2, with both losses against Point Park.

Walsh snapped a six-game losing streak with a doubleheader sweep at Cedarville University on Thursday. The Cavs won game one 4-2 in eight innings, then captured the nightcap 5-4. In game one, Walsh tied the score with a run in the sixth inning and posted the win with two runs in the top of the eighth inning. Ed Bartolec (So., Poland, OH/Cardinal Mooney) pitched seven strong innings for the Cavs to earn his first win (1-2) of the season. Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) top right recorded the save. Lahna recorded the save in game two as well, as the Cavs completed the sweep with a 5-4 victory. He leads the staff with four saves. Huston Hinkle (Fr., Louisville, OH/HS) started and earned the win (1-0). He worked into the sixth inning.

Walsh won its third straight game, with a 7-5 win at Mount Union College on Friday. The Cavs scored two runs in the ninth inning to snap a 5-5 tie. Matt Mahek (2-0) picked up the win in relief and John Zakel (So., Middleburg Hts., OH/Holy Name) had four singles and drove in two runs.

Walsh swept Allegheny College on Saturday to extend its season-long winning streak to five games. The Cavs out-slugged the visitors 11-9 in game one and hammered them 10-1 in the second game. Chad Lahna had a career day in powering the Cavs to the sweep. His walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh won game one. In the nightcap, Lahna slugged a grand slam and drove in five runs. Brian Budd (Sr., Orrville, OH/HS) was also a big contributor in game one with two homeruns and three RBI. Wes Fenner (Jr., Plymouth, OH/South Central) picked-up the win in relief in game one to even his record at 1-1. Andy Steiner (Jr., Green, OH/HS) picked up his first win of the season in game two, as he went the distance and tossed a six-hitter.

Infielder Brian Budd leads the team in hitting with a .367 average. He is second in RBI with 16. Right fielder Joe Sigrist (Sr., Massillon, OH/Washington) currently has a six-game hitting streak.

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Cavs Sweep Allegheny/Lahna's Walk-Off Homer Wins Opener

Walsh (14-18) swept Allegheny College today to extend its season-long winning streak to five games. The Cavs outslugged the visitors 11-9 in game one and hammered them 10-1 in the second game. Walsh is home to Marietta College for a twibill on Monday at 2 p.m.

Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) had a career day in powering the Cavs to the sweep. His walk-off homer won game one. In the nightcap, Lahna slugged a grandslam and drove in five. Brian Budd (Sr., Orrville, OH/HS) was also a big contributor in game one with two homeruns and three RBI. Wes Fenner (Jr., Plymouth, OH/South Central) picked-up the win in relief in game one to even his record at 1-1. Andy Steiner (Jr., Green, OH/HS) picked up his first win of the season in game two, as he went the distance and tossed a six-hitter.

Friday, April 9, 2004

Walsh Wins Third Straight

Walsh (12-18) won its third game in a row, with a 7-5 win at Mount Union College yesterday. The Cavs scored two runs in the ninth inning to snap a 5-5 tie. Matt Mahek (2-0) picked up the win in relief. John Zakel (So., Middleburg Hts., OH/Holy Name) had four singles and drove in two runs. Walsh is home for a doubleheader today against Allegheny College at 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 8, 2004

Cavs Take Two at Cedarville

Walsh (11-18) snapped a six-game losing streak with a doubleheader sweep at Cedarville University (8-18) today. The Cavs won game one 4-2 in eight innings, then captured the nightcap 5-4. Today, Walsh is scheduled to play at Mount Union College in a single game at 1 p.m. The Cavs and Purple Raiders junior varsity teams will play a single game after the varsity game.

In the first game at Cedarville, Walsh tied the game with a run in the sixth innning and posted the win with two runs in the top of the eighth inning. Ed Bartolec (So., Poland, OH/Cardinal Mooney) pitched seven strong innings for the Cavs to pick up the win. Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) recorded the save. Lahna recorded the save in game two as well, as the Cavs completed the sweep with a 5-4 victory. Huston Hinkle (Fr., Louisville, OH/HS) started and earned the win. He worked into the sixth inning.

Wednesday, April 7, 2004

Point Park Sweeps Cavs Again

For the second time four days Walsh (9-18, 2-6) fell twice to Point Park College (10-6, 4-0) in an American Mideast Conference North doubleheader. The Pioneers captured game one 4-0, and won the nightcap 5-2. The Cavs have now dropped their last six games. Walsh travels to Cedarville on Thursday for two non-league games, host Mount Union in a single game on Friday and host Allegheny for two non-league games on Saturday.

Walsh mustered just four-hits in game one at Point Park. David Kuchenski (Jr., Tallmadge, OH/HS) started for the Cavs and suffered his fifth loss of the season. In game two, Point Park snapped a 3-3 tie with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Andy Schon (Fr., Akron, OH/Coventry) started and worked into the sixth and took the loss. He is 3-2, with both losses against Point Park.

Monday, April 5, 2004

Cavs (9-16, 2-4) Fall Twice To Point Park

Walsh (9-16, 2-4) lost two American Mideast Conference North games against Point Park in their only games last week. This week, the Cavs travel to Point Park for two games on Tuesday, play at Cedarville (2) on Thursday, host Mount Union in a single game on Friday and host Allegheny for two games on Saturday.

Walsh lost both ends of their AMC North Division twinbill on Saturday. Point Park (8-6, 2-0) downed the Cavs 6-1 in the first game and 9-5 in the nightcap. Brad Hubert (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Fransiscan) top right provided the only offense in game one with a solo homer in the seventh. Freshman right-hander Andy Schon (Akron, OH/Coventry) worked into the seventh and suffered his first collegiate loss to fall to 3-1. Point Park scored six runs in the third inning of game two, on their way to a 9-5 win. Hubert homered again, his fourth of the season, and drove in two runs. Andy Syx (Sr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) started and took the loss to fall to 2-1.

Saturday, April 3, 2004

Cavs Fall Twice to Point Park

Walsh (9-16, 2-4) lost both ends of an American Mideast Conference North Division twinbill yesterday. Point Park (8-6, 2-0) downed the Cavs 6-1 in the first game and 9-5 in the nightcap. Walsh is scheduled to play a single game at Tiffin on Sunday and travel to Pittsburgh on Monday for an AMC doubleheader.

Brad Hubert (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Fransican) provided the only offense in game one with a solo homer in the seventh. Freshman right-hander Andy Schon (Akron, OH/Coventry) worked into the seventh and suffered his first collegiate loss to fall to 3-1. Point Park scored six runs in the third inning of game two, on their way to a 9-5 win. Hubert homered again, his fourth of the season and drove in two runs. Andy Syx (Sr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) started and took the loss to fall to 2-1.

Friday, April 2, 2004

Re-Schedule Time Again/Cavs-Point Park Washed Out Today, Will Play 2 at Walsh Tomorrow

The weather has again forced Walsh to rearrange its schedule. Today's AMC North twinbill with Point Park has been moved to tomorrow at 1 p.m. Walsh will now play at Point Park on Monday, April 5th at 2 p.m. The two teams were originally scheduled to play at Walsh today and at Point Park tomorrow.

Thursday, April 1,2004

Walsh's scheduled single home game with Baldwin-Wallace for today has been postponed. The two teams have re-scheduled for Monday, May 3 at 4 p.m. at Baldwin-Wallace.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Cavs/B-W Postponed

Walsh's scheduled single game with Baldwin-Wallace for today has been postponed. The two teams have re-scheduled for Thursday, April 1 at 3:30 p.m. at Walsh.

Monday, March 29, 2004

Cavs Split Four AMC North Games With Geneva

Walsh (9-14, 2-2) split four American Mideast Conference North games with Geneva College last week. This week the Cavs host Baldwin-Wallace in a single game on Tuesday, play four AMC North games with Point Park and travel to Tiffin on Sunday. Walsh is home to the Pioneers on Friday and travel to Point Park on Saturday.

Andy Schon (Fr., Akron, OH/Coventry) top right improved to 3-0 on the season after shutting out Geneva 5-0 in the first game of a doubleheader last Thursday. It was the American Mideast Conference North Division opener for the Cavs and their first home game. Schon tossed a two-hitter, fanned five and did not walk a batter. Walsh rallied with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to win the nightcap 2-1. Andy Syx (Sr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) started and picked up the win to improve to 2-0. Syx scattered four hits and fanned three. Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) came on in the 7th to notch his second save. Geneva returned the favor on Saturday, sweeping the Cavs 14-12 and 5-2. David Kuchenski (Jr., Tallmadge, OH/HS) suffered the loss in game one to fall to 0-4. Mike Sturznickel (Sr., North Canton, OH/HS) homered for the Cavs and drove in four runs. Brad Hubert (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Franciscan) (1-2) took the loss in game two, despite allowing only one earned run.

Cavs second baseman Brian Budd (Sr., Orrville, OH/HS) bottom right leads the Cavs in hitting (.422) and has 11 multi-hit games. Walsh is hitting only .261 as a team.

Saturday, March 27, 2004

Cavs Drop 2 at Geneva/No Game With John Carroll on Sunday

Walsh (9-14, 2-2) lost both ends of an American Mideast Conference North Division doubleheader at Geneva College yesterday. The Cavs were outslugged 14-12 in the first game and edged 5-2 in the nightcap. David Kuchenski (Jr., Tallmadge, OH/HS) suffered the loss in game one to fall to 0-4. Mike Sturznickel (Sr., North Canton, OH/HS) homered for the Cavs, who banged out 11 hits. Brad Huebrt (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Franciscan) took the loss in game two. Hubert is 1-2. The Cavs could muster only four hits.

Walsh's scheduled game with John Carroll on Sunday has been postponed due to conference commitments for the Blue Streaks. Walsh will host Baldwin-Wallace in a single game at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Friday, March 26, 2004

John Carroll Twinbill on Sunday Moved to Walsh/Today's Game Postponed

Walsh's scheduled doubleheader at John Carroll University on Sunday, March 28th has been moved to Walsh. Game time is 1 p.m. Today's 3 p.m. single game with Mount Union has been postponed. No make-up date has been set.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

Schon Blanks Geneva 5-0 in Opener/Cavs Rally in 5th of Game Two To Complete Sweep

Andy Schon (Fr. Akron, OH/Coventry) improved to 3-1 on the season, after shutting out Geneva 5-0 in the first game of a doubleheader, in the Cavs American Mideast Conference North Division Opener. Schon tossed a two-hitter with five strikeouts and did not walk a batter. Walsh then rallied with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to win the nightcap 2-1 and complete the sweep. Andy Syx (Sr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) started and picked up the win to improve to 2-0. Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) came on in the 7th to notch his second save. Syx scattered four hits and fanned three. The sweep improves the Cavs to 9-12 overall and 2-0 in the AMC North. Walsh has won its last three games.

Weather permitting, Walsh will host Mount Union in a single game tomorrow at 3 p.m and play two games at Geneva on Saturday.

Monday, March 22, 2003

(7-12): Cavs 2-2 at Shawnee State

Walsh (7-12) spent last week watching as snow hit Northeast Ohio. The Cavs scheduled doubleheader with Madonna on Saturday was postponed. No make-up date has been set. This week, if the weather man cooperates, the Cavs travel to Mount Union for a twinbill on Tuesday (1 p.m.), host Geneva in their American Mideast Conference North opener on Thursday (1 p.m.) and travel to Geneva (AMC) on Saturday (2 p.m.). Walsh then plays at John Carroll (2) on Sunday (1 p.m.). The Cavs last played on March 14th.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Brian Budd AMC Position Player of the Week

CEDARVILLE, Ohio - Walsh second baseman Brian Budd (Orrville, OH/HS) top right and Mount Vernon Nazarene pitcher Mike Laughlin (Mogadore, OH) have been named the AMC baseball Players of the Week. They are the first athletes chosen for the 2004 season.


Budd, a six-foot senior, batted .706 as Walsh split a four-game series with Shawnee State. He was 12-for-17 at the plate with a double, seven RBI's, and four runs scored. Budd posted a .765 slugging percentage and registered at least two hits in all four games.

Monday, March 15, 2004

Cavs (7-12) 2-2 at Shawnee State

Walsh (7-12) split two doubleheaders this past weekend at Shawnee State University. This week, the Cavs host Madonna (MI) for two games on Saturday (1 p.m.).

Walsh scored plenty of runs (36) in the four-game split, but also gave up plenty of runs (38). Walsh wasted a 5-0 lead in losing 6-5 in the first game against the Bears. The Cavs out-hit the Bears 7-5, but made three errors in the loss. Andy Steiner (Jr., Green, OH/HS) suffered the loss to fall to 0-3. Brian Budd (Sr., Orrville, OH/HS) had two hits and drove in two runs. Walsh scored seven runs in the third inning of the next game, but gave up nine runs in the bottom of the inning in a 13-12 slugfest win in eight innings. Brad Hubert (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Franciscan) doubled, homered, and drove in four runs and Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) picked up the win in relief. Shawnee State scored seven runs in the third inning, of the third game, on their way to an 11-8 win. Budd had two hits and Hubert drove in three runs. Walsh scored four runs in the sixth inning of the final game to post a 10-9 come-from-behind win. Budd had four singles a double and drove in two runs in the win. Matt Mahek (Fr., Shelby, OH/HS) picked up the win in relief.

Sunday, March 14, 2004

Cavs Split With Shawnee State

Walsh (6-11) split a doubleheader at Shawnee State yesterday. The Cavs dropped the opener 6-5, but gained a split with a 13-12 win in eight innings in the nightcap. The two teams play a twinbill at Portsmouth again today at 12 p.m. Brian Budd (Sr., Orrville, OH/HS) had two hits and a RBI and Derrick Mauger (Sr., Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) homered, but it wasn't enough in the Cavs 6-5 loss. Andy Steiner (Jr., Green, OH/HS) suffered the loss to fall to 0-3 on the season. In the nightcap, Brad Hubert (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Franciscan) homered, doubled and drove in four runs in the Cavs 13-12 extra inning win. Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) (1-1) came on in the seventh to pick-up the win.

Monday, March 8, 2004

Cavs (5-10) Go 4-5 In Sunshine State

Walsh (5-10) won four out of nine games on their spring trip to Florida. The Cavs managed victories against Trinity International twice, 5-1 and 11-6, Bethel (4-2) and Warner Southern (7-6). The Cavs open the northern portion of the schedule this weekend at Shawnee State University. The Cavs play back-to-back doubleheaders on Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (12 p.m.)

Friday, March 5, 2004

Walsh Loses Pair

Walsh (4-8) dropped both ends of a split doubleheader yesterday. The Cavs were blanked 6-0 by Southern Wesleyan and bounced 11-1 by Bethel. The Cavs meet Bethel again this morning at 9:30 and play Warner Southern at a time to be announced.

Southern Wesleyan blanked the Cavs on five hits in their 6-0 win. Ed Bartolec (So., Poland, OH/Cardinal Mooney) took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season. Bethel tallied runs in every inning in their five inning 11-1 win. Andy Steiner (Jr., Green, OH/HS) started for the Cavs and suffered the defeat.

Thursday, March 4, 2004

Cavs Take Two

Walsh (4-6) snapped a four-game losing skid by winning both games in a split doubleheader yesterday. The Cavs defeated Trinity 11-6 and downed Bethel 4-2. Today, the Cavs meet Southern Wesleyan at 9:30 a.m. and Bethel at 12:30 p.m. Both games are being played at Warner Southern.

Walsh scored a season-high 11 runs in their 11-6 win against Trinity International. The Cavs shocked Trinity with a seven run 7th inning to erase a 6-4 deficit to post the win. The Cavs turned the trick without the benefit of an extra-base hit and were aided by four Trinity errors. Jeff Trout (Jr., Suffield, OH/Field) drove in two runs with a pair of singles. Derrick Mauger (Sr., Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) and Josh Spencer (Fr., Bolivar, OH/Central Catholic) also drove in two runs each. Joe Cistone (Fr., Akron, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) picked up his first collegiate win in relief.

Walsh again came from behind with three runs in the bottom of fifth inning to defeat Bethel 4-2. Walsh trailed 2-1 heading into the bottom of the inning. Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) drove in two runs and Brad Hubert (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Franciscan) had a single, two walks and a RBI. Hubert also went the distance, fanning four, to even his record at 1-1.

Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Cavs Drop Two

Walsh fell to 2-6 on the spring after losing a split doubleheader yesterday. The Cavs lost 9-1 to Bethel and 6-5 to Webber in nine innings. It was the Cavs second straight extra inning loss to Webber. They dropped an 11-10 slugfest to Webber in eight innings on Monday. Today, the Cavs play at split twinbill at Warner Southern. The Cavs meet Trinity at 10 a.m. and Bethel at 1 p.m.

Bethel broke open a tight game with seven runs in their final three at-bats to win 9-1. With Walsh trailing 2-1 in the fourth inning, Bethel tallied four runs in the bottom of fourth, two in the fifth and one in the sixth. David Kuchenksi (Jr., Tallmadge, OH/HS) started and suffered his second loss (0-2) of the spring. Walsh fought back from a 5-1 deficit against Webber, only to fall 6-5 in nine innings. Chad Lahna (Jr., West Lafayette, OH/Ridgewood) took the loss (0-1) in relief. Jeff Trout (Jr., Suffield, OH/Field) drove in three of the Cavs five runs with a double.

Tuesday, March 2, 2004

Cavs Spilt Twinbill

Walsh (2-4) split a Florida twinbill yesterday. The Cavs downed Trinity International 5-1, but lost 11-10 to Webber in eight innings. The Cavs meet Bethel and Webber today in single games. Walsh scored three runs in the second inning and Andy Syx (Sr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) made them stand-up in the 5-1 win over Trinity. Syx (1-0) went the distance, tossing as three-hitter and fanning six to win his first game of the season. Catcher Derrick Mauger (Sr., Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) doubled and freshman outfielder Josh Spencer (Fr., Bolivar, OH/Central Catholic) singled and drove in a run for the Cavs.

Despite scoring eight runs in the top of the second inning and holding an 8-3 lead, Walsh fell 11-10 to Webber in eight innings. Walsh banged out 12 hits, but committed five errors in the loss. Brad Hubert (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Franciscan) homered, doubled and drove in two runs. Brian Budd (Sr., Orrville, OH/HS) drove in two runs with three singles and Joe Sigirst (Sr., Massillon, OH/Washington) had two singles and two RBI.

Monday, Febraury 23, 2004

Cavs Go 1-3 in Kentucky

Walsh opened the baseball season this past weekend in the Blue Grass state. The Cavs split a doubleheader at Campbellsville on Saturday, but lost single games to Lindsey Wilson and Rio Grande on Sunday.

The Cavs dropped game one 6-4 at Campbellsville, but bounced back to win the nightcap 2-1. The Cavs failed to hold a 3-1 lead in game one, giving up two runs in the fourth inning and three more in the sixth in falling 6-4. Starting pitcher Andy Syx (Sr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) worked into the fifth. Ed Bartolec (So., Poland, OH/Cardinal Mooney) was charged with loss. Freshman right-hander Andy Schon (Akron, OH/Coventry) fanned 10 in the nightcap and allowed only three hits in going the distance in his first collegiate start. Mike Sturznickel (Sr., North Canton, OH/HS) homered in the 2-1 win.

Rio Grande scored eight runs in the first inning and beat the Cavs 11-7. The Redmen slugged three homeruns. David Kuchenski (Jr., Tallmadge, OH/HS) started and was charged with the loss. Lindsey Wilson scored six runs in the first two innings and coasted to a 9-3 win. Brad Hubert (Sr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Franciscan) started and took the loss. The Cavs made eight errors in the two games. Brian Budd (Sr., Orrville, OH/HS) and three hits in the Rio Grande game and two more against Lindsey Wilson.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Cavs Split Twinbill at Campbellsville/Schon Fans 10 in Nightcap

Walsh (1-1) opened the season with a doubleheader split at Campbellsville. The Cavs dropped game one 6-4, but bounced back to win the nightcap 2-1. Walsh plays single games at Lindsey Wilson today with the host team and the University of Rio Grande.

The Cavs failed to hold a 3-1 lead in game one, giving up two runs in the fourth and three more in the sixth in falling 6-4. Andy Syx (Sr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) worked into the fifth. Ed Bartolec (So., Poland, OH/Cardinal Mooney) was charged with loss. Freshman right-hander Andy Schon (Akron, OH/Coventry) fanned 10 in the nightcap and allowed only three hits in going the distance in his first collegiate start. Mike Sturznickel (Sr., North Canton, OH/HS) homered in the 2-1 win.

Monday, February 16, 2004

Cavs Open Season in Kentucky

Walsh opens the baseball season this weekend in the Blue Grass state. The Cavs play a doubleheader at Campbellsville on Saturday and play single games at Lindsey Wilson on Sunday with the host team and Rio Grande. The Cavs finished 25-22 last season under Tim Mead (406-445), who enters his 21st season as head coach.

Thursday, July 24, 2003

"Walsh University's Tim Mead Finalizes Baseball Recruiting Class"

(North Canton, OH) Walsh University baseball coach Tim Mead has finalized his recruiting class for the 2003-04 academic season. Michael Affolter (Canton Central Catholic), Joshua Budiscak (North Canton Hoover), Ryan Inama (Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary), Ryan Indorf (Massillon Washington), Kade Klick (Jackson) and Andrew Schon (Coventry) have all signed NAIA National Letters of Intent to compete for the Cavs. Walsh competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the American Mideast Conference (AMC). Walsh finished 25-22 last season and 9-11 in the North Division of the AMC.

Affolter earned four letters for the Crusaders and coach Doug Miller at Central Catholic. He hit .438 with 31 RBI playing left field this past season. Affolter also lettered in basketball and cross country.

Budiscak won two letters for the Vikings and coach Mel Long at North Canton. He hit .350 with a home run and 15 RBI, while playing the outfield and pitching for the Vikings as a junior and was 4-3 with a 2.56 ERA this past spring. Budiscak also participated in the Stark County All-Star game and the Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game.

Inama earned three letters for the Irish and coach Ken Linn at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. Inama, a centerfielder, hit .285 with a home run and 20 RBI and was selected second team All-City Series.

Indorf won two letters for the Tigers and coach Tim Ridgley at Massillon Washington. Indorf played right field, third base and pitched and hit .387 with six home runs and 22 RBI.

Klick earned three letters for the Polar Bears and coaches Tim Yigling and Kevin Miller. A shortstop, Klick was selected first team All-Federal League and played in the Stark County All-Star game. He hit .383 with a home run and 21 RBI on Jackson's regional runner-up team. He also earned two basketball letters.

Schon won three letters for the Comets and coach Don Schenz. Schon, a pitcher, earned first team All-PAC honors in 2002 and 2003 and was the Comets' MVP. He finished 8-0 with an 0.93 ERA and set a school strikeout record (104). Schon was also awarded the Ken Eshelman Award and the Archie Griffin Scholarship Award.

Wednesday, June 4, 2003

"Ben Hackett Named NAIA Honorable Mention All-American"

Walsh center fielder Ben Hackett (Sr., Shreve, OH/Triway) has been selected honorable mention All-American by the NAIA.

Hackett, also a first team All-American Mideast Conference North Division selection this season, finishes his career as Walsh's all-time hit leader with 233. He led the Cavs with 63 hits and a .389 average, while playing in all 47 games. Hackett belted six home runs, ten doubles and 30 RBI. He was also tied for the team lead with 10 stolen bases. He is Walsh's all-time leader in career at-bats (660), doubles (50), runs scored (151) and is second in RBI (141) and compiled a career batting average of .353. Hubert, a second team selection last season, led the Cavs with 10 home runs, 14 doubles and 55 RBI. Hackett hit .373 and led the Cavs with a .690 slugging percentage in 47 games.

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

"Hackett, Hubert Tabbed First Team All-AMC North Division"

Walsh center fielder Ben Hackett (Sr., Shreve, OH/Triway) and first baseman Brad Hubert (Jr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Franciscan) have been selected first team All-American Mideast Conference North Division in baseball. Kevin Kime (OF/DH, Sr., Johnstown, PA/Bishop McCort), Kyle Lynn (P, Fr., Massillon, OH/Tuslaw) and Mike Sturznickel (SS, Jr., North Canton OH/Hoover) were selected honorable mention. Walsh finished the season 25-22 and 9-11 in the AMC North.

Hackett, an honorable mention selection last season, finishes his career as Walsh's all-time hit leader with 233. He led the Cavs with 63 hits and a .389 average, while playing in all 47 games. Hackett had six home runs, ten doubles and 30 RBI. He was also tied for the team lead with 10 stolen bases. Hackett is Walsh's all-time leader in career at-bats (660), doubles (50), runs scored (151) and is second in RBI (141) and compiled a career batting average of .353. Hubert, a second team selection last season, led the Cavs with 10 home runs, 14 doubles and 55 RBI. He hit .373 and led the Cavs with a .690 slugging percentage in 47 games.

Kime played in the outfield and as the Cavs' designated hitter. His .333 average was a career high and 97 points higher than the previous year. Kyle Lynn capped an outstanding first year with a 5-1 record and 2.61 ERA, tops among the starters. Lynn made eight starts and was second on the team with four complete games. He fanned 36 in 48.1 innings. Sturznickel returned from shoulder surgery to have an outstanding season, hitting .350 with seven doubles and 27 RBI. His .457 on base percentage was tops for the Cavs.

Monday, May 5, 2003

Cavs (25-22, 9-11) Miss Playoffs

Walsh's season ended Saturday with a double header loss at home to Saint Vincent. The two losses, coupled with Point Park's split with Mount Vernon Nazarene, officially eliminated the Cavs from post season play. Walsh finished 25-22 overall and 9-11 (5th place) in the American Mideast Conference North Division. The Cavs lost five of their last six AMC North games.

Walsh split an AMC North Division double header at Mount Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday. The Cavs won the opener 7-5, but lost the nightcap 3-1. Andy Syx (Jr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) worked 6 1/3 solid innings to pick up the win in game one. Matt Gerstenslager (Sr., North Canton, OH/GlenOak) recorded the final two outs to record his third save. First baseman Brad Hubert (Jr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Franciscan) doubled and drove in three runs. Mount Vernon rallied with three unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in game two to gain a split and win 3-1. Walsh had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning on a fielder's choice. Kyle Lynn (Fr., Massillon, OH/Tuslaw) suffered his first loss of the season (5-1). On Thursday, Walsh dropped a non-conference game with Wooster at Thurman Munson Stadium 10-8. Hubert homered (10th) and drove in three runs and center fielder Ben Hackett (Sr., Shreve, OH/Triway) homered (6th) and drove in two runs. Saint Vincent ended all playoff hopes with a sweep of the Cavs on Saturday. The Bearcats jumped to a 4-0 lead in game one and held on for a 5-4 win. Third baseman Rod Taylor (So., Millersburg, OH/West Holmes) and designated hitter Derrick Mauger (Jr., Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) each homered. Taylor also homered in the nightcap, which the Bearcats won 13-3.

Senior Ben Hackett finishes his career as Walsh's all-time hit leader with 233. Hackett is also the all-time leader in career at-bats (660), doubles (50), runs scored (151) and was second in RBI (141). Hackett compiled a career batting average of .353 and led the team with a .389 average this season. Brad Hubert led the Cavs this season with 10 home runs and 55 RBI and finished second to Hackett with a .373 average. On the mound, freshman Kyle Lynn (Massillon, OH/Tuslaw) capped an outstanding first year with a 5-1 record and 2.61 ERA, tops among the starters.

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Cavs Split at Mount Vernon Nazarene

Walsh split an AMC North Division double header at Mount Vernon Nazarene today. The Cavs won the opener 7-5, but lost the nightcap 3-1. The split leaves the Cavs 9-9 in the AMC and 25-19 overall. Walsh will host Wooster in a single game at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium on Thursday (5 p.m.) and Saint Vincent College in an AMC North twinbill on Saturday (1 p.m.)

Andy Syx (Jr., Canal Fulton, OH/Northwest) TOP RIGHT worked 6 1/3 solid innings to pick up the win in game one. Syx is 2-3 on the season. Matt Gerstenslager (Sr., North Canton, OH/GlenOak) recorded the final two outs to record his third save. First baseman Brad Hubert (Jr., Brunswick, OH/Padua Franciscan) doubled and drove in three runs. Mount Vernon rallied with three unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in game two to gain a split and win 3-1. Walsh had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning on a fielder's choice. Kyle Lynn (Fr., Massillon, OH/Tuslaw) suffered his first loss of the season (5-1). Walsh is in fourth place in the North and need a sweep on Saturday against Saint Vincent to keep their post season chances alive.

Monday, April 28, 2003

Cavs (24-18, 8-8) Swept at Point Park, Fall to Fourth in AMC North Division

Walsh's playoff hopes were dealt a serious blow after being swept at Point Park College on Saturday. Point Park won 8-3 and 14-3 to take over third place in the North Division of the American Mideast Conference. The two losses dropped the Cavs into fourth place. The top three teams qualify for the AMC/NAIA Region lX Tournament which begins on May 7. Walsh is now 8-8 in the North and Point Park is 9-7. Walsh has four conference games remaining, they play at Mount Vernon Nazarene on Tuesday and are home to St. Vincent on Saturday. Both are double headers and begin at 1 p.m. Walsh also plays a non-conference single game at Thurman Munson Stadium against Wooster on Thursday at 5 p.m.

It was a long day for the Cavs at Point Park on Saturday. The Pioneers snapped a 3-3 tie with five runs in the fourth inning, on their way to an 8-3 win in game one. Besides losing the ballgame, the Cavs may have lost starting shortstop Mike Sturznickel (Jr., North Canton, OH/HS) for the season with an injury to his left hand. He will be looked at early this week. Point Park struck often and early in their 14-3 win in game two. The Pioneers scored six runs in the first and added four each in the fourth and fifth innings. Walsh did come away with a non-conference split with Ohio Dominican at home on Sunday. Third baseman Rod Taylor (So., Millersburg, OH/West Holmes) (TOP RIGHT) drove in 11 runs in the two games with three home runs, including a grand slam in game two2004