3.1.14 BASEBALL: Cavs Swept By No. 1 Spartans Despite Taking Tampa To Extras

Baseball, 2014-03-01

(TAMPA) – Walsh was swept by No. 1 Tampa by scores of 9-1 and 3-2 in eight innings at UT Baseball Field Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers fall to 1-5 while the Spartans improve to 14-1. It was the first time this season that Tampa was taken to extra innings. 

In the opening game, the Spartans were in control of the game throughout. Three errors helped contribute to a 5-0 lead for Tampa through six innings. Walsh’s lone run came in the seventh when Andrew Bonnette (Jr., 6-0, Tallmadge, OH/HS) scored on an error by the Spartan’s third baseman. Bonnette reached safely at the top of the frame on an infield single to the shortstop and advanced to second on a single by Jason McPeek (So., 6-4, Stow, OH/Munroe-Falls/Akron). The Spartans answered with four runs in the bottom of
the seventh. 

Joe Tann (Jr., 6-3, Canton, OH/Central Catholic) took the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year in his second start. He was charged for four runs on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks in five innings.

In the nightcap, Tampa initially took the lead with single runs in the second and third innings. Walsh got on the board in the fourth when McPeek scored on a bloop single to left field by Justin Clements (Sr., 5-9, Massillon, OH/Jackson). McPeek reached first safely on a single up the middle and advanced to second on a stolen base. 

McPeek continued his impressive day when he stretched out an infield single that allowed Drew Link (Sr., 5-10, Granville, OH/HS) to score and tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the sixth. Link also reached on an infield single, advanced to second on a stolen base, and went to third on a ground out.

The game was decided when Tyler York singled up the middle to bring home Stephen Dezzi in the bottom of the eighth. Dezzi opened up the inning with a double on a high hit that snuck inside the third base line as the Cavaliers’ defense converged on the ball but couldn’t make the play. He advanced to third on a ground out to the pitcher.

Defensively Walsh was strong in the second game as they turned three double plays.

Brandon Whitslar (Jr., 6-1, Seville, OH/Cloverleaf) started the game and pitched well in the no-decision. He gave up two runs, one earned, on seven hits with one strikeout against two walks in seven innings of work. Donnie Macko (Sr., 6-0, Clinton, OH/Northwest/Wheeling Jesuit) took the loss to fall to 0-1.

McPeek finished the day 4-for-8 with an RBI and a run scored.

Both teams meet again tomorrow in the series finale with the first pitch set for 1 p.m.