3.28.13 BASEBALL: Cavs Take Season Series From Malone With 2-1 Win
Walsh picked up an important win with a 2-1 decision over visiting Malone on Thursday afternoon along with the season series after the two squads split a doubleheader yesterday. The Cavaliers improve to 9-7 overall and are now even at 3-3 in the GLIAC. The Pioneers are now 8-11 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
The Cavs received a solid pitching performance from Brandon Whitslar (So., 6-1, Seville, OH/Cloverleaf) as he shutout the Pioneers through eight innings. The right-hander fanned eight strikeouts, walked three, while scattering three hits. He improves to 1-1 on the season.
Walsh scored the first run of the game when Sam Fondriest (Jr., 6-2, Dover, OH/Tusc. Central Catholic) scored from second base on double to left field by Justin Clements (Jr., 5-9, Massillon, OH/Jackson). Fondriest reached on a single to center, on an 0-2 pitch, before moving to second on a single by Drew Link (Jr., 5-10, Granville, OH/HS).
After Whitslar retired the side in the top of the sixth, Trevor Smith (Sr., 5-10, Parma, OH/Holy Name) scored on a double to left by R.J. Vukovich (Sr., 5-9, North Canton, OH/Hoover).
Neal Edwards (So., 6-2, Silverlake, OH/St. Vincent-St. Mary) came on in relief of Whitslar in the ninth inning. Malone cut the lead to 2-1, and then loaded the bases, before Edwards fanned Matt Davis to pick up his second straight save and third of the season.
The Cavs return to action tomorrow with another conference game against visiting Ashland. First-pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. Both teams will be back at it again with a doubleheader on Saturday. Tomorrow's game will be broadcast live on TEAMLINE.