4.12.12 SOFTBALL: Cavs Mercy Usuline 12-0 Before 6-5 Walkoff Comeback Win
Walsh swept a doubleheader against visiting Ursuline with the first game being a 12-0 decision via mercy rule and the second being a dramatic 6-5 walk-off win. The Cavaliers (27-13) now await Carlow for an important conference twin bill on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Arrows drop to 8-16.
The opening game was all Walsh as the Cavs inundated Ursuline with a 10-run second inning. The big blow came in Kelsey Ford’s (Sr., Boardman, OH/HS) second at-bat in which she belted a bases-loaded double to left-center for three RBI and an 8-0 lead. In the fourth frame, Jenna Rosso (Sr., Amherst, OH/Steele) capped off a solid game at the plate with her second home run of the season to set the final score at 12-0.
Rosso went 2-for-3 for the game with five RBI and two runs scored. She recorded an RBI during every at-bat and also had a double in the second inning.
Erin Ebert (Jr., Jeromesville, OH/Hillsdale) was the winning pitcher and improved to 12-6 on the year. She allowed just two hits and struck out five with no walks in her five innings of work.
Ursuline gave the Cavs all they could handle in the second game, but part of it was at Walsh’s expense. Four consecutive errors led to four runs for the Arrows in the first inning. Another run in the top of the second gave the visitors a 5-0 lead.
The Cavaliers answered in the bottom of the second as Dana Brown (Jr. Uniontown, OH/Lake) hit a bases-loaded triple to right field. She pushed for an inside-the-park home run but was thrown out at the plate. Walsh eventually tied the game at 5-5 with a pair of runs in the fifth.
The score stayed that way until the final inning when Walsh needed only two batters to finish the game. Chelsy Testa (So., Uniontown, OH/Lake) led off with a triple to center field and was brought home on a walk-off single by Olivia Jesionek (Fr., Parma, OH/Holy Name). Jesionek finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBI and was the tying run in the fifth inning.
Ford picked up the win in relief after coming in before the third inning and is now 10-3 on the year. She threw five perfect innings with seven strikeouts. Hanna Dodson (Fr., Newark, OH/Licking Valley) started the game and gave up five runs, one earned, on four hits with a strike out and a base on balls.