4.2.13 BASEBALL: Cavs Sweep Northwood; Take Third Straight Series
(Midland, MI) Walsh improved to 13-8 overall and to 7-4 in the GLIAC after sweeping Nothwood University (8-11, 4-4) by the scores of 6-3 and 11-2. The final game of the three-game series is at 2 pm tomorrow. The series win is the third straight for the Cavs, who have won six of their last seven games.
The Cavs won game one on the strength of a five-run third inning, keyed by a bases clearing double from Andy DePeel (Sr., Cincinnati, OH/Princeton) The Cavs took a 2-0 lead on singles from Justin Clements (Jr., Massillon, OH/Jackson) and Forrest Boggs (Sr., Suffield, OH/Field). Walsh added a single run in the fifth on RJ Vukovich's (Sr., North Canton, OH/Hoover) sacrifice fly. Cavs' starter Joe Tann (So., Canton, OH/Central Catholic) pitched six strong ininngs, allowing single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Tann (3-1) fanned two and scattered seven hits. Mike Daugherty (So., Mayfield Village, OH/HS) worked the seventh. Clement's and Drew Link (Jr., Granville, OH/HS) each two hits. Link's hits extended his hitting streak to seven games.
After Northwood took a 1-0 in the home half of the first inning, Walsh came right back with two runs in the second to take a 2-1 lead. In the third, the Cavs used the same formula as game one, a three-run double. Ironically, the Cavs' catcher slugged the big hit, as in game one. Michael Lee (Jr., Barberton, OH/HS) cleared the bases with a double down the left field line to give the Cavs a 6-2 lead. The Cavs would add two runs in the fourth, one a Drew Link (Jr., Granville, OH/HS) triple and three more in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Jake Palidar (Jr., Wadsworth,OH/HS) and Trevor Smith (Sr., Parma, OH/Holy Name) each had two hits and Boggs drove in two runs. Smith also had three RBI. Brandon Whitslar (So., Seville, OH/Cloverleaf) won his second straight start to improve to 2-1. The right-hander allowed a run on four hits through five innings. Kyle Ward (Fr., Independence, OH/Padua Franciscan) worked the final two innings.