4.27.14 BASEBALL: Roper Pitches Cavs to Rubber-Game Win at Ashland, and into Fourth Place in GLIAC
(ASHLAND, Ohio) Danny Roper (Jr., Cincinnati, OH/Princeton) pitched seven strong innings, as Walsh (22-23, 14-13) banged out 18 hits in a 9-3 win over Ashland University (22-17, 12-12) in the rubber game of the three-game GLIAC series. The win moves Walsh into sole possession of fourth place, ahead of fifth place Ashland. The top six teams qualify for the GLIAC Tournament. Walsh has four regular season games remaining. The Cavs close the home season on Wednesday with a single GLIAC game with Ohio Dominican University at 3 pm. The game will be broadcast live on TEAMLINE.
After Ashland scored two runs in the first, Walsh tied the game with a two-run third inning. Jason McPeek (So., Stow, OH/Munroe-Falls/Akron) and Jordan Shank (Jr., Canton, OH/GlenOak) opened the inning with back-to-back singles, and scored on an error on the shortstop on a ball in the hole off the bat of Andrew Bonnette (Jr., Tallmadge, OH/HS).
Ashland pushed a run across to regain the lead (3-2) in the bottom of the third on a ground ball. It would be their last real threat against Roper.
Walsh tied the game in the fourth, when Brook Clark (So., Canton, OH/McKinley) scored after a two-out single by Shank.
The Cavs took the first lead of the day after back-to-back doubles from Sam Fondriest (Sr., Dover, OOH/Tuscarawas Central Catholic) and McPeek in the sixth. By this point Roper had settled in, retiring 14 in a row.
Walsh broke the game open with a four-run seventh, keyed by a two-run double to left by Clark, and an RBI double by Fondriest.
Walsh added a single run in the eighth on a two out single by Justin Clements (Sr., Massillon, OH/Jackson).
Roper was superb in improving to 3-1. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits, but only two men reached base after the third inning.
For Walsh, everybody had a hit and seven players had mutli-hit games. Clements and McPeek each had three hits, with Shank, Bonnette, Michael Lee (Sr., Barberton, OH/HS), Clark and Fondriest each collecting two hits. Of Walsh's 18 hits, seven were doubles.
Shank was 6-12 in the three-game series with four RBI.