4.3.12 BASEBALL: Cavs Take Two Against Houghton

Baseball, 2012-04-03

Walsh took the first two games of a four-game series with visiting Houghton by scores of 4-2 and 9-3 Tuesday evening. The Cavs (16-14, 5-1) have now won five straight games. The Highlanders (3-20, 0-6) have now lost nine straight.

In the first game, a pair of home runs propelled the Cavaliers to a 4-2 win over Houghton. Forrest Boggs (Jr., 6-2, Suffield, OH/Field/Mercyhurst) put Walsh on the scoreboard first with a solo home run off the scoreboard in right center field. After Houghton answered with two runs in the top of the third, the Cavs tied the game in the bottom of the frame as Drew Link (So., 5-10, Granville, OH/HS) scored on a sacrifice fly in foul territory by Tim Stinson (Jr., 5-10, Alliance, OH/Marlington). Stinson eventually hit what was the game-winning home run in the fifth inning with Kyler King (Jr., 5-8, Uniontown, OH/Lake) on base.

Brandon Whitslar (Fr., 6-1, Seville, OH/Cloverleaf) picked up the win after coming into the game in the fifth inning with the game tied. He allowed one hit and two walks in two innings of work to get his first decision of the season. Zach Speer (Jr., 5-10, Stow, OH/HS) earned his third save of the year with one strike out and one walk in the seventh.

A rain delay occurred early in the first game but did not cause any problems for the remainder of the day.

The Cavs controlled the second game from start to finish. Cory Johnston (Jr., 6-1, Medina, OH/Highland/CCC) pitched a complete game and gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits with six strikeouts. All three runs scored in the seventh frame. By that time Walsh was already up 9-0.

Justin Clements (So., 5-9, Massillon, OH/Jackson) went 3-for-3 with a double, two RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base to pace the offense. R.J. Vukovich (Jr., 5-9, North Canton, OH/Hoover/West Liberty) was 2-for-3 with three RBI, a double, and one run scored.

Both teams will play again in another twin bill tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.