Walsh Mercy-Rules Second-Straight Opponent

Walsh Mercy-Rules Second-Straight Opponent

(AUBURNDALE, Fla.) – Heavy offense helped the Walsh baseball team to its second mercy-ruled game in as many days with a 15-5 victory over Minnesota Duluth on Monday afternoon. The Cavaliers (4-1) pounded out the 15 runs on 11 hits with the assistance of five errors by the Bulldogs (1-5).

The result left Minnesota Duluth using six pitchers with none lasting more than 2.1 innings.

UMD led 2-1 after the first frame, but a six-run rally in the second helped turn the momentum tide to favor the Cavaliers. Tyson Lautanen opened up the frame with a walk and later scored two batters later after he took second on a passed ball and scored on an error by the third baseman as Marcus Bobb reached on a fielder's choice.

After Eric Conner walked, Luke Caple singled in James Thomas who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning. This started a string of runs being scored on three consecutive batters as Andrew Stalnaker followed with an RBI fielder's choice to score Bobb and Szink singled through the left side to score Conner. Stalnaker later scored on a wild pitch and Jordan Grubb capped the scoring with a double down the left field line to bring in Szink.

The Bulldogs scored three in the bottom of the fourth to cut the deficit to two, but the Walsh battery was able to shut them down the rest of the way.

Lautanen homered a two-run shot to right to score Johnny Knight IV, and the flood gates opened again in the seventh with six more runs.

Conner started the late push with a two-run home of his own to right that also scored Bobb. Knight and Lautanen followed with a pair of bases-loaded walks to score Caple and Stalnaker, Szink scored on another wild pitch, and Bobb brought in Knight on a grounder in his second time up in the inning.

Caple finished the day 3-for-4 while Conner and Szink also had multiple-hit days. Lautanen brought in three runs while he scored two himself.

Justin Hovorka picked up the win in relief after he came on with two outs in the fourth and pitched 2.1 innings. He struck out four and allowed just two base runners on a hit and a walk. Starter MJ Nara struck out five and Luke Miller punched out another to give the staff 10 strikeouts on the day.

Tomorrow Walsh will take on its neighbors to the north in former conference rival Notre Dame College. First pitch with the Falcons is set for 2:30 p.m.