(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – The Walsh baseball team kept rolling and completed the series sweep of Lake Erie by wins of 11-2 and 17-8 at Minerva's Carl Michael Field on Tuesday. It was the first four-game series sweep for the Cavaliers (11-3, 4-0) since joining the GLIAC, and first-ever against the Storm (5-10, 0-4).
It's the first series sweep of three games or more since 2014 when the Cavs won three-straight against Northwood and followed up with another three Ws against Findlay.
In the opener, Walsh wasted little time jumping on top of Lake Erie with four runs in the first inning. That lead grew to 10-0 with six more in the fifth.
Each of the top eight batters hit safely in the game with the seven of the nine recording multiple hit games. In total, Walsh pounded out 15 hits with six going for extra bases.
Hyatt Shenefield held the Storm's lineup in check with one run on four hits with one walk in six innings pitched to improve to 3-0 on the season.
In the nightcap, Walsh took the lead for good in the bottom of the second. Andrew Stalnaker broke a 3-3 tie with a two-RBI double to score Luke Caple and Eric Conner before Austin Szink highlighted the inning with a two-run home run to left center to make the score 7-3.
Lake Erie answered with solo runs in the fourth and fifth, but the Cavs got both of those runs back in the bottom of the fifth with consecutive RBI doubles from Jordan Grubb to score Johnny Knight IV and Tyson Lautanen to score Grubb.
Grubb's big game continued as he helped the Cavs score six runs in the sixth and later hit a two-run homer in the seventh. He finished the game 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored. For the day he was 5-for-6 with six RBI, five runs scored, a home run, and two doubles.
Starter Mark Mittiga recorded the win to improve to 2-0.
The Maroon and Gold returns to action Saturday when it hosts Grand Valley State four a four-game series on Saturday and Sunday.