Stalnaker's Walk-off Gives Walsh Series Win Over No. 13 Grand Valley

Stalnaker's Walk-off Gives Walsh Series Win Over No. 13 Grand Valley

(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh took the season series from No. 13 Grand Valley with a split in today's doubleheader with a 3-2 win in the opener before a 12-8 defeat in the finale. The win came in walk-off fashion for the second consecutive game for the Cavaliers (14-4, 7-1) as Andrew Stalnaker hit a home run in the bottom of the eighth in the originally scheduled seven-inning game against the Lakers (12-9, 1-3).

The home run extended Walsh's win streak to seven games. It was made possible after the Cavs tied the game up at 2-2 with a solo run in the bottom of the seventh when James Thomas singled to right to bring in Johnny Knight IV from second. Knight originally reached on a single up the middle and advanced to second on a passed ball.

Walsh took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Stalnaker scored on a single by Knight, but Grand Valley answered with two runs in the top of the third with a two-run home run.

Ryan McSweeney recorded the win to improve to 2-0 after he relieved starter Aidan Mlachak who tossed seven superb innings. He allowed just six hits and struck out four against one walk. McSweeney added another strikeout.

The Maroon and Gold made a strong push for the sweep, but ran into trouble in the fourth and sixth innings when the Lakers scored five runs in each frame. Walsh scored once in each of the first four innings and plated two in the fifth to make it a 7-6 game.

Walsh added another pair in the bottom of the seventh, but was retired with two base runners left stranded.

Luke Caple led the offense with his first two home runs of the season. Both were of the solo variety as he went 2-for-3 in the game. Jordan Grubb also had an excellent day as he went 4-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored, and two doubles.

Starter Tyson Lautanen took the loss in his first decision of the season.

The Cavaliers will host rival Malone for a doubleheader on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.