(ASHLAND, Ohio) – Walsh split the day and series with Ashland with a 5-4 win in Game 3 before a 6-0 defeat in the finale. The Cavaliers are now 17-7 overall and 9-3 in the GLIAC. The Eagles now stand at 12-16 overall and 5-7 in the conference.
In the opener, the Maroon and Gold scored four runs in the top of the sixth and held off a rally in the bottom of the frame by the Eagles. All four runs were scored on a pair of home runs. Luke Caple hit a two-run shot over the left field fence to score Eric Conner before Johnny Knight IV sailed one over left center to score Austin Szink. Knight's home run was his third of both the season and the series.
Andrew Stalnaker initially got the Cavs on the board in the fourth with a single down the left field line to score Conner and tied the game at 1-1.
Aidan Mlachak started the game and went five innings to pick up the win and improve to 1-1 on the season. He struck out four on the afternoon before Ryan McSweeney came on in relief for the final two frames. He struck out two and didn't allow a hit or a walk while earning his fifth save of the year.
In the nightcap, Ashland jumped on top of the Cavs with four runs in the third and limited the Cavaliers' opportunities the rest of the way.
Walsh will return to action against rival Malone with a twin bill on Wednesday. The non-conference games will start at 2 p.m. with the Pioneers serving as the home team on the scoreboard.