(MIDLAND, Mich.) – The Walsh baseball team suffered a pair of tough one-run defeats against GLIAC-leading Northwood at Gerace Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Cavaliers (27-13, 16-8) are now a half-game behind Wayne State for second place in the GLIAC and four games back of the Timberwolves (33-9, 20-4) at the top of the standings.
Both games ended in similar fashion with Northwood scoring late to take the lead. The first game ended in walk-off fashion on an RBI single. Walsh took the initial lead in the game with a pair of runs in the second before Northwood tied the game with solo runs in the fourth and fifth.
Hyatt Shenefield started the game for the Cavaliers and struck out three in 4.2 innings of work. He allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits with four walks.
In the nightcap, Walsh rallied with three runs in the seventh on a home run by Andrew Stalnaker that scored Marcus Bobb and Thomas. That gave the Cavs a 4-2 lead, but Northwood was able to answer with one run in the seventh and two more in the eighth for the 5-4 win.
Stalnaker was 3-for-5 in the game and a triple shy of the cycle. Lautanen provided the other RBI with a single to center that scored Johnny Knight IV in the top of the second.
Walsh will return to Michigan next weekend to take on Saginaw Valley for a four-game series beginning Friday.