(MASON, Ohio) – A four-run fifth inning helped propel Walsh into the winner's bracket with a 5-4 victory over nationally ranked and top-seeded Ohio Dominican at Prasco Park on Wednesday evening. The Cavaliers (25-21) have now split their four games with the No. 16 Panthers (32-14) this season.
Avery Janning, fresh off being selected to the G-MAC's Second Team third baseman at last night's banquet, provided the go-ahead runs with a single through the left side to score Marcus Bobb and Eric Conner. Janning eventually scored after Brenden Spaulding laced one up the middle that also plated Andrew Czech.
Czech initiated the Cavaliers' scoring with a single up the middle to score Bobb in the top of the third. Bobb had a spectacular game as he went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored in the nightcap. Ross Etgen also had a multiple-hit game in a 2-for-4 day.
Hyatt Shenefield started the game and went 6.2 of solid work to improve to 5-2 on the season. He allowed three runs on five hits with three strikeouts against two walks. Justin Hovorka relieved him in the seventh and went the rest of the way to pick up his second save of the year.
The Panthers did threaten with a run in the seventh and the ninth, but Hovorka was able to tightrope the ninth with a pair of runners on for the final out.
The Cavaliers now move on to take on familiar foe Hillsdale tomorrow afternoon at 4:45 p.m.