(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – The Walsh softball team picked up its first GLIAC sweep of the season with 4-2 and 9-0 wins over Ohio Dominican on Wednesday afternoon. It gives the Cavaliers (15-18, 6-6) their first three-game win streak of the season and second shutout in their last three games.
In the opening game, Walsh scored one in the first, three in the third, and staved off a late rally by the Panthers (17-19, 4-6) for the win. Olivia Pifer started the game and earned the win to improve to 9-9 on the season. She struck out eight on the day and allowed the two runs on six hits with no walks in six innings of work.
Shelbi Gregg came on in relief in the seventh and recorded the final three outs for the first save of the season.
Jenna Head brought in the initial run when she doubled to left center to bring in Nikki Newman in the bottom of the first. Newmans scored again two innings later along with Marissa Bondoni on a double to left field by Abbie Yaugher. Kendra Moore followed with a single down the left field line to score Yaugher later in the frame.
ODU appeared to have momentum on its side with runs scored in the sixth and seventh and threatened with runners on second and third with no outs, but Moore made a diving catch in right field and threw to third baseman Jenna Head via Alaina Manor to double up a potential run. The next batter grounded out to Manor to end the game.
The second game was total domination by the Cavaliers as Shelbi Gregg improved to 5-3 with the four-hit shutout. The offense pounded out nine hits and took advantage of three errors to score nine runs with four each scored in the second and fifth frames.
Danni Murtaugh lit up the scoreboard first with a shot down the left field line for a two-run home run that also scored Head. Later in the inning, Moore scored after Anna Anderson reached safely on an error. Manor brought in the final run of the inning on a single up the middle to score Anderson.
Another fielding error allowed Walsh to score a run in the top of the third when Bondoni scored.
Bondoni put Walsh over the eight run threshold in the fifth with a two-RBI single to center that brought in Manor and Anderson. Earlier in the frame, Anderson made the score 6-0 with a single down the third base line that scored Murtaugh. Newman also received a bases-loaded walk for the other run.
Walsh will look to make it five-straight as it hosts arch rival Malone for Senior Day on Sunday at 1 p.m. It will also be the teams Jersey Roar event and Dollar Dog Day.