North Canton, OH – On Saturday, April 15, the University of Findlay baseball team dropped both games of a double header at Walsh University. The Oilers have now fallen in nine straight and have a record of 17-16 with a 7-13 mark in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play while Walsh improves to 25-9 overall and 14-5 in league action.
Game 3 | L (5-2) (Box Score)
The Cavaliers took the lead in the third inning, scoring two runs on four hits to take a quick 2-0 advantage.
Findlay answered with a single run in the top of the fourth, their first run of the series. Freshman Casey Gould roped a double to left field and advanced to third after a fly out. He then crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly off the bat of senior Peter Yorgen to cut the Walsh lead to 2-1.
However, Walsh answered with a single run of their own in the bottom of the inning via a home run.
Gould came up again in the sixth and, with one out, hit the first home run of his career, a blast over the left field fence. But again, the Cavs answered with a home run of their own to maintain their lead and ultimately win the game.
Junior Colin Gossard took the loss on the hill and falls to 1-4 on the year. He pitched five innings and allowed three runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out two.
Gould had a good game at the plate, picking up two hits in three at-bats. He scored both of Findlay's runs and had an RBI.
Game 4 | L (5-4 in 10 innings) (Box Score)
Picking up the game in the second inning, Peter Yorgen led off and reached on an error and advanced when junior Pete Burkett also reached on an error. After a sacrifice bunt, a base knock from junior Cameron Johnson would give Findlay their first lead of the series at 1-0.
Findlay increased that lead in the fifth inning. Junior Troy Merriman reached on an error to begin the inning and after a bunt single from junior Josh Schwerer, Casey Gould singled to center to load the bases. Derrick Herd then grounded a ball to the short stop who flipped to second for one, but the relay was wide of first and allowed two runs to score, giving the Oilers a 3-0 lead.
Entering the eighth with a two run lead at 3-1, Peter Yorgen lead off with a single and advanced on a sacrifice bunt. He eventually scored on another error by the Cavaliers defense to give the Orange and Black a 4-1 lead with one and a half innings to play.
Walsh went quietly in the eighth but, in the ninth, the Cavs got just enough offense to extend the game. Three hits, paired with two Findlay errors, allowed the home team to score three runs and tie the game at 4-4.
In the 10th, Pete Burkett reached on an error, one of six in the game for Walsh. With two outs, Cameron Johnson walked and was followed by a single from Troy Merriman. Burkett rounded third and barreled for home and was called out on a close play at the plate, ending the inning.
Walsh then scored their winning run in similar fashion. With two outs, a base hit sent Joe Mcknight to the plate where he slid in safely around the tag to end the game.
Peter Yorgen finished the game 3-for-5 with two runs scored while Merriman and Schwerer each had a hit and a run.
Sophomore Tyler Kennedy earned the start on the bump and threw 4.2 innings and allowed just one unearned run on four hits. He walked four and struck out five. Senior closer AJ Cecil took the loss on the hill and falls to 5-2. He tossed 1.2 innings and allowed four runs, one earned, on five hits.
The Oilers look to get back on track as they head to Ohio Dominican on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23 for a four-game league series. Saturday's games will begin and 1:00 pm with Sunday's slated to begin at 12:00 pm.