By: Mac Williams
The University of Findlay men’s baseball team has now lost nine games in a row after dropping four games to Walsh University over the holiday weekend. Not only did the Oilers loose the first two games, they got shut out in both at home.
Over the first two games of the weekend the Oilers had just seven hits combined in the two games and were bested by superior Walsh pitching. The Oilers dropped the first game 3-0 and the second 1-0 after Walsh broke a scoreless tie in the eighth inning when Andrew Stalnaker hit a home run over the left field wall.
The second two game series was held in Canton, OH on April 15. The Oilers bats came to life a little in the second two games, but it was not enough as they fell 5-2 and 5-4 respectively. In the first game Walsh jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead and never looked back. Colin Gossard took the loss on the mound for the Oilers as he fell to (1-4) on the year.
During the second game Findlay struck first in the second inning when Peter Yorgen scored on a base hit by teammate Cameron Johnson. Findlay then added to the lead in the fifth inning when they added two more runs to stretch the lead to 3-0. The Oilers would then score again in the eigth inning as the lead was 4-1.
What happened next could only be described as a rally. Walsh used three hits and two errors by Findlay to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth to extend the game to extra innings. In the tenth inning, Walsh scored the winning run with a two out base hit that sent the base runner sliding around the tag at home plate to end the game.
Senior closer AJ Cecil took the loss for the Oilers as the team has now fallen to 17-16 on the year and 7-13 in GLIAC play. The team is back in action April 22-23 for a four game series as they take on Ohio Dominican.