WATERLOO – The Wilfrid Laurier Men’s Baseball team hosted the first place
(and unbeaten) Brock Badgers on Tuesday night at Bechtel Park
for a double header. Each team came away
with a victory, as Laurier took game one 1-0, with Brock bouncing back to take
the second game 4-2.
one was a good old fashioned pitchers’ dual between Laurier’s Jack Malone and
Brock’s Jordan Prosper. Both pitchers
changed speeds and threw a lot of strikes to keep the hitters off-balance. The Hawks had chances to score in both the
first and third innings however in both instances Prosper was able to pick off
Laurier base runners to keep the Hawks off the scoreboard. With one out in the bottom of the fifth
inning, Jeff Brunsek drew a key walk for the Hawks. He advanced to second on an errant pick-off
attempt by Prosper. Freshman 2B Jesse
Milanovich executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Brunsek to third base with
two out for lead-off man SS Scott Mahn.
With the count sitting at 1-1, Prosper uncorked a wild pitch that allowed
Brunsek to score from third base with the only run of the ball game. Jack Malone (2-0) was absolutely outstanding
on the mound for the Hawks as he went the distance for his first career OUA
shutout. Malone allowed only one Brock
base hit over seven innings, with one walk and six strikeouts.
gave us the kind of start we needed in game one”, commented Laurier Head Coach
SCOTT BALLANTYNE. “He is the kind of
pitcher who isn’t afraid to throw any type of pitch in any count and that is
exactly what he did all night tonight.
We had plenty of chances to score and when we finally pushed one across
it was a nice relief to take the lead as we played well enough to win this
Hawks turned to freshman starter Josh Wood in game two as he made his second
start of the season. Brock touched up
Wood for three runs in the second inning to jump out to an early 3-0 lead. Brock only hit one ball hard in the inning,
but managed to scrap across the three runs.
Laurier responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the second as
CF Mike Ruetz drove in 3B Ryan Panas to cut the Badgers lead to 3-1. Brock got that run right back in the top of
the third inning when Wood balked in a run.
Wood settled in from there and held the Badgers off the scoresheet in the
fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Matt
Hall worked a scoreless seventh inning for the Hawks. Laurier had plenty of chances to score off
Brock starter Matt Martinow. Mahn drove
in pinch runner James Bruce in the sixth inning to make the score 4-2 and with
2 runners on base, Brock reliever Scott Price induced a ground ball from RF
Andrew Stevens to end the threat.
Laurier hit a lot of balls hard on this night and the Brock OF defence
was tremendous in tracking down the hard hit balls. Wood (0-1) took the loss for the Hawks giving
up four runs (2 earned) over six innings of work.
He struck out three and walked two.
Once again Laurier outhit the Badgers by a margin of 8 to 4 however 10
runners left on base was the story of this game for Laurier. Mahn and Milanovich led the offensive attack
with 2 hits apiece. LF Brian MacDonald,
Panas, DH Zach Joslin and Ruetz each added hits. MacDonald’s hit was a bombing double to the
fence in the fifth inning.
proud of the way we played today, in both games” said Ballantyne after the
second game was over. “These were two very
well played and in my opinion we outplayed Brock in both. We couldn’t catch a break in game two and
Brock played outstanding defense to beat us.
Earning a split against a team like this is something for our guys to be
proud of and something for us to build on heading into the weekend.”