GUELPH – The Wilfrid Laurier men’s baseball team began a busy weekend by traveling to Guelph
on Friday evening to take on the Guelph Gryphons in OUA baseball action. Laurier came out flat and ended up on the
wrong end of a 6-1 score.
Guelph got to Laurier starter David Canavan (Whitby, Ont.) for one run in the first. The Hawks answered with an unearned run of their own in the top of the second to even the score at 1-1. Guelph came out swinging in the second inning and tacked on three more runs to take an early 4-1 lead. Canavan (0-1) didn’t last out of the third inning as he worked two plus innings giving up four runs (all earned) on five hits with four walks. Freshman Stephen Zagrodny (Mississauga, Ont.) worked four very solid innings in relief of Canavan giving up twp runs, both unearned on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts. WESLEY VAN LUVEN (Orillia, Ont.) made his first appearance for the Hawks and worked a perfect two innings of relief registering four strikeouts. Laurier’s offense was held in check by Guelph freshman starter Colin Calvert, as he worked 8 innings for the win. Laurier only managed five hits on the evening, with 1B Curtis Young (Waterloo, Ont.) picking up three of the five hits. James Bruce (Waterloo, Ont.) and Mike Ruetz (Waterloo, Ont.) also registered singles.
"Guelph played a really solid ball game tonight." commented Laurier Head Coach Scott Ballantyne. "We came out flat and it’s not like we handed them the victory. They hit the ball hard, played solid defense and their starter did a great job keeping us off balance. We have to do a better job of changing our approach at the plate once our hitters see a pitcher for a 3rd and 4th at-bat. We simply didn’t make the necessary adjustments tonight and it cost us".
The loss drops the Hawks to 3-4 on the season.
Laurier continues a busy weekend with a double header at Labatt Park in London against the three time defending OUA Champion Western Mustangs on Saturday and return home for a date with the McMaster Marauders on Sunday at Bechtel Park.