WATERLOO – The Wilfrid Laurier men’s baseball team capped off a very busy
weekend of OUA action against the visiting McMaster Marauders on Sunday
afternoon at Bechtel
Park. McMaster played a solid game and handed
Laurier a 7-2 defeat.
Jack Malone (Toronto, Ont.) took the hill for Laurier and looked to build on his two quality starts to begin the season. Malone pitched well, but did not get much support behind him on this afternoon. McMaster scored an unearned run in the first inning and two more (one earned) in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead. Third baseman Ryan Panas (Toronto, Ont.) drove in Scott Mahn (Kitchener, Ont.) in the second inning to reduce the deficit to two runs. Both Malone and McMaster starter Chris Piccini worked quickly and effectively as there was no more scoring until the seventh inning. Laurier fell apart defensively and McMaster capitalized scoring three runs to take a commanding six run lead. Laurier put together a rally in the eighth inning, but could only muster one more run on a Curtis Young (Waterloo, Ont.) sac fly. The Marauders tacked on another run off Laurier reliever Josh Wood (Whitby, Ont.) in the ninth inning to make the final score 7-2. Malone (2-1) took the loss going six 2/3 innings giving up six runs (1 earned) on seven hits, with seven strikeouts and zero walks. Piccini picked up the win for McMaster and also picked up two hits and scored two runs. The Maurauders outhit Laurier eight to five and Laurier committed five errors in the ball game. Mahn led the offensive with two hits and two runs scored. Chris Pittaway (Paris, Ont) , Panas and Brian MacDonald (Markham, Ont.) added the other hits for the Hawks.
“We didn’t come out today and play like we needed to. “ commented Laurier Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE after the game. “We’re in the thick of the play-off race and can’t afford to drop too many games from here on out. We have a lot of talent in our clubhouse and we need to play together as a team to make our run at the playoffs. The mistakes that we made really hurt us this afternoon and to be successful we need to minimize the mistakes we make”.
The loss drops the Hawks to 4-6 and in the middle of a log jam with five of the seven OUA teams neck and neck for third and fourth place in the OUA. Laurier has eight games remaining with five at home and three on the road. The Hawks return to action on Saturday afternoon as they play host to the University of Toronto Varsity Blues for a double header at Bechtel Park in Waterloo starting at 1:00 p.m. Come out and cheer on the Hawks as they continue their push for the post season.