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Mustangs take Game 1 in OUA Final
Laurier: 0 OUA Final Game 1 - Western: 6
LONDON, Ont.- The Golden Hawks traveled to the Labatt Centre in London to face the Western Mustangs, where they took a tough 6-0 loss in their first game of the OUA Championship final series.

Stephen Zagrodny was met with Jordan Townshend on the mound. Zagrodny performed well for the Hawks, but it was left handed Townshend that led the way in the Mustangs victory. The Player of the Game threw 15 strikeouts against Laurier and completed his sixth game win for the season.

Designated hitter Daniel Murphy (Toronto, Ont.) gave the Golden Hawks their first hit of the game, but Western quickly turned a double play to hold the team off.

In a scoreless game, Brian MacDonald (Markham, Ont.) made two robust errors on first base, but was luckily compensated for by an error by Mustang Ian Campbell in left field.

Still 0-0 in the fourth inning, Laurier initiated a promising series of at bats. MacDonald singled, and Pittaway walked, while both runners advanced on a wild pitch.

“We had a chance to score with two on base and no outs, and they shut us down,” explained head coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE.

Western managed to hold off the Hawks to get out of a tight spot, and went on to score their first run on account of a wild pitch thrown by Zagrodny.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Andrew Thomson scored another for the Mustangs to make it 2-0.

Matthew Hall (Oakville, Ont.) was then brought in to pitch for Laurier, but after loading the bases and committing an error he was replaced by Trent Barwick (Orangeville, Ont.).

Barwick was on fire throwing three strikeouts to get out of the inning. However, that wasn’t enough to shut down the Mustangs. Rookie Daniel Goldberg doubled and brought in three more runs for UWO.

The game ended in a 6-0 final in favour of Western.

The Hawks look to bounce back in game two of the series taking place tomorrow at 1:00 pm at Bechtel Park in Waterloo.

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