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Laurier: 4 Waterloo: 3

WATERLOO, Ont. (September 7, 2011) - After completing an extremely successful pre-season schedule, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks Men's Baseball team opened up OUA conference play with a hard fought 4-3 win in 10 innings over cross town rivals, the Waterloo Warriors.  

SS Tim Schell drove in CF Darnell Duckett with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning with 2 outs to secure the 4-3 victory for the Golden Hawks.

Brett van Pelt (1-0) picked up the win in relief for the Golden Hawks as he worked a perfect 9th and 10th innings, recording 4 strikeouts.  Veteran pitcher Jack Malone got the start for the Laurier and was terrific through 7 innings, using a variety of pitches to keep the Waterloo hitters off balance.

Staked to a 3-1 lead in the 8th inning, Waterloo rallied to score 2 runs to tie things up and knock Malone out of the game.  Fifth year pitcher David Canavan came in to record the final 2 outs of the 8th innings before giving way to van Pelt in the 9th.  Malone worked 7 1/3 innings giving up 3 runs on 6 hits with 4 walks and 5 strikeouts.

Laurier opened the scoring in the first inning when DH Nathan Loehle lead off the game by being hit by a pitch.  1B Tino Silvestri and Duckett followed with back to back singles to load the bases for 3B Ryan Panas.  Panas continued his hot hitting by ripping a 2 run single to right field.  The teams exchanged runs in the 2nd inning when Loehle doubled to drive home LF Jonathan Brouse who had singled with one out to start the rally.  The teams battled back and forth all night long until Waterloo tied up the game in the top of the 8th inning.  

The Golden Hawks had plenty of chances to score as they left the bases loaded on 3 separate occasions and stranded  16 base runners through the first 9 innings.  With 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, SS Tim Schell played the hero lacing a single into left field to score Duckett with the winning run.  

Leading the way offensively for the Golden Hawks were Panas (2 for 3 with 2 RBI and 3 walks), Loehle (2 for 4 with an RBI and 2 doubles) and Duckett (2 for 6 with 2 runs scored).  In total, Laurier pounded out 12 hits with other hits by Silvestri, Schell, RF James Bruce, 2B Trevor Nyp, PH Alex Kupchak and Brouse.

"This was a huge win for us and a great way for us to open up the conference schedule," said Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE following the game.  "There is a lot of familiarity between the two teams as a lot of guys have played together on summer teams.  We had a lot of chances to put the game away and Im happy for Tim Schell who got the big hit for us.  He missed most of last season with a hand injury and hes a very important player for us, so for him to get the game winning hit was huge for us."

The Golden Hawks will be back in action this weekend with four more conference games as they host the OUA Kick-Off Tournament at the Larry Pearson Fields in Guelph.  Laurier will play McMaster and Brock on Saturday before taking on Western and Toronto on Sunday.  The next home action for the Golden Hawks will take place on Saturday September 17th when Queens comes to town as part of the Laurier Baseball Alumni Day.  The Alumni game will take place in the morning with the first game vs. Queens starting at 4pm.  There will be a licensed area for spectators for the games, so we encourage everyone to come out and cheer on the Golden Hawks.

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