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Golden Hawks sweep Gaels
Laurier: 12 Queen's: 2
WATERLOO, Ont. (September 17, 2011) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks Mens Baseball team swept a double header from Queens University on Saturday on Alunmi Day at Bechtel Park.  Laurier was victorious in game one 12-2 and completed the sweep with a 15-6 win in game two.  The two games were preceded by the Annual Alumni game where a number of Alumni came back to Waterloo to share stories and give back to the program.

Game One Laurier 12 Queens 2
Two big innings were the story of the game for Laurier in this one as a 5 run second inning and 4 run fifth inning were more than enough runs for starter Jordan Petruska on this afternoon.  Petruska (2-0) worked a complete game 5 innings giving up 2 unearned runs on 2 hits with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts to continue his strong start to the season.  After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning, the Golden Hawks responded with 2 runs in the bottom of the first to take a lead that they would not squander.  CF Darnell Duckett doubled home lead-off hitter Tino Silvestri and Duckett later scored on a Queens error.  SS Tim Schell capped a 5 run second inning when he doubled home 2 runs to put the Golden Hawks up 7-1 through 2 innings.  Queens pushed across an unearned run in the fourth inning to cut the lead to 7-2, but the Golden Hawks put the game away in the bottom of the fifth with 4 runs and the mercy rule was envoked.  RF James Bruce put the final nail in the Golden Gaels coffin with a 2 run single to end the game.  Laurier had 10 hits on the afternoon and leading the way offensively were: 3B Ryan Panas (3 for 4 with 2 runs and an RBI) and LF Jonathan Brouse (2 for 2 with 2 runs and an RBI).  Silvestri, Duckett, Schell, Bruce and 2B Trevor Nyp also chipped in with a hit each.

Game Two Laurier 15 Queens 6
This game was a lot closer than the score would indicate, as Queens battled hard and stayed in the ball game until Laurier was finally able to get to the Queens bullpen for 10 runs over the final 2 innings.  Ian Filion (2-0) got the start for the Golden Hawks and cruised through the first 3 innings after he was staked to a 6-0 lead.  Queens got to Filion in the fourth inning and pushed across 3 runs to chase Filion from the game after 4 innings.  Brett Barwick made his first appearance of the season and worked 1 1/3 innings surrendering 3 runs before Wes van Luven came on in the sixth inning with 2 men on and 1 out.  Van Luven struck out consecutive hitters to end the rally and worked a perfect seventh inning to pick up the save, recording 4 strikeouts in the process.  Filion went 4 innings giving up 3 runs on 5 hits with 1 walk and 1 strikeout.  With the score 6-4 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Laurier scored 4 runs to extend the lead to 10-4.   After Queens made it 10-6, Laurier sealed the victory with 5 runs in the sixth inning, highlighted by a 3 run double from RF Alex Kupchak.  Laurier pounded out 15 hits and capitalized on 4 Queens errors in the second game of the double header.  LF Jonathan Brouse was the offensive star for the Golden Hawks as he had 3 hits and 3 RBI.  Silvestri, Panas, McKenzie Maxwell and Nathan Loehle added 2 hits apiece.  Daniel Murphy, Kupchak and Nyp also added hits with Kupchak finishing the day with 4 RBI.  

Im pleased with the way we played today, commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE. We put up a lot of runs today and took advantage of every mistake that they made.  I was proud of the hustle that we showed as there were multiple times where our hustle forced them into mistakes and that style of play will define this team.  Our starting pitching was great again and I cant say enough about the job that Wes van Luven did to close out that second game when Queens was making a charge.

Notes: These games with Queens marked the first time that these 2 teams have played in the history of the Laurier Golden Hawks Baseball as Queens was forced to forfeit their games with Laurier last yearBob Elliott scored the winning run for his team in the Alumni Game held prior to the double header with QueensLaurier travels to Brock on Sunday for a DH with Brock starting at 2pmBrett van Pelt and Jack Malone will get the starts for the Golden HawksBaseball Hall of Famer, Ferguson Jenkins, will throw out the first pitch at BrockRyan Panas currently leads the OUA in hits.

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