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Hawks split doubleheader with Badgers
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. (September 18, 2011) - Coming off a decisive sweep of Queens on Saturday, Laurier travelled to Brock for a double header on Sunday afternoon.  The two teams battled hard all afternoon and when all was said and done, each team came away with a victory.  Laurier took game one 3-2 in 8 innings and Brock rebounded to win game two 8-3.  Ferguson Jenkins, the only Canadian born player in the Baseball Hall of Fame, was on hand to throw out the first pitch, a big thrill for both teams.

Game One Laurier 3 Brock 2 (8 innings)
The first game of the double header saw a classic pitchers duel between Lauriers Brett van Pelt and Brocks Kurtis Robinson.  Both pitchers matched each other pitch for pitch all afternoon in a very entertaining game.  Brock got on the board in the second inning and held the lead until the fifth inning.  LF Jonathan Brouse led off the fifth inning with a bunt single.  CF Darnell Duckett then lined a single right off the leg of Robinson to put 2 on with no one out.  With one out, DH Nathan Loehle hit a ground ball that was knocked down by the Brock SS, but just squirted away from him long enough for Brouse, who was running hard on the play, to score from second base.  Duckett got to third base on the throw home and scored on a Tim Schell ground out to give the Golden Hawks a 2-1 lead.  The Badgers tied the game in the sixth inning and neither team could cash their base runners in the seventh inning to force extra innings.  Duckett lead off the eighth with a single and stole second base.  With one out, Loehle drove a ball to right field that scored Duckett with the go ahead run.  Laurier turned to freshman reliever McKenzie Maxwell to work the eighth inning and with 2 on and 2 out, Brouse made a diving catch right on the left field line to secure the win for the Golden Hawks.  Van Pelt (3-0) picked up the win as he worked a solid 7 innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits with 4 walks and 2 strikeouts.  Maxwells save was his second of the conference season.  The Golden Hawks outhit Brock 8-6 with Duckett (2 for 4 with 2 runs and an SB), Loehle (2 for 4 with an RBI) and Trevor Nyp (2 for 4) leading the way.  Brouse and Ryan Panas also chipped in with hits.

Game Two Brock 8 Laurier 3
The second game of the double header was a grind for both teams as it marked the fourth game of the weekend. At the end of three innings, Brock was up 4-3 in a back and forth affair.  The Golden Hawks made many chances to break the game open in the first three innings, but could not put Brock away.  Brock rallied for 4 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the game away.  Jack Malone (0-1) took the loss for Laurier as he went 5 innings giving up 7 runs (6 earned) on 7 hits with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts.  Chris Wachon and Andrew Ziedins also worked in the ball game for Laurier.  5 errors were too much for Laurier to overcome on this afternoon.  Duckett, Loehle, Brouse and Chad Keohane had hits for Laurier.

Brock has historically been a tough place for us to win, noted Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE following the games. We hustled and played our hard-nosed style of game in the first game and that helped us to victory.  We made too many costly mistakes in game two and Brock is too good a team to make that many mistakes against and expect to win.  Overall, another 3-1 weekend is something for us to continue to build off of and Im proud of our guys.

Notes: The game with Guelph that was rained out last week has been re-scheduled to Thurs. Sept. 22nd at 7pm at Hastings StadiumBrett van Pelt leads the OUA with a record of 3-0.  Laurier currently sits in second place in the OUA with a conference record of 7-2 (15-3 overall)Lauriers next home action will be Sat. Sept. 24th when they play in Brantford vs. Guelph as part of Laurier Brantfords Homecoming festivities.

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