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Gryphons spoil Homecoming in Brantford
Laurier: 5 Guelph (Brantford Homecoming): 8
BRANTFORD, Ont. (September 24, 2011) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks played host to the Guelph Gryphons in OUA action on Saturday at Arnold Anderson Stadium in Brantford, as part of the Laurier Brantford Homecoming festivities.  The atmosphere in Brantford was electric as the Brantford campus were tremendous hosts.  The crowd was boisterous and extremely support of the Golden Hawks.  Unfortunately for Laurier, Guelph spoiled the party by taking both games of the double header by scores of 8-5 and 2-1.  The two losses move the Golden Hawks to 8-4 on the season.

Game One - Guelph 8 Laurier 5
Guelph got to Laurier starter Jordan Petruska for one run in the second inning and four in the third inning to take an early 5-0 lead.  The Golden Hawks responded with a rally in the third inning and the inning was looking very promising when CF Darnell Duckett hit a ball into the right centre field gap with the bases loaded.  C  Adam Chong and SS Tim Schell scored and with LF Jonathan Brouse held at third base, Duckett was running hard out of the gates and ended up at third base at the same time as Brouse.  Guelph was able to tag out both base runners to end what was shaping up to be a very promising inning for Laurier with a 5-2 lead.  Laurier loaded the bases with no one out in the bottom of the fourth inning when RF James Bruce was hit by a pitch to score 3B Ryan Panas to cut the lead to 5-3.  With the bases still loaded and no one out, Laurier was unable to cash any of the remaining runners and squandered a golden opportunity to get back into the ball game.  Guelph tacked on 3 more runs in the sixth inning to take an 8-3 lead.  Laurier responded with 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh, but could get no further in an 8-5 loss.  Petruska took the loss for the Golden Hawks as he worked 5 1/3 innings giving up 7 runs (6 earned) on 8 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts.  Andrew Ziendins closed out the final 1 2/3 innings for Laurier.  Offensively, Duckett led the way going 2 for 3 with 3 RBI.  Brouse, Panas, Nathan Loehle, Tino Silvestri, Trevor Nyp and Jack Malone also added hits for Laurier.

Game Two - Guelph 2 Laurier 1
Laurier took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning courtesy a two out rally sparked by 1B Tino Silvestri.  Silvestri singled with two out and stole second base before CF Darnell Duckett drove him home to put the Golden Hawks up 1-0.  Guelph responded with a single run in their half of the fourth inning to tie the game at one.  Both starting pitchers were effective on the afternoon keeping the respective offenses at bay.  Laurier starter Ian Filion had his best start of the season as he worked 5 innings giving up 1 run on 4 hits with 1 walk and 1 strikeout and left with the game tied at 1.  Veteran pitcher David Canavan worked a perfect sixth inning however a solo HR by Guelphs Josh Kennedy in the top of the seventh inning was the difference in the ball game.  Laurier could not capitalize on their 7 hits and fell 2-1.  Silvestri, Duckett and 3B McKenzie Maxwell each had 2 hits with Daniel Murphy adding the other hit for Laurier.

"We'd like to thank the students and staff of the Laurier Brantford campus for hosting such a great event on Saturday," said Laurier Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE. "The crowd was great and made for a fantastic atmosphere. We're just disappointed that we couldnt bring home a win for the home crowd.  It was one of those days where we couldnt catch a break and well have to bounce back and play better tomorrow to salvage something from the weekend."

NOTES:  Walter Gretzky, father of Wayne Gretzky, threw out the ceremonial first pitch in Brantford...Laurier President Max Blouw addressed the crowd prior to the game...On Sunday in Toronto, The University of Toronto Varsity Blues will be naming their field after long time head coach and OUA Baseball legendary coach, Dan Lang.

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