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Hawks drop two on the road to Toronto
Laurier: 1 Toronto: 2
TORONTO (September 25, 2011) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's baseball team travelled to Toronto on Sunday and came away on the short end of two very close ball games.  Toronto scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win game one 2-1 and Toronto rode the pitching of Marek Deska to win game two 4-1.  The two losses leave the Golden Hawks 0-4 on the weekend and drops the Golden Hawks to 8-6 in conference play.

Game One - Toronto 2 Laurier 1
The opener of the double header was a pitchers duel between two OUA veterans.  Jack Malone for Laurier and Tyler Wilson for Toronto were both very effective keeping the hitters off balance all afternoon.  The Golden Hawks got on the board first when LF Jonathan Brouse hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning to score SS Tim Schell who was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning.  Toronto scored an unearned run in the fifth inning to tie the game and with 2 on and 2 out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Brett Page hit a Malone fastball into right centre field for a walk off single to end the game.  Malone worked a complete game giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts.  Laurier recorded 7 hits as Brouse led the way with 2 hits and and RBI.  DH Nathan Loehle, RF Daniel Murphy, CF Darnell Duckett, 1B Tino Silvestri and 2B Trevor Nyp also added hits.

Game Two - Toronto 4 Laurier 1
Laurier ran into Marek Deska, one of the top pitchers in the OUA, in game two of the double header.  Freshman Chris Wachon made the start for Laurier and worked a very solid 4 1/3 innings to match the veteran Deska.  Toronto scored in the first inning but Wachon was able to strand the bases loaded to minimize the damage.  Laurier responded in the third inning to tie the game when Silvestri drove in Brouse, who had doubled with 1 out to start the rally.  The game was tied at one until the bottom of the fifth inning when, with one out, Wachon issued back-to-back walks and was removed from the game.  Trent Barwick came on in relief and with the bases loaded, a Toronto single scored 2 runs to give the Varsity Blues the lead.  A Laurier error allowed Toronto to tack on an extra run to take a 4-1 lead.  They would not relinquish the lead, as Deska worked a complete game, recording 15 strikeouts in the process.  Wachon takes the loss for Laurier going 4 2/3 innings giving up 3 runs on 4 hits with 5 walks and 1 strikeout.  Laurier couldnt muster much offensively in this game as Silvestri, Brouse, 3B Ryan Panas and Duckett recorded hits for Laurier.

"Our bats went silent today," commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE following the games. "We faced some experienced pitching today and couldnt rise to the challenge.  We left some runners on base in game one and they got the big hit in the seventh when they needed it.  Deska was tough in game two, but Im really happy with the way that our freshman Chris Wachon pitched.  He competed hard and kept us in the ball game.  Malone was great for us in game one, so we take those positives out of today.  We know that we need to work on our approach at the plate and well work hard at practice this week to improve in that area and be ready for next weekend."

NOTES:  The University of Toronto held a ceremony on Sunday to name their field on the Scarborough campus after long time Head Coach, Dan Lang...Laurier is now 8-6 on the season and battling for a playoff spot...The Hawks return to action on Friday night at 6pm at Jack Couch Park in Kitchener against cross town rivals, Waterloo (9-5).

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