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Panas helps Hawks earn split with Warriors
Laurier: 11 Waterloo: 1
WATERLOO, Ont. (September 30, 2011) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's baseball team split a double header against cross town rivals, the University of Waterloo Warriors on Friday night in OUA Baseball action. Laurier rode the left arm of Brett van Pelt and a 3 run HR from Ryan Panas to an 11-1 victory in game one and Waterloo responded with a 1-0 victory in the night cap.  The split puts the Golden Hawks at 9-7 through 16 games and host Western at Bechtel Park on Sunday in a key double header starting at 1pm.

Game One - Laurier 11 Waterloo 1
The Golden Hawks got off to a fast start in this one as with one out in the top of the first inning, 1B Tino Silvestri singled and CF Darnell Duckett reached on a Waterloo error to set the stage for 3B Ryan Panas.  Panas crushed a pitch to right centre field that left the park on a line, to put the Golden Hawks up 3-0.  Brett van Pelt got the start for Laurier and Waterloo chipped into the Laurier lead with an unearned run in the first inning.  The Golden Hawks added to their lead in the second inning when Duckett drove in LF Jonathan Brouse who had singled and stole second to lead off the inning.  DH Steve Dunlop singled home Duckett to stretch the Golden Hawk lead to 5-1.  A Daniel Murphy sacrifice fly scored 2B Trevor Nyp in the third inning and Panas scored on a Waterloo error in the fourth inning to make it 7-1 Golden Hawks.  Laurier put the game away with 4 more runs in the top of the fifth inning and when Waterloo didnt score in the bottom of the fifth inning, the mercy rule was invoked.  Van Pelt (4-0) was dominant on this night as he shut down the Waterloo offense and worked a complete game for the victory.  With the win, van Pelt moves into a tie for the league lead in wins with 4.  Van Pelt gave up 1 unearned run on 2 hits with 4 walks and 8 strikeouts.  Laurier pounded out 12 hits in game one, led by Panas with 3 hits and RBI.  Silvestri and Dunlop each added 2 hits and Duckett, Nathan Loehle, Nyp, Adam Chong and Brouse each added hits.

Game Two - Waterloo 1 Laurier 0
Game two of the double header was a different story for Laurier as they ran into Waterloos ace, Adam Lentz.  Lentz was brilliant on the night and used a combination of fastballs, curveballs and change-ups to baffle the Laurier hitters.  Jordan Petruska matched Lentz pitch for pitch for the entire evening and threw his best game of his young Laurier career.  The only blip on the night for Petruska occurred in the third inning when Waterloo made the most of a lead-off single, a bunt and a sacrifice fly to score the only run of the ball game.  Petruska worked a complete game giving up 1 run on 4 hits with 1 walk and 7 strikeouts.  The loss evens Petruskas record at 2-2 on the season.  Laurier mounded a rally in the top of the ninth inning when RF James Bruce and SS McKenzie Maxwell worked Lentz for 1 out walks.  Lentz was able to bare down and strikeout the final 2 hitters of the game to seal the shut out victory.  Laurier could only muster 2 hits on the night as Panas and Maxwell each doubled but were stranded.

"It was a tale of two games tonight," commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE following the double header. "We played great in game one and Waterloo made some mistakes which we were able to capitalize on.  In game two their starter Lentz was the story.  I had Lentz on my summer team, so we knew what his game plan was going to be, but he executed it to perfection and we werent able to make the adjustments.  Both our pitchers (van Pelt and Petruska) were fantastic tonight and Jordan deserved a better fate.  I feel really good about the way we pitched and played defence tonight and the 11 runs in game one were also great to see."

Notes: Laurier is in a battle for the fourth playoff spot with Waterloo, Guelph and Brock...For complete standings, check out Pointstreak...This game was played on a Friday night to allow Waterloo to hold their Alumni Day on Saturday...Ryan Panas currently sits fourth in the OUA in hitting with a .423 average and is tied for the league lead in stolen bases with 8...Darnell Duckett is currently in seventh in batting average at .380...van Pelt is tied for the league lead in wins with 4 and is fourth in the OUA in ERA with a 0.95 mark...Jonathan Brouse is second in the OUA in batting average for rookies with a .333 average and leads all OUA rookies with 13 runs scored...Jordan Petruska leads all OUA rookies in a number of pitching categories including innings pitched (21 2/3) and strikeouts with 19.

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