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Mustangs sweep Hawks in OUA doubleheader
Laurier: 5 Western: 8

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WATERLOO, Ont. (October 6, 2011) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's baseball team came up on the short end of two very close games played on Wednesday night at Bechtel Park in OUA Baseball action.  Laurier hosted Western in a make-up date after Sundays double-header was washed away.  Western came from behind to win game one 8-5 in extra innings and the Mustangs took game two by a score of 3-1.  The two losses leave the Golden Hawks with a conference record of 9-9 (17-10 overall) and in a battle for their playoff lives.

Game One - Western 8 Laurier 5 (8 innings)
Laurier jumped on the board early in this one as with one out, 1B Tino Silvestri singled and stole second.  A passed ball moved him to third and CF Darnell Duckett drove him home with an RBI groundout.  Western responded with a run in the top of the second when they scored on a passed ball to tie the game.  A Daniel Murphy groundout scored SS McKenzie Maxwell in the second to put the Golden Hawks back on top 2-1.  The Golden Hawks extended the lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the third inning when Duckett doubled home Silvestri and then a Maxwell RBI single scored Duckett.  Brett van Pelt was on the hill for Laurier and he battled through 6 tough innings and eventually left with a 4-2 lead, as Western scored an unearned run in the top of the sixth inning.  Wes van Luven was unable to hold the lead for Laurier as Western tied the game in the top of the seventh inning courtesy a single, triple and sacrifice fly.  Laurier had a chance to end the game in the seventh inning but couldnt push across a run.  Western then exploded for four runs off the Laurier bullpen in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach.  Van Pelt worked 6 innings giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits with 6 walks and 9 strikeouts.  Van Luven was tagged with the loss in relief.  Laurier managed 8 hits on the night with Duckett leading the way going 2 for 4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.  LF Jonathan Brouse also had 2 hits and Silvestri, Maxwell, Jack Malone and Trevor Nyp each added singles.

Game Two - Western 3 Laurier 1
Jordan Petruska took the ball in game two for Laurier and he was very tough again, continuing to impress in his rookie season with the Golden Hawks.  He worked a complete game giving up 3 runs on 7 hits with 5 walks and 9 strikeouts.  Petruska (2-3) has been a hard luck loser on a number of occasions this year as his team has struggled to score runs when he takes the hill.  Western got a lone run in the first inning and 2 more in the fourth inning to open up a 3-0 lead on the Golden Hawks.  Lauriers lone run came in the fifth inning when 2B Tim Schell ripped a double to left and eventually scored on a Brouse sacrifice fly.  Laurier recorded 5 hits in this game with Malone leading the way with 2 hits and Duckett, Ryan Panas and Schell registering the other 3 hits.

"These were two big games for us tonight and we unfortunately weren't able to come away with anything to show for them," commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE following the losses. "We played a solid game for six innings in game one, but just couldnt hold the lead.  Our bullpen has been great for us all season and this time we just didnt have it, thats baseball.  Western is a tough team and they didnt make many mistakes and it seemed like every time we made one, they capitalized on them."

Laurier now sits at 9-9 and in a dog fight for fourth place.  The Golden Hawks host McMaster in a DH on Friday at Bechtel Park at 2pm before concluding the regular season with a road trip to Kingston to take on Queen's on Saturday.  The OUA Championship tournament will take place the weekend of Oct. 14-16 at Bechtel Park in Waterloo.

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