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Hawks earn two big wins over Marauders
Laurier: 12 McMaster: 4
WATERLOO, Ont. (October 7, 2011) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's baseball team got two much needed victories on Friday afternoon in OUA Baseball action.  Laurier hosted McMaster and came away with 12-4 and 7-3 wins to improve their record to 11-9 in conference play (19-10 overall).  

Game One - Laurier 12 McMaster 4
Laurier veteran starter Jack Malone faced off against McMaster veteran starter Carlos Cabrero in game one of the double header.  The game was scoreless through two innings before McMaster got to Malone for 3 runs in the top of the third inning.  Laurier responded in the fourth inning when 3B Ryan Panas doubled to lead off the inning.  SS McKenzie Maxwell drove him home to get the Golden Hawks on the board.  2B Trevor Nyp eventually singled home Maxwell and RF Alex Kupchak to tie the game at 3.  McMaster took the lead in the top of the fifth when a double steal was executed that allowed them to steal a run.  In the bottom of the fifth inning, a Nathan Loehle ground out scored CF Darnell Duckett and then Maxwell scored on a wild pitch to give the Golden Hawks a lead they would not relinquish.  Malone shut the door in the top of the sixth and the Golden Hawks put the game away with a 7 run sixth inning.  Pinch hitter Steve Dunlop ripped a double to get the inning going and Kupchak capped the 5 hit inning with a 3 run triple.  Malone (1-2) picked up the win working 6 inning giving up 4 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits with 1 walk and 7 strikeouts.  Laurier pounded out 13 hits as they found their offense which had been lacking in the past few games.  Duckett, Maxwell, Kupchak and Nyp each had 2 hits and Jonathan Brouse, Panas, Loehle, Bobby Lambert and Dunlop each collected one hit.

Game Two - Laurier 7 McMaster 3
As was the case in game one, McMaster jumped out to an early lead, with a single run in the second inning off Laurier starter Ian Filion.  The Golden Hawks responded with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the second inning as C Adam Chong hit a sacrifice fly to plate McKenzie Maxwell for the first run.  DH Nathan Loehle doubled and scored on a McMaster error and Trevor Nyp scored when he stole third and advanced home on a McMaster throwing error.  McMaster chipped into the lead with a run in the top of the third inning, only to see the Golden Hawks capitalize on another McMaster error to take a 4-2 lead.  McMaster once again scored a single run in the top of the fourth inning, but once again, Laurier was quick to respond with a Darnell Duckett sacrifice fly and Ryan Panas RBI single to push the lead to 6-3.  Filion settled in and worked 5 strong innings to pick up his second win of the season.  Trent Barwick came on in relief with one out and one on in the sixth inning and shut the door without allowing a run.  Maxwells sacrifice fly scored Jonathan Brouse in the bottom of the sixth inning for an insurance run.  Maxwell came on from shortstop and worked a perfect seventh inning to finish the game.  Filion (2-0) worked 5 1/3 innings giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts.  Laurier recorded 10 hits and stole 8 bases on the afternoon.  Leading the way offensively were DH Nathan Loehle (2 for 3 with a run scored and RBI), LF Jonathan Brouse (2 for 4 with an RBI and 2 SB) and Ryan Panas (2 for 4 with an RBI and SB).

"These were two huge wins for us today," commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE. "We needed to get back in the win column and we played hard today.  These wins didnt come easy and I was pleased to see how we stayed with it for all seven innings in both games and played two complete ball games.  We still have some areas to improve before the playoff tournament next weekend, but I like what I saw from our group today."

The Golden Hawks sit at 11-9 in the middle of the OUA standings and will finish up the regular season with a game at Queens on Saturday at 1pm.

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