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Hawks split doubleheader with Brock
Laurier: 0 Brock: 1

WATERLOO, Ont. (September 30, 2012) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's baseball team split a double header with the first place Brock Badgers on Saturday afternoon.  Brock won the first game 1-0 and Laurier rebounded with a 2-1 win the second game.  Both games were well played by both teams and the Golden Hawks proved that they can compete with any team in the league.

In game one, Brock got a run in the second inning off Laurier starter, Brett van Pelt, and they rode the arm of Justin Ayles to the 1-0 win.  Lauriers best chance to score came in the bottom of the seventh inning when, with 2 outs, 3B Ryan Panas missed a home run by 5 feet and settled for a double.  After a walk to SS Colin McKeen, LF Daniel Murphy hit a scorcher at the Brock first baseman and he made a nice play to block the ball and end the game.  van Pelt was excellent for the Golden Hawks in a losing effort as he threw a complete game giving up 1 run on four hits with three strikeouts and zero walks.  Lauriers two hits came from Panas and McKeen.

Game two was another pitchers duel and this time Lauriers Jordan Petruska came out on top working a complete game in the 2-1 win.  The Golden Hawks jumped out with a run in the first and another in the second to take a 2-0 lead.  Laurier stranded a number of base runners throughout the game and could not get the big hit to break the game open. Brock got a run in the sixth and staged a rally in the seventh that was snuffed out by a game ending double play turned by the Laurier middle infield.  Lauriers six hits came from three players as LF Daniel Murphy, 2B Trevor Nyp and 1B Adam Shaver each had a pair.  Petruska gave up six hits with two walks and one strikeout in a tremendous effort on the mound.

"This was a great afternoon of baseball by two very good teams," commented Laurier Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE.  "van Pelt and Petruska threw two great games against a strong hitting club.  Our success has always been driven by our pitching and if we get pitching performances like these two guys gave us today, well be in good shape down the stretch.  It was nice to add Trevor Nyp back to the line-up today as he has missed two weeks with a shoulder injury."

The Golden Hawks are now 6-10 in conference play with 5 games remaining.  Laurier travels to Queen's for a double header on Sunday and is currently one game out of the fourth and final playoff spot.
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