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Baseball splits games against Gryphons
Laurier: 3 Guelph: 2

GUELPH, Ont. (October 5, 2012) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's baseball team split a double header in OUA action on Friday afternoon at the University of Guelph.  

Laurier was victorious in game one with a 3-2 win in extra innings before Guelph responded with a 3-2 victory of their own in game two.  The split puts Laurier at 8-12 in conference play and needing a win on Saturday at Waterloo and a Toronto loss to Queen's to secure a play-off spot.

Jordan Petruska capped off a terrific regular season as he threw a complete game victory in game one for the Golden Hawks.  He went eight innings giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits with two walks (one intentional) and four strikeouts.  Guelph is one of the top offensive teams in the OUA and Petruska kept them off balance all afternoon to earn the victory.  Offensively, Laurier took advantage of a Guelph error in the eighth inning to take the lead.  DH Riley Robinson led the attack going 2-for-4 with a run scored.  CF Jon Brouse tripled and scored a run, 3B Ryan Panas doubled and scored a run with an RBI and LF Daniel Murphy added an RBI single.

Game two was a similar script to game one, however Guelph came out on top in this one, beating Laurier's starter Brett van Pelt.  Van Pelt threw the ball well and deserved a better fate, as he is the hard luck loser going six innings giving up three runs on six hits with zero walks and three strikeouts.  Laurier had some chances to score, but couldn't get the big hit late in the game.   LF Daniel Murphy capped off a solid day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a stolen base. 2B Trevor Nyp went 2-for-3.  CF Jon Brouse went 1-for-3 with a run scored and RBI and RF Alex Kupchak went 1-for-2 with a run scored.  Other hits by: 3B Ryan Panas and SS Colin McKeen.  Other RBI by: Panas.

"These were two very close games and Guelph has a very solid team this year," commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE.  "Both Petruska and van Pelt threw great for us again today, just as they did last weekend against Brock.  Guelph is a playoff team and we knew this wasn't going to be an easy day.  We needed a big hit in the second game and just came up short."

Laurier now faces their cross-town rivals, the Waterloo Warriors, on Saturday at Jack Couch Park in Kitchener. Laurier needs to win and hope that Queen's can defeat Toronto to give them a chance at a playoff spot.
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