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MBASE non-conference schedule set

WATERLOO, Ont. (August 7, 2013) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's baseball team has finalized its non-conference schedule for the 2013 fall season.

The Golden Hawks will open the non-conference season with a Laurier tradition, a double-header at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Mary's on Tuesday August 27th. The Golden Hawks will take on the powerhouse U18 Ontario Terriers in the first game and for the first time in the program's history, will play the Durham College Lords in the afternoon.  Durham College won the 2011 CIBA Championship and has a history of fielding a very strong team.

Laurier will then host conference rivals Guelph on Wednesday August 28th at Jack Couch Park in Kitchener, the home of the Kitchener Panthers. On Labour Day weekend, the Golden Hawks will travel south to the Windsor area for five games. St. Clair College will host Laurier for a single game on Friday August 30th and a double header on Saturday August 31st at Lacasse Park in Tecumseh. St. Clair College are the defending CIBA Champions and are always a tough team to play. On Sunday the Windsor Lancers will host Laurier for a double header in Amherstberg at their turf field. 

These eight non-conference games will prepare the Golden Hawks for their OUA conference opener at home on Wednesday Sept. 4th when they host the cross-town rivals from the University of Waterloo. The following day, the Golden Hawks will travel to Brantford to take part in the Brantford campus orientation week festivities with a non-conference game versus the Humber College Hawks. Laurier will also play host to the Team Ontario U18 team on Wednesday September 18th in a mid-season non-conference game.  Team Ontario has been a strong pipeline for the Golden Hawks in the past as current players Brett van Pelt, Ian Filion, Jonathan Brouse, Zachary Danilewitz, Dan Connerty and Riley Robinson are all graduates of the Team Ontario program. 

"We are excited at the non-conference schedule that we have put together this year," commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE. "We will play eight games before our first conference game which will allow us an opportunity to mix and match to find a line-up that we will feel comfortable with to start our season."

"St. Clair College and Durham College are two teams that will provide us strong measuring stick to see where we stack up early in the season," continued Ballantyne. "Getting off to a fast start is a big key to a short season and our tough non-conference schedule will allow us to work out the kinks and get the jitters out of the way for our younger players before the start of the conference schedule." 

The OUA conference schedule has expanded to 24 games this season with the addition of the Ryerson Rams to the league.  Laurier will play the other eight eams in the league three times to compose the 24 game regular season. The top four teams in conference play will advance to the OUA Championship tournament which will be hosted by the Guelph Gyphons from October 18-20. The inaugural OUA/OCAA Championship will be hosted by the Brock Badgers from Oct. 25-27.  The OCAA will play their inaugural conference schedule in 2013 and the top two teams from the OCAA will play the top two teams in the OUA for the Ontario College/University Championship.
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