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MBASE strong in non-conference openers

WATERLOO, Ont. (August 28, 2013) - The Wilfrid Laurier University men's baseball team opened up their 2013 non-conference schedule on Tuesday with a double-header at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in beautiful St. Mary's Ontario.  

The Golden Hawks swept the double header beating the Ontario Terriers U18 team 11-2 in the morning and completing the sweep with a 5-0 shutout of the Durham College Lords in the afternoon.

Laurier 11 - Ontario Terriers U18 2

Laurier took advantage of a number of walks and hit by pitches to defeat a young Terriers squad by a score of 11-2.  Leading the way offensively were: CF Adam Raithby 2 for 3 with a double, 3 RBI, 2 runs scored and 2 walks, 3B Brandon Washkevich 2 for 2 with 3 runs scored, a RBI, a SB, walk and HBP, DH John King 1 for 1 with an RBI, a walk and 2 HBP and RF Phil Warner 1 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI.  Zach Danilewitz earned the win going 2 innings giving up 1 run on 3 hits with 2 walks and 1 strikeout.  3 relievers finished up with Greg Greenberg, Nick Szymczyk and Nathan Folo throwing the final five innings to secure the win. 

Laurier 5 - Durham College 0

Laurier scored 3 runs in the first inning and never looked back cruising to a 5-0 win.  Pitching and defence were on display for the Golden Hawks as four itchers combined for the shutout.  Strong defensive plays were turned in from CF Nathan Folo, SS Callum Murphy and LF John King to help solidify the shutout.  Leading the way offensively were: Murphy 1 for 2 with an RBI triple, walk and run scored and 1B Adam Shaver 1 for 2 with a double, RBI, run scored and walk.  Other hits went to: King, 2B Trevor Nyp, DH Justin Henry and Folo.  Brett van Pelt got the win going 2 innings with 5 strikeouts on 2 hits.  Ian Filion, Justin Henry and Mitch Vopni threw 5 scoreless innings of relief for the shutout. 

"This was a great start to our non-conference schedule," commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE.  "We played great defence and pitched well.  Those two elements of our game will be keys to our success this season and today was a nice start for us.  We had some nice performances from some of our freshman and we're looking forward to see how they will contribute to our program." 

Next up for the Golden Hawks is a non-conference game with Guelph on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Guelph.  The Golden Hawks will then travel to the Windsor area for the Labour Day weekend with five games scheduled against the St. Clair College Saints and the Windsor Lancers.  Laurier will host Waterloo on Sept. 4th at 7 p.m. in the OUA conference home opener.
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