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MBASE rolls over McMaster in Sunday sweep
Laurier: 9 McMaster: 3

After being unable to play on Saturday due to unplayable field conditions, the Laurier Golden Hawks men's baseball team travelled to Hamilton on Sunday for a double header with the McMaster Marauders.  Laurier played some solid baseball and came away with 9-3 and 9-2 victories.  These two wins improve the Golden Hawks conference record to 4-0 (8-6 overall)  
 
Game One - Laurier 9 McMaster 3
This was a close game until the 7th when Laurier was able to get to McMaster’s bullpen and pull ahead.  Brett van Pelt threw very well again for Laurier and the Golden Hawks got some big performances from Daniel Apostoli, Brandon Washkevich and Alex Kupchak.  Adam Raithby was a force on the basepaths as well.
 
               1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    R    H    E
Laurier    0    1    0    1    0    0    3    4    0    9    12    1
McMaster    0    0    0    0    2    0    0    0    1    3    8    4

Hitting:
- C Daniel Apostoli - 3 for 5 with a triple, RBI, 2 runs scored, RBI and SB
- 2B Brandon Washkevich 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored
- DH Alex Kupchak 3 for 5 with 3 RBI, 2 SB and a run scored
- CF Jonathan Brouse 0 for 2 with 2 walks, 2 RBI and an SB
- RF Adam Raithby 0 for 2 with a walk, 2 runs scored, 3 SB and drew two catcher's interference
- 1B John King 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored
- LF Brandon Manley 1 for 4 with a sac bunt
 
Other RBI
- SS Callum Murphy
 
Pitching:
- Brett van Pelt gets the win (2-0) going 7 innings giving up 2 runs on 7 hits with 0 walks, 1 HBP and 6 strikeouts
- Adam McBride works 1 inning giving up 1 hit, 1 walk and 2 strikeouts
- Jake Tougas throws the 9th inning giving up 1 run on 0 hits, 1 walk, 1 HBP and 1 strikeout
 
Game Two - Laurier 9 McMaster 2
Andrew Ziedins retired 14 straight hitters after giving up an early run and was the story of the game in this one.  A five run second inning was enough to pace the Laurier offense and the Golden Hawks swung the bats pretty well in this one.
 
               1    2    3    4    5    6    7    R    H    E
Laurier    0    5    0    4    0    0    0    9    9    0
McMaster    1    0    0    0    0    1    0    2    2    1
 
Hitting:
- 1B Jeff Hunt 2 for 4 with a run and 2 RBI
- RF Adam Raithby 2 for 4 with a run scored and 2 RBI
- LF Daniel Apostoli - 1 for 3 with an RBI, run scored, walk and SB
- CF Jonathan Brouse 1 for 3 with an RBI 2 runs scored, 3 SB and a HBP
- DH Alex Kupchak 1 for 2 with a double and 2 runs scored
- 3B Matthew Voight 1 for 4 with a run scored and RBI
 
Other hits:
 - RF Brett Medland (first OUA hit)
 
Pitching:
- Andrew Ziedins earns the win in a dominant 5 inning performance giving up 1 run on 1 hit with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts
- Noah Ivanyi goes 1 inning giving up 1 run on 1 hit with a walk and HBP
- Justin Newbold throws the 7th giving up 0 runs on 3 walks

“It is never easy to sweep a double-header in the OUA,” commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE.  “It requires strong focus all day long and we ask our guys to grind out the day and the results will come.  Today was a good example of that as we stuck with it all day, played solid defence and came away with two wins.  A lot of players contributed today for us and we continue to improve each day”.
 
Laurier will make up the rain-out from Saturday with Waterloo on Tuesday Sept. 16th starting at 5pm at Bechtel Park.

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