KINGSTON, Ont. (October 13, 2014) - The Wilfrid Laurier men’s baseball team concluded their conference schedule on Saturday with a double header in Kingston against Queen's. Laurier came away with two hard fought victories, 12-10 and 10-4.
The two wins improves the Golden Hawks record to14-4 in conference play, good enough for second place in the OUA. The second place finish marks the highest finish in the program’s history in regular season play and also marks the best winning percentage in the program's history.
Laurier will enter the six team double elimination OUA Championship tournament next weekend in Hamilton as the second seed and will play the winner of Waterloo (#3) and McMaster (#6) on Friday at 4pm at Bernie Arbour Stadium. Laurier are the defending OUA Champions.
Game One - Laurier 12 Queen's 10
This game was a wild one and not a typical game for Laurier this year. The Golden Hawks fell behind early and really had to battle to get themselves back into it before eventually taking the lead and holding on for the victory. Laurier swung the bats really well in this one.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Laurier 0 0 0 1 0 3 2 5 1 12 11 2
Queen's 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 10 14 3
- CF Jonathan Brouse 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored, 2 walks and a stolen base
- DH Adam Shaver 2 for 4 with a double, 2 RBI and 2 walks
- 1B John King 2 for 5 with a double, 2 RBI, a run scored and stolen base
- LF Adam Raithby 1 for 3 with a 2 run single and 2 walks
- C Daniel Apostoli 1 for 3 with a run scored and 2 walks
- RF Alex Kupchak 1 for 5 with a mammoth 2 run HR, 2 runs scored and a walk
- 3B Matthew Voight 1 for 5 with a run scored and RBI
- SS Callum Murphy 1 for 4 with an RBI
- Brett van Pelt went 1 inning before being removed for precautionary reasons giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits
- Jake Tougas worked 3 innings keeping us alive giving up 3 runs (2 earned) on 2 hits with 4 walks and 1 strikeout
- Zach Lawrence picks up his first conference win going 3 1/3 innings giving up 3 runs on 4 hits with 3 walks and 2 strikeouts
- Justin Newbold works 2/3 of an inning giving up 0 runs on 2 hits, with 1 walk and 1 strikeout
- Noah Ivanyi picks up the save going 1 scoreless inning giving up 2 hits and a walk with 2 strikeouts
Game Two - Laurier 10 Queen's 4
Laurier rode a huge 8 run fifth inning in this one. Andrew Ziedins made one mistake giving up a 3 run HR in the first, but settled in to work 5 solid innings. Laurier swung the bats well again and got a number of different players into the game.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Laurier 2 0 0 0 8 0 0 10 8 3
Queen's 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 6 0
- LF Adam Raithby - 3 for 4 with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI
- RF Alex Kupchak 2 for 3 with a double, 2 RBI and run scored
- CF Jonathan Brouse 1 for 2 with 2 runs scored, a walk, RBI and stolen base
- SS Callum Murphy 1 for 3 with an RBI, run scored and HBP
- 2B Robbie Cant 1 for 3 with an RBI and 2 runs scored
- Andrew Ziedins picks up his fourth conference win going 5 innings giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits with 2 walks and 0 strikeouts
- Shayne Rajaduri works a scoreless inning giving up 2 walks, a HBP and a strikeout
- Ben Reid makes his conference debut working a scoreless inning giving up a hit and a walk
“This was an atypical day in terms of the style of game compared to the rest of our conference games,” commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE. “We had to battle back after falling behind early against a really scrappy team in Queen’s. I am proud of our guys that we were able to bounce back from a shaky start to game one and win the game to clinch second place. We are well positioned going into the OUA Championship tournament as it was important to us to secure the bye in the first round this year. We’re excited at the opportunity to defend our Championship next weekend”.
The OUA Baseball Championship tournament will be a six team double elimination tournament hosted by McMaster on Oct. 17-19. The six teams competing will be: 1) Brock 2) Laurier 3) Waterloo 4) Guelph 5) Western 6) McMaster (host). The 3 day tournament will conclude on Sunday afternoon when an OUA Champion is crowned.