The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s baseball team were scheduled to play two double headers this weekend; however, Mother Nature had other ideas. The Golden Hawks got through 4 and a half innings on Saturday against Waterloo in Game One with the game tied 4-4 when the rain came. It rained long enough to render the field unplayable and the rest of the game (and game two) were postponed. Game One will have to be replayed in its entirety along with game two at a later date.
Laurier hosted Ryerson for a double header on Sunday in games that were Ryerson home games, but played at Bechtel Park, as Ryerson did not have a field to play on. Laurier swept the double header by scores of 15-5 and 10-3 and improve to 3-1 in conference play (12-1 overall).
In Game One, Laurier sent veteran pitcher Adam McBride to the mound. McBride had his first scheduled start of conference play rained out last weekend, so this was his first conference action. He threw the ball well and kept a scrappy Ryerson team at bay for 5 innings. The game was close through 3 innings, with Laurier up 3-2 after 3. However some control problems from the Ryerson starter and timely hitting by the Golden Hawk hitters contributed to a 6 run top of the fourth inning for Laurier to put this game out of reach. Laurier tacked on 4 more runs in the fifth inning and cruised to a mercy shortened 15-5 win in 7 innings. Laurier pounded out 16 hits, with 6 players recording multi-hit games including: CF Adam Raithby; DH Adam Shaver; 3B Jeff Hunt; C Jonathan Fagnola; 2B Matt Voight and SS Cal Murphy. 1B John King, RF Alex Kupchak, Brett Medland and Nathan Folo each had one hit. McBride picks up the win going 5 innings giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits with 0 walks and 2 strikeouts. Freshmen pitchers Austin Hassani and Tanner Goldsmith each worked one inning to finish up the game.
Laurier jumped all over the Ryerson starter in game two with 5 consecutive hits to start the ball game and scored 3 runs in the first inning. The Golden Hawks scored a single run in the second inning and then 3 more in the third inning and 3 more in the fourth inning to build a comfortable lead. Andrew Ziedins (2-0) picked up the win going 4 innings giving up 1 run on 2 hits with 3 walks and a strikeout. Zach Lawrence, Nick Murray and Jake Tougas each worked a single inning. Laurier swung the bats really well in this one and recorded 13 hits. Offensively they were led by Kupchak, Medland, Raithby and Ryley Davenport who all had 2 hits. Hunt, King, Robbie Cant, Shaver and Brandon Washkevich each had a hit. Laurier stole 9 bases on the day with Hunt swiping 4 bags and Raithby stealing 3 bases.
“I was really happy with our offence today,” commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE. “We scored a lot of runs in game one, but it was in game two, when we really broke out offensively. Any time you can start a game with 5 hard hit balls for hits, you’ve got to be pleased. Our pitching and defence were solid today as well, but it was our offence that was relentless. We will continue to work on things and improve each weekend."
The Golden Hawks will return to action on Wednesday against the Great Lake Canadians in a non-conference game at Bechtel Park at 7pm. The next conference games for the Golden Hawks will be on Sat. Sept. 26th vs. Brock on the road.