The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's baseball team swept a double header from the York Lions on Sunday at Bechtel Park. The Golden Hawks prevailed 7-3 in game one and finished off the sweep with a 13-3 mercy shortened victory in game two. The two wins improves the Golden Hawks record to 17-6 (7-4 in conference play).
Game one started out as a pitchers dual as freshman Christian Hauck got his first career OUA start for the Golden Hawks. He worked 6 excellent innings for the Golden Hawks and kept his team in the game. With the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 6th inning, Laurier loaded the bases for Alex Kupchak. Kupchak delivered with a grand slam HR to break the game open. Laurier never looked back and won the game 7-3. Hauck gets the victory as he goes 6 innings giving up 1 run (unearned) on 5 hits with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Adam McBride picked up the save throwing the final 3 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits with 5 strikeouts. Offensively the Hawks were led by Kupchak and his 4 RBI and a stolen base. CF Jonathan Brouse had 2 hits with 3 runs scored and 3 stolen bases. Adam Shaver contributed with 3 RBI.
Game two saw the Golden Hawks fall behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning. But Laurier got their bats going and scored 13 unanswered runs to win a mercy shortened 5 inning game, 13-3. Zach Lawrence worked an effective 4 innings for the win as he gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 1 hit with 2 walks and 1 strikeout. Nick Murray finished off the game with one scoreless inning. Offensively, the Golden Hawks banged out 11 hits and were led by Adam Raithby who had 3 hits. Jeff Hunt, Brouse and Brandon Washkevich each had 2 hits. Ryley Davenport and Matt Voight also had hits.
“We played a couple of solid games today,” commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE. “Their pitcher kept us off balance in game one and the game was tight for longer than we would have liked, but Alex gave us a charge with that grand slam. Christian Hauck was excellent for us and we needed him to give us a big start. I was proud of the way we responded in game two after falling behind 3-0 early. We put up a lot of runs this weekend and we’re playing well heading into our busiest week of the season."
Laurier has a busy week coming up as they will finish the suspended game from Saturday on Tuesday vs. Guelph at Bechtel Park at 6:30pm. The game is in the top of the 5th inning with Guelph up 3-1. On Wednesday, Laurier will travel to Kitchener to pick up a suspended game with the University of Waterloo. This game will be picked up in the bottom of the 5th inning with the game tied at 4. Game two will be played after the completion of game one.