After finishing second in the OUA in conference play, the Wilfrid Laurier men’s baseball team travelled to London this past weekend to compete in the OUA Baseball Championships.
The tournament is a six team double elimination format that saw Laurier (#2 seed) play Toronto (#5 seed) in the first game on Friday afternoon. Laurier battled through 4 rain delays and some poor conditions to beat Toronto 13-3 in a mercy shortened game. The win moved Laurier to the winner’s side of the bracket where they matched up against the #3 seed Western Mustangs on Friday night. After trailing the entire game, Western staged a 9th inning comeback scoring 3 runs to pull out a 5-3 victory over Laurier. The loss then forced the Golden Hawks to the other side of the bracket and after Toronto upset Brock, the #1 seed, Laurier and Brock battled on Saturday afternoon with the loser being eliminated. Again, Laurier led this one for much of the game, but Brock scored 3 runs in the 8th inning to tie it and pushed a run across in the 9th to win a close game 7-6 to end Laurier’s season.
Laurier finishes 2015 with an overall record of 25-8 and finishes with the highest winning percentage in school history. The 25 wins also ties the most victories in one season. Laurier will see some top student-athletes graduate as fifth year seniors Jordan Petruska, Andrew Ziedins, Adam McBride and Alex Kupchak all finished up their careers this weekend, as did fourth year senior Adam Raithby.
Game One - Laurier 13 Toronto 3 (mercy shortened 7 innings)
This game had 4 rain delays and was played in less than ideal conditions. But the Golden Hawk hitters fought through it against a tough pitcher from Toronto and Laurier’s starting pitcher, Jordan Petruska was dominant in his final career start.
- 1B Jeff Hunt 3 for 5 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored
- 2B John King 2 for 2 with 4 runs scored, an RBI, 2 stolen bases and 3 walks
- CF Jonathan Brouse 2 for 4 with 2 RBI, a run scored, stolen base and walk
- RF Alex Kupchak 2 for 5 with 3 RBI and a stolen base
- C Ryley Davenport 1 for 2 with a double, 2 RBI, sac fly, walk and HBP
- 3B Matt Voight 1 for 2 with a double, 3 runs scored and 2 walks
- SS Cal Murphy 1 for 3 with w runs scored and a HBP
- DH Daniel Apostoli 1 for 4 with an RBI and walk
- LF Adam Raithby 0 for 2 with a an RBI, sac fly, walk and HBP
- Jordan Petruska goes a complete game giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 7 hits with 1 walk, 1 HBP and 13 strikeouts
Game Two - Western 5 Laurier 3
Western defeated Guelph in their first game setting up this match-up on Friday night. Both teams scored in the first inning and Laurier took the lead 3-1 in the third inning. Laurier held a 3-2 lead into the 9th inning, but with 2 out and a runner on 2nd base, Western strung together 2 hits and Laurier made 2 errors that led to 3 runs and gave them the Mustangs the lead. Laurier had 2 runners on base in the bottom of the 9th but couldn't score the runners.
- C Ryley Davenport 3 for 5 with 2 RBI
- 1B Jeff Hunt 2 for 3 with a run scored, walk and sac bunt
- LF Adam Raithby 2 for 5
- 3B Matt Voight 2 for 5
- CF Jonathan Brouse 1 for 2 with 2 walks and a sac bunt
- DH Daniel Apostoli 1 for 5
- PH Brett Medland 1 for 1
- 2B John King 0 for 3 with 2 walks and a run scored
- RF Alex Kupchak 0 for 3 with an RBI, sac fly and walk
- Andrew Ziedins was really solid in his 6 innings of work giving up 2 runs on 3 hits with 3 walks and 1 strikeout
- Adam McBride takes the loss going 3 innings giving up 3 runs (0 earned) on 3 hits with 0 walks and 3 strikeouts
Game Three - Brock 7 Laurier 6
The loss to Western put Laurier on the loser's side of the bracket and after Brock was upset by Toronto in their second game, Laurier was matched up with Brock. Brock was 16-2 in the regular season so this was the #1 seed vs. the #2 seed with the loser being eliminated. Brock got out to a 2-0 lead, but Laurier responded with 5 runs in the 5th inning to take the lead. Brock chipped away and tied it up in the 8th inning with 3 runs scored, 2 courtesy of 2 bases loaded walks. Brock got a runner to 2nd base with 2 out in the 9th and their hitter came through with a single to left field that scored the winning run and ended the Laurier season.
- CF Jonathan Brouse 3 for 5 with a double, RBI and run scored
- 2B John King 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 2 walks
- RF Alex Kupchak 1 for 4 with a double, 2 RBI and a walk
- 1B Adam Shaver 1 for 4 with a sac bunt and run scored
- DH Daniel Apostoli 1 for 4 with a double and RBI
- SS Matt Voight 1 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI
- C Ryley Davenport 1 for 5
- Christian Hauck gave us a real strong start as he went 4 1/3 giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits with 4 walks and 2 strkeouts
- Jake Tougas kept us in the ball game going 2 2/3 innings giving up 4 runs on 3 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts
- Shawn Miller retired the 2 batters he faced in the 8th inning
- Nick Murray gave up a hit and walk to the 2 batters he faced
- Adam McBride gets saddled with his second loss of the tournament as he goes 1 inning giving up 1 run on 2 hits with 1 walk
“You never want to loss the last game of the season,” commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE after the tournament was over. “But I am extremely proud of our student-athletes as they battled hard all weekend. We had trouble getting a big hit against Western when we had chances to put them away and if you let a good team stick around, you give them a chance and they capitalized on our errors and made us pay. We didn’t expect to play Brock on Saturday afternoon, but we were in a good position to eliminate them from the tournament, but give them credit, they didn’t quit and took advantage of some wildness from our bullpen and got the big hit when they needed it. Overall we had a great season with contributions from many different players and the future is bright for our program."