Laurier: 5 McGill: 0
WATERLOO, Ont. (August 29, 2016) - The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men's baseball team opened up the 2016 non-conference schedule on Saturday by hosting the defending CCBC Champions, the McGill Redmen.
Both teams expect to compete with the best in their respective conferences and this was the first match-up between these two programs. Laurier swept the double header winning game one 5-0 and narrowly emerging with a 2-1, walk-off victory in game two.
The Golden Hawks opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning when 2B Brandon Washkevich
knocked in 1B Nic Lannutti. Laurier tacked on 2 more runs in the third inning as CF Jonathan Brouse
scored on a McGill error and RF Daniel Apostoli
scored on a Lannutti RBI single. Apostoli added some insurance runs with a 2 out, 2 run single in the fourth inning to increase the Golden Hawks lead to 5-0. Laurier’s pitching was the story in game one as the combination of Zach Lawrence, AJ Padmore and Jake Tougas
held McGill to 4 hits in the shutout victory. Lawrence started and earned the win going 3 scoreless innings. Padmore, a transfer from North Carolina A&T University, impressed in his Laurier debut matching Lawrence with 3 more scoreless innings. Veteran Jake Tougas
finished off the shutout with a scoreless 7th inning. Offensively the Golden Hawks smacked 7 hits led by Lannutti and SS Robbie Cant with 2 hits apiece. Brouse, Apostoli and Washkevich added one hit each.
Game two was a pitchers dual as both teams put up zeros until the fourth inning when McGill capitalized on a couple of walks and a double to take a 1-0 lead. They held that lead until the bottom of the 7th inning when Laurier’s offense finally came alive. Lannutti led off the bottom of the 7th inning with a solid single to RF. Alex Kellerman pinch ran for Lannutti at first base. LF Cal Murphy executed a sacrifice bunt to move Kellerman into scoring position. SS Robbie Cant laced a ground ball just past a diving third baseman down the LF line to score Kellerman and tie the game at 1. Cant advanced to 3B on an errand throw by the McGill left fielder. Ryley Davenport
came on to pinch hit and drove a single deep to RF to score Cant and finish off a 7th inning comeback for the 2-1 victory. Austin Hassani
started and worked 3 scoreless innings. 4 relievers worked one inning a piece as Noah Ivanyi
allowed one run and he was followed by scoreless innings from Nick Murray, Shawn Miller
and Brett Cameron
. Cameron picks up the win in relief as he threw the top of the seventh inning. Offensively, the Golden Hawks notched 6 hits and were led by Brett Medland
who had 2 hits. Apostoli, Lannutti, Cant and Davenport also had hits.
“This was a great way to start the season,” commented Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE
. “McGill is a very successful program and this was a good measuring stick for us early in the season. We’re excited about the progression of some of our freshmen from last year and with the graduation of some key players from last year’s team those guys will get an opportunity to show us they are ready for OUA action this year. From what we saw today, these guys are ready and their hard work is paying off.”
Laurier has a busy week coming up as they look to prepare for the start of OUA conference play. They will travel to St. Mary’s and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday and play the Ontario Terriers U18 and University of Toronto Varsity Blues. On Wednesday the Golden Hawks will travel to Etobicoke and play the Humber Hawks in a double header. Following a day off on Thursday Laurier will head south and play the University of Windsor Lancers on Friday followed by a 3 game series with the OCAA Champion St. Clair Saints on Saturday and Sunday. Laurier opens up their conference season on Sat. Sept. 10th when they host their cross town rivals, the University of Waterloo Warriors at Bechtel Park at 12pm.