Baseball Roundup: Waterloo's Clouthier has monster weekend; Guelph sweeps Queen's

Baseball Roundup: Waterloo's Clouthier has monster weekend; Guelph sweeps Queen's
HAMILTON, Ont. - Recapping Sunday's OUA baseball action.

Laurier at Brock
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University baseball team (14-4 overall.9-3 OUA) split their third straight doubleheader as they defeated the Laurier Golden Hawks 13-2 in game one and dropped a 1-0 decision in game two.

In game one, Brock led 6-1 after four innings before putting up seven more in the bottom of the fifth for the 10-run mercy.

Brock starter Paul McKenna (Oakille, Ont.) recorded his third complete game victory of the season throwing five strong innings allowing two runs on five hits while striking out nine.

Leading the Badgers bats were Phil Steer (Toronto, Ont.) and senior Chris Anderi (Tecumseh, Ont.) who both went 3-for-4 with two RBI each. Steer also added four runs and two stolen bases and currently leads the OUA in both statistical categories; runs (18) and stolen bases (12).

Sophomore Nick Anton went 1-for-4 including a three-run homerun while junior Ricky Ferri (St. Catharines, Ont.) was 1-for-2 with two RBI. Sophomore Ben Kirby (Burlington, Ont.) was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Sophomore Jordan Grant (Mississauga, Ont.) (1-for-2, RBI) and junior Wil Nicholson (Burlington, Ont.) (1-for-3, RBI) rounded out the Badgers offense.

In game two, it was a pitcher's duel, as both Laurier's Brett Van Pelt and the Badgers Justin Ayles (Brampton, Ont.) went the distance. Van Pelt threw a two-hit shutout while registering nine strikeouts for his second victory of the season. Ayles threw seven strong innings allowing one run on four hits while striking out five in the loss.

The lone run of the game was scored in the top of the first inning. Laurier's Jonathan Brouse opened the game with a double. He would come around to score on an error from the Brock shortstop. 

In the bottom of the seventh, with two out, Brock freshman Justin Gideon (Pickering, Ont.) would come on to pinch hit and layed down a bunt single. He would then advance to third after two passed balls. With full count and the tying run on third, Van Pelt would strikeout Nicholson swinging to end the game.

Brock returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 25th as they host the Guelph Grypghns at 7pm at George Taylor Field. The Badgers will then go on the road for three straight doubleheaders versus Durham (Sept. 26), Waterloo (Sept. 28) and Mercyhurst (Sept. 29).

Source: Brock Sports Info

Toronto at Waterloo
The two-time OUA defending champion Varsity Blues baseball team fell 11-9 and bounced back with a 7-6 win over the Waterloo Warriors on Sunday (Sept. 22) at Jack Couch Park.
 
The Blues are now 5-5, while the Warriors improve to 7-4 on the year.
 
Toronto found themselves down 9-0 after two innings in the first game of the day. The Blues responded with three in the third and five in the fourth, but were unable to completed the comeback in the 11-9 loss.

Jonathan Isaac led the team with two hits and three RBI, while Andrew Mannone added one hit and two RBI. Both Kyle Bowers and Tanner Young-Schultz had two hits in the loss.

The Blues got out to a better start in the second game, leading 5-0 after the top of the third. The Warriors scored three in the bottom of the frame, but the Blues responded with single runs in both the fourth and fifth.

Waterloo almost completed the comeback, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Blues pitcher Marek Deska struck out Brandon Beattie to end the game in favour of U of T.

Deska pitched all seven innings, allowing 10 hits and striking out seven.  Bowers had two hits and two RBI, while Kyle Batts had one hit and two RBI in the win.
 
The Varsity Blues return to action on Tuesday, September 24 as they head to St. Catharines, Ont., to take on the Brock Badgers. 

Source: Toronto Sports Info

Western at McMaster
Chris Novachis pitched five innings of two-run ball, and Travis Flint went three-for-four at the plate, as the Marauder baseball team won the first half of a doubleheader 5-2 against the Western Mustangs on Sept. 22.

McMaster (3-8) hit Western pitcher Christian Davies early and often throughout the Sunday matinee, and raced to a 2-0 lead when Davies walked three and allowed two hits in the bottom of the first inning. That lead swelled to four runs in the second, when Flint singled to drive in Cody Nason, and Eric Telford scored on a fielder's choice.

The Mustangs got on the board in the top of the third, when Cam Graham's bases-loaded single to centre field plated two runs and cut the Marauders lead in half. But those were the only runs McMaster's pitchers allowed in the opening game.

Novachis bounced back in the fourth inning by setting down the Mustangs in order, and his team responded by adding a fifth run in the bottom half. After Flint stole second, Mike Campagnolo singled to left field to drive him in for his second RBI of the game.

Keith Woodcock entered the game to begin the sixth, and pitched two scoreless innings in relief to secure the win for Novachis.

McMaster was less fortunate in the second half of the doubleheader, dropping a 6-2 decision in a mistake-filled game that saw the Marauders commit three errors in the field.

The team continues its OUA campaign on Thursday, September 26, when the Marauders welcome the Laurier Golden Hawks (5-3) to Bernie Arbour Stadium for a doubleheader.

Source: McMaster Sports Info
 
Guelph at Queen’s
Game One: Guelph 10 – Queen’s 2
Game Two: Guelph 13 – Queen’s 3