BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Gryphons continue their win streak

BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Gryphons continue their win streak
Tuesday, September 24

Western @ Laurier

WATERLOO, Ont. (September 26, 2013) - The Wilfrid Laurier men's baseball team dropped both ends of a double header on Tuesday evening against the Western Mustangs in OUA baseball action. 

The Golden Hawks wasted an excellent pitching performance from Ian Filion in game one as the offence did not support the strong pitching performance turned in by Filion. Western would prevail 3-0 in the game. Three costly errors aided the Western offence and they capitalized on the Laurier mistakes. 

In the night cap, Western used a 3-run sixth inning to cement a 5-1 victory over Laurier.  Laurier had the bases loaded with less than 2 out in both the 5th and 6th innings but could only come away with 1 combined run in the two innings. 

Source: Laurier Sports Info

Toronto @ Brock

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University baseball team (16-4 overall, 11-3 OUA) closed out the regular season series against the defending champion Toronto Varsity Blues with back-to-back victories winning by scores of 6-1 and 6-0 Tuesday night at George Taylor Field. Brock posted a perfect 3-0 record this season versus UofT.

In Game One, Junior southpaw Johnny Hutton (Ancaster, Ont.) went the distance throwing seven complete innings allowing one run on two hits with two strikeouts and three walks. It was Hutton's 11th career victory at Brock moving him into a tie for 8th all-time in career wins with Drew Arnold.

Freshman Dan Nicoletta (Newmarket, Ont.) led the Badgers going 3-for-3 with an RBI. Junior Ricky Ferri (St. Catharines, Ont.) went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Phil Steer (Toronto, Ont.) (1-for-3, RBI) and James Roffey (Guelph, Ont.) (1-for-3) rounded out the offense.

In Game Two, six different Brock pitchers combined for the four-hit shutout. Sophomore Phil Owen (Richmond Hill, Ont.) got the start and gave up two hits over two innings while striking out three for the victory. Closing out the contest with one inning each out of the Badgers bullpen were Jeff Baggaley (Whitby, Ont.) (1IP, 2K, 0H), Matt Watson (Niagara Falls, Ont.) (1IP, 2K, 1H), Kyle Taylor (1IP, 3 up, 3 down), Christopher Grittani (Mississauga, Ont.) (1IP, 2K, 0H) and Dan Phillips (St. John's, NFLD.) (1IP, 1K, 1H). 

The Badgers offense combined for 11 hits total with Koddi Quick (Leamington, Ont.) (2-for-2, 3 RBI), Phil Steer 2-for-4, RBI, SB), Ricky Ferri (2-for-4, RBI), Ben Kirby (Burlington, Ont.) (2-for-3), Jordan Grant (Mississauga, Ont.) (2-for-3) all contributed with two hits each. Rounding out the bats were James Roffey (1-for-4) and Josh Grisell (Toronto, Ont.) (RBI).

Source: Brock Sports Info

McMaster @ Waterloo

Rynee Weppler (Walkerton) pitched a complete game and the Warriors cashed in nine runs on their 11 hits to top the McMaster Marauders 9-3 on Tuesday evening at Jack Couch Park.  With the win Waterloo improves to 8-4 on the season which puts them in a tie for second spot with Western two games behind first place Brock.

Weppler allowed 11 hits over his nine innings of action but was able to pitch himself out of jams when needed.  The first year recreation and leisure student struck out two and only walked one batter to help him pick up his first third win of the season.

At the plate OUA athlete of the week Michael Clouthier (Guelph) continued his dominance going 2-for-3 with one homerun, two RBIs and two walks.  Clouthier now has five homeruns in his last four games played.  Also contributing to the offence was Chris Georges (Pickering) who was 3-for-5 at the plate including one home run and three RBIs.

The Warriors will now go on their busiest stretch of the season with six games in four days starting with their rescheduled games at Guelph this Thursday night.  They follow it up with four straight home games at Jack Couch with Brock in town on Saturday and Laurier on Sunday.

Source: Waterloo Sports Info

Wednesday, September 25

Guelph @ Brock

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University baseball team (16-5 overall, 11-4 OUA) was unable to make a comeback against the Guelph Gryphons (9-4 OUA), losing 5-4 on Wednesday night at George Taylor Field.

Brock started with an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st, holding onto it for a majority of the game until Guelph started to rally scoring four runs in the top of the 6th.

Freshman Luke Miller (Newmarket, Ont.) pitched five complete innings allowing four runs and 10 hits, while striking out five players. Brendan Ellingham (Hamilton, Ont.) came in as a relief pitcher, only to be relieved himself by Mark McIntyre (Oakville, Ont.) within the same inning. After McIntyre struckout one player and allowed one run, Ryan Beckett (Midland, Ont.) came in to finish the game stiking out two players, and allowing only one hit.

Sophomone Koddi Quick (Leamington, Ont.) led the Badgers going 2-for-3 with a double. James Roffey (Guelph, Ont.)  (1-for-4, RBI), Phil Steer (Toronto, Ont.) (1-for-4), Dan Nicoletta (Newmarket, Ont.) (1-for-3) and Justin Gideon (Pickering, Ont.) (1-for-1) all added base hits in the loss.

The Badgers will be on the road for three straight doubleheaders versus Durham (Sept. 26), Waterloo (Sept. 28) and Mercyhurst (Sept. 29).

Source: Brock Sports Info

Thursday, September 26

Waterloo @ Guelph

Following a narrow win over Brock, there was little time to celebrate as the 8-4 Waterloo Warriors came to Guelph for a double header on Thursday. Sorichetti was dominant on game one, but the bats could not get going to lend him much run support.  The game went to extra innings where the Gryphs finally broke through as 3rd baseman Sean Molony came through with a walk off single in extra innings to give Guelph a 2-1 victory. Game 2 was also a nail biter and like the 1st game needed extras to decide a winner. Guelph trailed 4-2 with only two innings to play. 

Interisano began the 6th inning by hitting a towering  home run to deep right field giving him a league leading 6 on the season. Down to their final out in the 7th, Ricciardi was hit by a pitch and proceeded to steal 2nd. Wade Sage hit a ball in the hole that Waterloo threw away scoring Ricciardi and sending the game to extras again.  Forer led off the bottom of the 8th with a walk.  Interisano and Romak were walked intentionally setting the stage for center fielder Kevin Winters. Winters lined the first pitch he saw into deep left and gave the Gryphs their 7th win in a row.  Jordan Abram pitched well and Alex Chow pitched two shutout innings of relief to get the win. 
 
The Gryphons took over first place with the win and look to continue their run as they travel to Talbot Park in Toronto on Sunday to play two against the Ryerson Rams.

Source: Guelph Sports Info

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