Baseball Roundup: Brock clinches playoff berth with sweep over McMaster

Baseball Roundup: Brock clinches playoff berth with sweep over McMaster
HAMILTON, Ont. - Recapping the midweek baseball action from around the OUA.

October 9
Toronto 7 at Western 11, Toronto 5 at Western 3
The University of Toronto Varsity Blues baseball team went 1-1 with the Western Mustangs on Wednesday night (Oct. 9) in London, Ont.

The Blues dropped the first game 11-7 before rebounding with a 5-3 win.

Veteran Jonathan Sartor led the Blues with three hits and one RBI, while first-year third baseman Kravice Batts also had three hits in the first game of the night.

Peter Nash pitched five innings, allowing one hit and striking out one in the loss.

Veteran Marek Deska pitched the complete seven innings in the second game of the night, striking out 12 in the win.

Andrew Mannone had two hits, while Jonathan Isaac and Tanner Young-Schultz each had an RBI in the win.

The Varsity Blues return to action this Friday, Oct. 11 as they host the McMaster Marauders at Dan Lang Field. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

Source: Toronto Sports Info

Laurier 19 at Queen’s 5

October 8
McMaster 2 at Brock 4, McMaster 7 at Brock 9
ST.CATHARINES, Ont.--The Brock University Baseball team improved their OUA record to 16-5 and clinched a final four playoff berth with the sweep of an evening double-header versus the McMaster Marauders at George Taylor Field on Tuesday night by scores of 4-2 and 9-7.
              
In game one, The Badgers offense jumped out to an early 4-0 lead through four innings. Phil Steer (Toronto, Ont.), Ricky Ferri (Niagara Falls, Ont.) and James Roffey (Guelph, Ont.) each recorded and RBI despite the fact the Badgers were held to just two actual hits over the ball game. Chris Anderi  (Tecumseh, Ont.) also recorded an RBI double as well as drawing two walks on the night. McMaster starter Jake Roberts walked five batters over 4.0 innings pitched and the Badgers capitalized just enough to hand a lead to their pitching staff.
              
On the mound, Paul McKenna (Oakville, Ont.) started for the Badgers and produced a dominant complete game effort allowing two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out five. The 4-0 lead was all he needed for his OUA leading fifth win of the season and remains un-defeated so far with a sparkling 1.97 ERA over his five conference starts this season.  
              
In game two, the Badgers offense exploded helping the team take a commanding 9-0 lead. Koddi Quick (Leamington, Ont.) went 2-for-2 with 2 RBI while Ben Kirby (Burlington, Ont.) and James Roffey (Guelph, Ont.) each went 1-for-3 with two RBI leading the Badgers offense.
              
The real story in game two was Brock's Johnny Hutton (Ancaster, Ont.) who dominated throughout the game, going 6.2 innings with eight strikeouts. Hutton did not allow McMaster to record a hit until there were just two outs remaining in the ball game in the Top of the seventh inning. McMaster freshman Cody Nason ruined the no-hitter for Hutton in the seventh inning with his RBI single. Jeff Baggaley (Whitby, Ont.) entered the game for Hutton and despite allowing 1 run on a walk and a hit, recorded the final out of the ball game. Several defensive mis-haps by the Badgers and a couple of walks from the exhausted Hutton would help the Marauders make it close, scoring 7 runs in the 7th inning. Despite the scare, the Badgers would hold on to take game two by a final score of 9-7.
              
With the evening sweep, the Badgers improved to 16-5 clinching a playoff berth. The wins also marked the Badgers 24th and 25th overall, as their overall record now stands at 25-8 in what has been an outstanding season so far. Brock will close out OUA season action on Friday and Saturday at George Taylor Field in St.Catharines as they host Ryerson University on back to back days. Game 1 will take place 4:00 p.m. Friday while games two and three will take place at noon and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. 

Source: Brock Sports Info

Toronto 6 at Queen’s 7

Western 3 at Guelph 2
Western 7 at Guelph 6

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