Golden Hawks claim OUA baseball title

Golden Hawks claim OUA baseball title
Guelph, Ont. – The Laurier Golden Hawks claimed the Jason Guindon Memorial Cup at the 2013 OUA baseball championships Sunday night at Hastings Stadium hosted by the University of Guelph Gryphons. The Golden Hawks defeated the Brock Badgers 5-3 in the championship final to claim the title.
 
The Golden Hawks went 3-0 overall at the tournament with a win over Brock in the opening game by a score of 5-3 on Friday and then earned a victory over the Guelph Gryphons in their second game by a score of 3-2 which was played on Sunday morning.
 
In the championship final, left fielder Daniel Murphy got things started early and often for the Golden Hawks going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored. The lead off hitter got the Golden Hawks on the board early with a first inning single, stolen base and run scored on Jeff Hunts double. In the fourth Murphy singled again, later stole third and scored on an Adam Raithby single. Third baseman Jeff Hunt also had a big game going 2-for-5 with an RBI, run scored and a pair of stolen bases.
 
All eight runs were scored in the first four innings with the Golden Hawks getting 6.1 innings of four-hit ball out of starter I.Filion who gave up three early runs before settling in. Fillion gave up three runs and turned it over to the bullpen duo of Andrew Ziedins (1.2 innings) and Mitch Clarke (1.0 inning) who yielded no runs, no hits while striking out five. Clarke pitched a perfect ninth striking out the side to earn the save.
 
Phil Steer led the way for the Badgers going 1-for-2 with a pair of runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. Starting pitcher Luke Miller was roughed up for five runs (4 earned) over 3.2 innings as the Badgers couldn’t ride the momentum from their 12 inning victory over the Gryphons to earn a spot in the championship game.
 
The home team Gryphons ended their championships with a record of 1-2. On Sunday morning the Gryphons fell 3-2 to the eventual champion Golden Hawks. After a short break they were back on the field for a game against the Badgers, with the winner earning a spot in the finals. The Badgers took 12 innings of work but eventually defeated the Gryphons 3-2. Kevin Winters led the bats for the Gryphons in the loss going 2-for-4 with an RBI while Matt Forer and Dean Mariani put the Gryphons on the scoreboard with a run scored each.
 
The heartbreaking 12 inning loss was an unfortunate low point for an otherwise impressive season for the Gryphons. Guelph finished the regular season with a team record 17-7 finish, tied for second in the OUA and earned three of the top four OUA major award winners. Justin Interisano was named the OUA top hitter, Brendan Sorichetti the OUA top pitcher and Gryphon skipper Matt Griffin the OUA coach of the year.

CHAMPIONSHIP SCORING AND STATS

FULL SCHEDULE

Friday, Oct. 18
Game 1 – Laurier defeated Brock 5-3 GAME STATS
Game 2 - Guelph defeated Western 10-1 GAME STATS
 
Saturday, Oct. 19
Game 3 – Brock defeated Western 7-3 GAME STATS
 
Sunday, Oct. 20
Game 4 – Laurier defeated Guelph 3-2 GAME STATS
Game 5 – Brock defeated Guelph 3-2 GAME STATS
Final – Laurier defeated Brock 5-3 GAME STATS

Source: Guelph Sports Info



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