Baseball splits with Golden Hawks in season homeopener
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. - The Brock University baseball team (3-2 OUA, 4-3 Overall) split with the Laurier Golden Hawks in their season homeopener in front of an energetic crowd of 500 Wednesday night at Community Park.
In Game One, the Badgers scored three in the bottom of the sixth to secure the 3-1 victory. In Game Two, Laurier took an early 3-0 lead and never looked back on route to the 7-3 win.
For the Badgers in Game One, senior Mickey Campeanu (Mississauga, Ont.) pitched the complete game for his first win of the season. Campeanu started out strong, striking out the side in the first inning, displaying command with his fastball and breaking ball for the duration of the game. Over seven innings of work, he allowed one run on four hits while striking out seven.
Leading the Badgers offense was senior Korie Assivero (Barrie, Ont.) who led all players with three hits going 3-for-4. Senior Mike Walker (Guelph, Ont.) recorded his fourth straight multiple hit game going 2-for-4. Sophomore Cam Graham (Sarnia, Ont.) rounded out the Brock leaders going 2-for-3.
In Game Two, Laurier got on the board first adding three runs in the second and two runs in the third to go up by the score of 5-0. Brock added two in the bottom of the third, but it was the scrappy Golden Hawks answering right back in the fourth with two more to regain their five run lead.
Laurier's Scott Mahn extended his hit streak to five games going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Elliott Shrive was 1-for-3 with a two run double while Ryan Panas collected his first triple of the season.
For the Badgers, Walker (2-for-4), sophomore Matt Kisssel (Whitby, Ont.) (2-for-2) and senior Ben Sylvester (Brantford, Ont.) (2-for-3) all added two hits each in the loss. Walker currently leads the OUA with 13 hits in five games (13-for-23).
Picking up the loss for Brock was freshman Jason Champ (London, Ont.) who went three complete innings allowing five runs on three hits with three strikeouts and five walks. The Golden Hawks Wesley Van Luven recorded the victory after going three complete innings allowing two runs on six hits while striking out four.