Badgers drop first OUA game, start three game winning streak

After starting the season with three come-from-behind wins, opponents probably felt that the number one nationally ranked team was ripe for the picking. Well, they were right. In game one of a double-header on Saturday, the York Yeomen defeated the Brock Badgers 3-1. The loss marked Brock’s first Ontario University Athletic (OUA) division defeat of the season and dropped their record to 8-2 overall and 5-1 in OUA action. Brock regained their dominance quickly and beat the Yeomen 10-1 in game two and stole two wins from Waterloo on Sunday by scores of 3-1 and 14-6 to bring their overall record to 11-2 and their OUA record to 8-1.

The Yeomen took it to the Badgers early in game one, out scoring Brock 5-1 after three innings. Brock starter Devin Cooper gave up three runs in the first and two in the second before the Badger offense provided him with any run support. Brock picked up a run in the third, fourth and fifth innings to close the gap to 5-3 but York sealed the deal with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Despite the 6-3 loss the Badgers did not have any errors for the first time in three games. Even in their 15-5 bombing of McMaster last Wednesday the Badgers had five errors. Cooper was credited with the loss dropping his record to 1-1 on the year.

In game two, the Badgers looked like the championship caliber team that they really are; as they scored nine runs in four innings. The Yeomen scored a run in the third but did not offer any more offense as Brock cruised to a 10-1 win. Brock’s starting pitcher James Gardiner picked up his first win of the season on seven innings of work allowing just four hits and striking out six.

On Sunday, the Badgers swept the home stand versus Waterloo as they won 3-1 in the first game and exploded for 14 runs in Game 2 for a 14-6 victory.

In Game One, the Badgers had just six hits but with the score tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth it was the clutch hitting of Matt Pickett who drove in the game winning run. Pickett was 2-2 for the game with a double and a RBI. Raul Borjas added an RBI triple while Jared McCord collected his first extra base hit in OUA action. After a slow start in the first inning, the Badgers Stefan Strecker (2-0) came on strong going the distance allowing just one run, five hits while striking out eight for his second straight OUA victory.

The offensive onslaught continued in the night-cap where the Badgers had offensive production from eight of their nine starters. Leading the offensive charge was Matt Stezycki who was 3-4 with 4 RBI including his 10th career homerun, his fourth in nine games. Also with multi-hit performances were McCord, Dayna Deruelle and Dan Baribeau.

McCord went 2-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, Deruelle was 2-3 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI and Baribeau was 2-4 with two runs and an RBI.

Andrew Sorochan also drove in two runs for the Badgers. Brock’s Scott Vallier (1-0) picked up the victory as he went 5 1/3 innings allowing seven hits, five runs and struck out three.

The Badgers begin a three-game road trip this Wednesday when they play McMaster. Brock will then travel to Erie Community on Friday, and Western on Saturday.

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