Controversy, suspense and bombs: all the good making for a James Bond movie. Instead of wasting your $15 at Silver City, you could have watched Brock’s Ontario University Athletics (OUA) final against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues on Sunday afternoon and seen the same thing.After forcing a game three in Toronto, the Badgers returned to St. Catharines with just nine innings standing between them and an OUA championship. Despite the fact that the Badgers are the most dangerous offensive team in the OUA, Brock just couldn’t put enough runs on the board and lost to the Varsity Blues 6-5.
The game began with controversial talk about whether or not Brock pitcher Devin Cooper should have started the game considering that he was 0-4 in OUA play, but Cooper quickly silenced the critics as he retired three consecutive Toronto batters to open the game. Brock seemed spurred on by Cooper’s first inning as they scored three runs in the bottom of the first. Cooper’s strong pitching continued throughout the game but in the fourth inning it was Brock’s defense that let Toronto back into the game. Cooper gave up a lead off walk and U of T advanced the runner to third on a throwing error from a sacrifice bunt. With runners on first and third, the Varsity Blues came up with some clutch hitting of their own as they scored four runs to take a 4-3 lead.
With Matt Barrett on third, Toronto’s pitcher threw a wild pitch enabling Barrett to score on the passed ball and tie the game at four. Just four batters later and a man on base, Brock’s Raul Borjas hit an RBI single to straight-away-centre to bring in the go ahead run. Toronto quickly countered, and did so in dramatic fashion in the top of the seventh when Mike McNeil took an Adam Ahearn fastball over the left field fence for his first homerun of the post-season. The two-run bomb gave the Blues a 6-5 lead and turned out to be the game winning run.
Mike Didier, the Blues top reliever came in for starter Julian Weinrib to shut the Badgers down and ended their bid for their third national championship in four years.
Brock starter Devin Cooper went eight innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits while striking out five.
Leading the offensive charge for the Badgers were Jared McCord who registered three hits, Matt Stezycki with three RBIs and Borjas with one RBI.
The Badgers finished their 2001 season with an overall record of 20-9 (.690) and 13-6 (.684) in OUA play.