Brock baseball comes up just short at OUA/OCAA Championships

STEVEN SAZANT

On Friday night, the Badgers started the 2014 OUA/OCAA Championship campaign with a 7-4 conquest over the Durham College Lords. Defensive slipups served as the Lords’ collapse on Friday night as they committed five errors. With Brock having a 7-0 lead in bottom of the seventh inning, Durham’s bats would finally come to life, managing to tally four unreciprocated runs. The Badgers would ultimately get out of their predicament with closer Phil Owen recording his sixth save of the season, which secured the three-run victory for the Badgers. Justin Ayles had another great outing on the mound, having gone through six shutout innings while permitting just four hits, zero walks, and striking out 11. Brock outfielder Justin Gideon led the offensive game for his team, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Photo credit: gobadgers.com

Photo credit: gobadgers.com

 

Brock would then challenge the St. Clair Saints on Saturday afternoon. The Badgers handled St. Clair starter Kyle Breitner with a commendable effort, giving up two runs over the span of eight hits. St. Clair drove in a run early in the game, but Brock would chip in two runs in the fourth and fifth innings with RBIs from Ryan Laird and Justin Gideon. Leading the way on the mound for Brock was freshman Dylan Perego, who pitched seven complete innings, while only authorizing one run on six hits. Because St. Clair defeated Durham on Saturday night by a score of 11-0, they advanced to the final, having a chance at revenge versus the Badgers. Unfortunately for Brock, that is exactly what happened.

Brock would lose 3-2 in the first game of their championship matchup against the Saints. The deciding game began shortly after, with Brock giving Justin Ayles the nod to pitch. Two innings into the game, Brock would tie the Saints at 2 a piece, showing a true matchup of equal skill on both ends. In the sixth inning, the Saints extended their lead to 6-2, after RBIs from rookie Crannel Jerald and sophomore Rob Cooper. The Badgers scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th, but St. Clair would respond with another run in the top of the seventh. This was the final outcome of the OUA/OCAA Championship final, as St. Clair went on to beat Brock 7-5, winning the tournament.

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