Brock baseball drops OUA Championship

Following weather alerts, the OUA Baseball Championship was moved to October 20. On that day, Brock Badgers baseball travelled to London to play their semi-final game against Western. A win would move them to the championship round.

During the weekend games, Brock didn’t make life easy for themselves as they were beaten by the University of Toronto 4-3. This put the Badgers on the brink of elimination against Laurier. Even then, Brock was losing to Laurier 6-3 heading to the bottom of the eighth. Prior to this game Brock had gone 4-0 versus the Golden Hawks. In this playoff game a come from behind win was what Brock needed to defeat Laurier 7-6.

With Dylan Perego taking the mound for the Badgers in their semi-final game versus Western, the team was in good hands with Perego being the Badgers best pitcher all season. Perego and his 3.41 earned average on the year threw a complete game for the Badgers. He went nine strong innings and only gave up two runs. With a strong pitching performance came a strong offense as well, as the Badgers put up 10 runs in the game to defeat the Mustangs and advance to the OUA Championship game.

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Western would get their chance to get revenge on the Badgers. Following their loss, the Mustangs played Toronto with the winner then facing Brock for the OUA title. The Mustangs put up five runs in both the fourth and sixth innings to help themselves to a 13-1 win.

In the final game, Western would start Owen Boon, while the Badgers turned to Jeff Baggaley, who had a 1.93 ERA in 2015. The Mustangs saw Baggaley earlier this year, and were shutout in his four innings pitched against them.

This time around, the Mustangs were much more comfortable against Baggaley, however, all three runs he allowed in his two innings pitched were unearned. Western would take a 6-0 lead early, and Boon would carry them the rest of the way, as he was named OUA Championship MVP. Brock would go onto lose the championship game 9-4, ending their quest for a second straight title.

This was Western’s first OUA Championship since 2009, and during that time they won four championships in the span of five seasons. The Badgers have accumulated four championships since 2002, while Laurier, Toronto and McMaster are the only other teams to win since 2001.

Brock captain Ricky Ferri played his final game of his university career, as he is finishing up his fifth season. He went four for six in the final game and seven for ten for the day. For the season he had a .275 batting average and nine runs batted in. Ferri and Brandon Beattle are the only fifth year players, so the 2016 season will see many similar faces as this year’s roster.

Head coach Jeff Lounsbury continues to build a strong team, winning the 500th game of his career earlier this year. Next season will be Lounsbury’s 21st season as the teams coach. The 2015 Brock baseball team finished with a 16-2 OUA record, a 28-7 overall record and as the silver medallist in OUA baseball. It was the tenth time in 15 seasons the Badgers have finished a top the OUA standings.

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