Brock successfully reaches OUA semi-finals, look to become OUA Champions for second straight year.
Here we are again, Brock baseball finishing first place in OUA baseball. This is the tenth time in 15 years that the Badgers have finished the season in first place. They finished second four times, and the one year they weren’t in the top two, they missed the playoffs.
This year, finishing with a 16-2 record in OUA baseball, the Badgers look to win the championship for the second straight year in a row. They dropped their first two games of the season against Guelph, but proceeded to win 16 games in a row.
“We just needed to find ourselves,” said Coach Jeff Lounsbury regarding the two losses. “New guys, new roles. We had not learned to win as a group yet and we weren’t sharp against Guelph.” Lounsbury saw the team play better as the year went on and really liked the team’s clean performance against Waterlooo.
This past week, Badger outfielder Justin Gideon was named OUA top hitter of the year for the second straight season. Gideon batted .422 on the year with three home runs, three doubles, 19 runs batted in and a .537 on-base percentage.
“Obviously an honour,” said Gideon about winning the award. “I knew at the start of the season I was going to work even harder to win it again and it feels good to know my hard work paid off.”
First basemen Rob Byckowski joined Gideon as a member of the OUA first-team all-stars, while shortstop Phil Steer, third basemen Jordan Grant and relief pitcher Phil Owen’s were named to the second-team all-stars. Coach Lounsbury also recorded his 500th career win this season when the team defeated Waterloo by a score of 7-3.
This past weekend, the Badgers began their quest to win the OUA championship as their playoffs began in London versus Ryerson on Friday. The Badgers beat Ryerson in convincing fashion with a 11-0 win, but then lost a 4-3 game to the University of Toronto. Brock’s game versus Ryerson began on Friday night, but was delayed and played again on Saturday morning.
Against Ryerson the Badgers scored five runs each in the fifth and sixth innings. Dylan Perego pitched four strong innings, and got help from Chase Porter and Adrian Yuen to close the door. Against Toronto, the sloppy play returned for Brock as all of Toronto’s four runs were unearned. Jeff Baggaley’s strong six and a third innings went for not due to the sloppy game.
However, OUA baseball is a double elimination so the Badgers stayed alive after beating Laurier on Saturday night. The Badgers trailed 6-3 heading into the eighth inning against Laurier, before tying it up. Then in the ninth inning Ben Kirby’s single scored Jordan Grant as the Badgers walked off into the final day of OUA baseball.
Unfortunately, Sunday’s championship day was postponed due to the weather and the championship games will now be played on Tuesday. The Badgers will play Western on October 20 at 10:00 a.m. and the winner will advance to the OUA finals. If the Badgers advance they’ll play at 6:00 p.m. as they continue to defend the OUA title. The game will be played in London at Labatt Field.