Win No. 400 for Brock’s Lounsbury
* Brock University Badgers coach Jeff Lounsbury notched his 400th win with a victory over the Queen’s Golden Gaels ….
By James Parker
Brock University Badgers coach Jeff Lounsbury has locked down a massive career milestone as he secured his 400th career victory with a doubleheader sweep over the Queen’s Golden Gaels.
In his 17 years as head coach of the program Lounsbury has led the Badgers to two national championships, three Ontario University championships and 13 20-plus win seasons.
In game one of the doubleheader Lounsbury called upon veteran starter Justin Ayles who threw a complete game shutout, marking his fourth straight complete game start in a row, as the Badgers took game one by a score of 16-0.
On offense several players had strong games as Evan Baglieri hit his seventh homerun of the season to pull within three homeruns of Matt Fletcher’s single season record of 10, set in 1998. Overall six players (Ricky Ferri, Cameron Graham, Bill Sloat, Jordan Grant, Ben Kirby and Baglieri) drove in two runs and another six scored atleast two runs (Chris Anderi, Craig Vannus, William Nicholson, Graham, Baglieri, and Sloat who scored three).
In game two, Lounsbury sent lefty Daniel Veres to the mound as he threw three innings allowing one run in a no-decision handing off the victory to rookie Ryan Beckett who secured Lounsbury’s 400th career win. Over two innings Beckett struck out four batters.
Despite the game being a blowout 13-3 victory for the Badgers it did end in dramatic fashion as DH Cameron Graham hit a walk-off grand slam in the fifth inning to send the Badgers home early with a mercy rule victory.
Graham finished the game 2-for-3 with six RBI’s and two runs scored. While rookie Ben Kirby went 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBI’s, a stolen base and two doubles and Grant went 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
The Badgers will now travel to McMaster to take on the Marauders at 1 pm, before finishing off their OUA regular season on Tuesday at home when they take on the Waterloo Warriors at 7 pm. The Badgers will then host the OUA playoffs which start Friday, Oct. 12 and will feature the Badgers, the Western Mustangs, the Guelph Gryphons and a fourth team that has yet to clinch a playoff spot.