Mac opens OUA baseball season with doubleheader split


oua_logoQueen’s Golden Gaels’ quarterback Dan Brannagan was honoured on Tuesday by being named an Ontario University Athletics Football Player of the Week for the period ending Sept. 7.

Brannagan, from Burlington, had a career afternoon in the Gaels 52-49 win over the Guelph Gryphons in the team’s home opener on Monday. Brannagan racked up 495 passing yards, which is the eighth-best single-game total in OUA history. He also threw for three touchdowns on the day, and drove the Gaels down the field in the final minute to set up Mike Petranovic’s game-winning field goal with no time remaining on the clock.

In OUA baseball, the McMaster Marauders and Brock Badgers squared off in a rematch of last year’s championship series, as both teams split a Sunday doubleheader.

In game one, the Badgers came from behind for the second straight game to defeat McMaster, 7-6. In game two, the Marauders answered with five runs in the fifth on route to a 7-1 victory.

In the opener, the Badgers trailed 6-0 after four complete innings before answering with four runs in the fifth and three in the seventh for the victory. In the top of the seventh inning with two out and the bases loaded, Brock newcomer Brad Vaters (Tillsonburg) came through with a clutch two run single to right giving the Badgers their first lead of the game 7-6.
After three strong innings out of the bullpen from Kyle Porter (Pickering), senior Mickey Campeanu (Mississauga) took over in the bottom of the seventh striking out all three Marauder batters he faced for his first career save.

In game two, Brock led 1-0 after four complete innings, before McMaster added five runs in the bottom half of the fifth to break the game open.

Chris Piccini (Mississauga) went the distance for the Marauders allowing one run on eight hits while striking out four. He also led the Mac offence going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Matt Piccini (2-for-3) (Mississauga) and Sean Lemon (2-for-3) (Mississauga) both collected two hits each in the victory.