Rams baseball sweeps Warriors
TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams used excellent pitching and timely hitting to sweep the Waterloo Warriors this Saturday at Stan Wadlow Park. The cold weather and rain didn’t slow down the Rams as they used two dominant starts to move Ryerson into a tie for the final playoff position.
Game One: Ryerson 2 - Waterloo 1
Quinn Cumming pitched his first complete game of the season. Cumming did have some control problems walking six but only allowed four hits and struck out eight Warriors. It was poor defence in the fifth that aided in scoring the lone Waterloo run.
Cumming contributed his success to his improved location over previous starts. “I was getting my fastball over, kept it low in the zone,” said Cumming.
On the other side, Warriors starter Stephen Gade was just as effective pitching a complete game two hitter, striking out seven. However, it was his own defence that was his undoing. In the bottom of the fifth inning he committed two costly errors that lead to the two winning runs for Ryerson.
Game Two: Ryerson 3 - Waterloo 2
Rams first baseman Pete Apostolopoulos hit a two-run double in the fourth. After a slow start Apostolopoulos is now hitting .256 and has had four multi-hit games in his last six. The Rams lead off hitter, Jessie Fishbaum, drove in the third run on an excellent squeeze bunt in the fifth.
Caleb King continued his effective pitching into the seventh inning only allowing one run on four hits. He started the seventh but was greeted with a double by Donald Smith and a run scoring single by Kyle Thalheimer which brought the Warriors to within one. Head coach Ben Rich went to closer Allan Perkins who, after walking his first batter, induced two ground balls to preserve the victory and the sweep.
With each team battling the weather, King used it to his advantage. “The main part was to challenge these hitters in crappy weather,” said King. "It is tough to hit in weather like this.”
Both pitchers helped the Think Pink campaign with their 11 strikeouts. The Rams announced they will continue this #LKBC campaign for the remainder of the season. With every strike out recorded by a Rams pitcher tweet #LKBC the Rams would donate $ 0.25 to breast cancer research.
With the two wins, the Rams moved into a tie for the final two playoff spots with the Queen's Gaels and Guelph Gryphons. “This was a series we needed to win, we had to sweep this series,” said Allan Perkins.
The Rams games against the Laurier Golden Hawks were rained out on Sunday. They will make up those games this Wednesday, then head to London to play Western on Friday and wrap up the season in Brock on Saturday. Lots of games to be played, but sweeping the Warriors put them in a better position going into the final week.