McGill takes title, beats Concordia 6-1

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* LHP Tim Jones pitched the McGill Redmen to a 6-1 win over Concordia to win the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association national championship, at Gary Carter Field on the grounds of Trudeau Park. It was McGill’s fourth national title. ….

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CCBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: McGill conquers Concordia, claims national crown for fourth time

By Nick Frost and Earl Zukerman
COTE ST. LUC, Que. – Game MVP Tim Jones (Lake Jackson, Tex.), gave himself a pretty special birthday gift with a complete game, eight-strikeout performance as McGill University cruised to a 6-1 victory over Concordia to capture the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association national championship, at Gary Carter Field on the grounds of Trudeau Park.

The Redmen won four of their five games in the six-team CCBA tourney to collect their fourth national baseball title, including championships won under the old CIBA banner in 1994, 2006 and 2010.

Concordia outhit McGill 7-6, but stranded nine runners on base. Jones, a 5-foot-8, 160-pound southpaw, was in control throughout, allowing no earned runs on seven hits and two walks over seven innings.

“I struggled a little bit letting guys on base, but I was able to get out of it every time,” admitted Jones, 28, a first-year master’s student in internet business, who previoiusly won a league title with Texas A & M Kingsville, where he earned a BA in sports business. “The offence picked me up when I needed them to and we were able to keep them from getting runs across, so it was a complete team effort … It’s amazing, a great feeling to be national champions.”

Jones, who said that his pre-game meal was a Montreal bagel with cream cheese and coffee, was advised the day before that he would be getting the ball for the gold medal game if McGill won the Sunday morning semi final, which turned out to be a 2-0 shutout over the Universite de Montreal.

“He battled through,” said Jason Starr, a former McGill player now in his third year as head coach and field manager of the Redmen. “They got a couple runners on almost every inning. The first inning, (left fielder) Alexander Levis threw a guy out at the plate – (Andre Lagarde attempting to score on a line drive single by J.C. Paquin) – which really gave us momentum and then we kept scoring one or two runs every inning, but Jones was phenomenal. They’re a good hitting team, Concordia. To shut them down to one run through seven innings is an accomplishment.”

Concordia starter Brandon Berkovits was charged with the loss. He lasted just 3 1/3 innings, walked three, struck out five, and allowed five runs — two earned.

Shortstop Tyler Welence (Ridgewood, N.J.) led McGill’s offence, getting on base three times, including a third-inning single and a sixth-inning double. A bio-resource engineering junior Welence was named tournament MVP. Over the five games, he batted .529 (9-for-17), with two walks, a pair of doubles, three RBIs and five runs scored.

After a scoreless first inning, McGill drew first blood in the second. Rookie centrefielder Rocky Hroch (Temecula, Calif.) opened the scoring on a fielder’s choice to short, bringing in second-baseman Jamie Fuoco (Pierrefonds, Que.), a junior.

Two plays later, Hroch came home after DH James Vardy (Pointe Claire, Que.), smacked a double to right field.

Concordia quickly replied with their only run of the day on a sacrifice fly by Alex Hall, closing the gap to 2-1. But McGill cashed in two james Pavelickmore runs in the third. With the bases loaded, right-fielder James Pavelick (Surrey, BC.) singled to left, scoring both Levis and Welence to make it 4-1.

“Small ball” paid off again in the fourth, as third-baseman Robert Sedin (Sunnyvale, Calif.) made it 5-1 with an RBI-single to bring home Vardy. Two innings later, Welence tallied the game’s final run on a fielder’s choice by Fuoco.

Winning the national championship served as vengeance for McGill against Concordia, who won five of the previous eight matchups against the Redmen this fall, including a 3-1 decision to capture the CCBA Northern Division title on Oct. 19.

“Concordia’s a good team and we said coming in that we figured the two best teams would be us and Concordia,” added Starr, who also won national titles as a position coach with the Redmen in 2006 and 2010. “Even the games that we lost against them by one run, we knew that if we could just do some little things better and execute and not leave runners on base, we’d have a chance. The guys came in super confident today.”

REDMEN RAP: McGill posted a stellar 21-9 record on the campaign overall, including a 14-6 regular season mark … The Redmen collected three of the four CCBA major post-game honours, including the most outstanding pitcher award, which went to Ryan Kramer, who struck out 13 and gave up just three hits in a 2-0 shutout over Montreal in the Sunday morning semifinal …. The others went to the aforementioned Jones and Welence… McGill seniors expected to graduate include OFs Adam Gordon (Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Que.) and Daniel Porter (Coaticook, Que.), along with pitchers Landen Moore (Ottawa, Ont.), Elliott Ariganello (Toronto, Ont.) and Simon Ehrmantraut (Vancouver, BC).

CCBA CHAMPIONSHIP ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
C Jean-Christophe Paquin (Concordia)
1B Spencer Montgomery (UNB)
2B Jamie Fuoco (McGill)
jamie FuocoSS Matthew Litwin (Concordia)
3B Simon Brisebois (Montreal)
OF Daniel Paklarian (Concordia)
OF Andre Lagarde (Concordia)
OF Francis Desnoyers (Montreal)
DH Vincent Ally (Montreal)

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME MVP: Tim Jones (McGill)

OUTSTANDING HITTER: Jean-Christophe Paquin (Concordia)

OUTSTANDING PITCHER: Ryan Kramer (McGill)

TOURNAMENT MVP: Tyler Welence (McGill)

CANADIAN INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONS
1994 McGill
1995 Laval
1996 Dalhousie
1997 McMaster
1998 Brock

1999 Brock
2000 Laval
2001 Laval
2002 Laval
2003 UNB

2004 Queen’s
2005 Cape Breton
2006 McGill
2007 UNB
2008 UNB

2009 Concordia
2010 McGill
2011 Durham College
2012 St. Clair College
2013 Windsor

2014 McGill

CCBA CHAMPIONSHIP BOX
TEAM 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
McGill 0 2 2 1 0 1 0 6 6 2
Concordia 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 2

McGill University
McGill Batting AB R H RBI BB K
Alex Levis LF 2 1 0 0 2 0
Tyler Welence SS 3 2 2 0 1 1
Rob Sedin 3B 2 0 1 1 1 1
Jamie Fuoco 2B 3 1 1 1 1 0
James Pavelick RF 4 0 1 2 0 1
Zach Aaron 1B 3 0 0 0 1 1
Rocky HrochCF 4 1 0 1 0 2
James Vardy DH 4 1 1 1 0 1
Steven Rintoul C 2 0 0 0 0 1
Totals 27 6 6 6 6 8

2B: Tyler Welence, James Vardy
TB: Jamie Fuoco, Tyler Welence3, Rob Sedin, James Pavelick, James Vardy2
RBI: Jamie Fuoco, Rocky Hroch, Rob Sedin, James Pavelick2, James Vardy
SAC: Rob Sedin, Steven Rintoul
LOB: 8
E: Jamie Fuoco, Tim Jones

McGill Pitching IP #P TB H R ER BB K HR S%
Tim Jones 7.0 114 35 7 1 0 2 8 0 .693
Totals 7.0 114 35 7 1 0 2 8 0 .693

WP: Tim Jones
WP: Tim Jones
Pitches-Strikes: Tim Jones 114-79
Groundouts-Flyouts: Tim Jones 4-5
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Tim Jones 18-30

Concordia University
Concordia Batting AB R H RBI BB K
Matthew Litwin SS 3 0 2 0 1 0
Andre Lagarde CF 4 0 0 0 0 1
Anthony Marandola 1B 4 0 0 0 0 3
Jean-Christophe Paquin C 3 0 1 0 0 1
Sam Lamothe 3B 2 1 1 0 1 1
Johnathan Raftus PR 0 0 0 0 0 0
Daniel Paklarian LF 3 0 1 0 0 1
Roberto Zapata DH 3 0 1 0 0 0
Alex Hall 2B 2 0 1 1 0 0
Daniel Thaw RF 2 0 0 0 0 1
Peter Zidros PH 1 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 27 1 7 1 2 8

2B: Alex Hall, Roberto Zapata
TB: Sam Lamothe, Alex Hall2, Roberto Zapata2, Matthew Litwin2, Jean-Christophe Paquin, Daniel Paklarian
RBI: Alex Hall
SF: Alex Hall
SB: Roberto Zapata
Team LOB: 7
E: Alex Hall, Matthew Litwin

ConcordiaPitching IP #P TB H R ER BB K HR S%
Brandon Berkovits 3.1 61 23 4 5 2 3 5 0 .623
Sam Belisle-Springer 0.2 17 8 1 0 0 1 1 0 .529
Andre Lagarde 3.0 47 24 1 1 1 2 2 0 .489
Totals 7.0 125 55 6 6 3 6 8 0 .560

LP: Brandon Berkovits
WP: Andre Lagarde2
Pitches-Strikes: Brandon Berkovits61-38, Sam Belisle-Springer 17-9, Andre Lagarde 47-23
Groundouts-Flyouts: Brandon Berkovits3-1, Sam Belisle-Springer 0-0, Andre Lagarde 2-4
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Brandon Berkovits 13-19, Sam Belisle-Springer 2-4, Andre Lagarde 5-12.

2014 CCBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHP RESULTS
POOL A POOL B
Holland College Univ. of New Brunswick
Concordia University Saint Mary’s University
McGill University Universite de Montreal

DATE WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM
Oct. 24 UNB 2 Holland 1
Oct. 24 Concordia 15 Saint Mary’s 1
Oct. 24 McGill 8 UNB 0
Oct. 24 Concordia 5 Montreal 4
Oct. 24 Montreal 8 Holland 0
Oct. 24 McGill 6 Saint Mary’s 1
Oct. 25 Concordia 4 UNB 2
Oct. 25 Montreal 9 McGill 2
Oct. 25 Saint Mary’s 3 Holland 2

TIE-BREAKER
Oct. 26 Saint Mary’s 10 UNB 5

SEMIFINALS
Oct. 26 Concordia 8 Saint Mary’s 1
Oct. 26 McGill 2 Montreal 0

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:
Oct. 26 McGill 6 Concordia 1

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