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Jake Benjamin (2) launched two homers in his first two at-bats on Tuesday night against Durham.

After a seemingly endless stream of painstakingly close losses, George Brown men’s baseball finally took out one of the provinces elite program’s in a 6-5 game two win over Durham on Tuesday night.


“We’ve scratched and clawed all season, shown we can compete with the best at this level,” said head coach Tom Valcke. “The next step for us is to find a way to win rather than lose consistently; it’s a great feeling to finally have a one-run game go our way. In 2008 I was at the Olympics and Team Canada lost five games by one run. Those are the losses that eat away at you, and we’ve had several this year.”


After falling behind 2-0, the Huskies bats came alive for their most potent inning of the season in the bottom of the second. Nine George Brown batters came to the plate before an out was recorded, with Robin Fox-Pappas, Kakeru Nakanishi, Kaelan Estabrooks and Anthony Buonaiuto all driving runs in. A total of eleven Huskies batters came to bat in the inning.


David DeCassan, Quentin Fleming and John Lamanna combined for the win on the mound. DeCassan provided three and two-thirds innings of two-run ball in a solid start, and Fleming set Lamanna up for the save opportunity. With a runner on first and none out, he proceeded to get a punch out and a couple of pop outs to close the night and earn the program a big win.


“This is a nice one to get, but we need to close the season strong this weekend,” said Valcke. “Our goal at the beginning of the year was to beat each team in the conference, and we can still get four out of the five done.”


A lack of pitching depth wound up costing the Huskies in game one. Ace John Lamanna provided a solid three innings of work to open game one, but the Huskies were unable to patch together much else on the mound.


Jake Benjamin had a monster night at the plate, hitting two homers in his first two at-bats. The 6’0” shortstop’s second shot was a rope to right field, and he was finally rewarded after hitting the ball sharply for much of the season.


“I was seeing the ball well all night, and took advantage,” said Benjamin. “Hopefully we can start putting this program, George Brown baseball on the map and head into next year with some momentum.”


Robin Fox-Pappas knocked in his seventh RBI of the season for the Huskies third and final run of the game.


Next up the Huskies will play host to St. Clair on Saturday, October 14 at Christie Pits. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1pm. 


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For the full 2017 men’s baseball schedule please click here.