Mustang teams playoff bound

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

London is playoff central this weekend, with several Mustangs teams looking to defend championships and make the postseason.

Western’s fastball team (20-2) looks to win its second championship in as many years in the Ontario finals this weekend at London’s Stronach Park. The team finished in first place after regular season play, followed by the University of Toronto (17-5) in second.

The ’Stangs will play round robin games on Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at noon and 4 p.m. Playoffs will begin Sunday at 10:30 a.m., followed by more games at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Western will face the Windsor Lancers (10-12) in their first game, followed by the Laurier Golden Hawks (16-6) and the Guelph Gryphons (16-6) on Saturday.

The Mustangs baseball team is also defending a championship this weekend. The ’Stangs are hoping to threepeat in the Ontario University Athletics finals against rival Brock Badgers.

The squad, led by ace pitcher Sean Grimes, plays Friday at 7 p.m. at Labatt Memorial Park in London, and travels to St. Catharines Saturday afternoon for game two. If a third game is needed, the ’Stangs will return home to finish it off.

The women’s field hockey team has a busy home weekend ahead, playing Saturday against Toronto at 10:45 a.m., and twice on Sunday against McGill and York at 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.

Men’s and women’s soccer will also see an action-packed weekend with games both Saturday and Sunday at Brescia Fields.

Both teams will play Waterloo on Saturday, starting with the women at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3:15 p.m. On Sunday, the contests will be against Laurier at the same times.

It’s OUA semi-final time for the first-place women’s rugby team, who play the second-place Guelph Gryphons Saturday afternoon at St. George’s Field at 1 p.m.

Western veteran Tanja Ness leads the OUA in points with 69 and teammate Kelly Russell has been named to the National Senior Women’s team.

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