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Battle of the Students ends with a walk off.

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Latrobe Uni grab points from Monash Uni

By SALLY HEPPLESTON

 

LA TROBE University Baseball Club won in a walk-off nail biter against university rivals Monash in round 15 of the Melbourne Winter Baseball League B Grade competition at La Trobe’s home diamond on Saturday.

The 4-3 win now puts La Trobe one game clear in the top four.

La Trobe coach Alex Turlea said Jimmy Furhmann had two hits and while Tom Wilson didn’t have any hits, he still scored for his club three times. Thom Irwin also hit a double.

He said D’Arcy Mills also pitched well, and that only two of the runs hit off him were earned.

Turlea also praised Monash pitcher Kiyotaka Ondera, who threw the ball well all day.

Monash coach Michael Hunt said Ondera, who is a teacher at Monash, threw the complete match and had been impressive for the club for the past few weeks.

Hunt said while it was disappointing to go down in such a close game, it was the fielding that ultimately cost his team the win.

“We just can’t seem to win the close games, but thems the breaks,” he said.

Monash come up against sixth placed Doncaster next week who will be looking to claim a spot inside the top four.

“We beat them last time, so we’ll just have to see how we go,” Hunt said.

La Trobe face top side Forest Hill next week, who have only lost one match for the season, which was against La Trobe when they played them earlier in the season.

In other B Grade results, Waverley had an easy win over Bundoora 9-0, Forest Hill thrashed Croydon 17-0, Diamond Creek beat Melbourne University 4-0 and Doncaster got over the North Coburg Rebels 6-3.