Lopes salvage one win in battle for first place in SoPac South
By: Garrett Osterode/GCU Staff
After a strong showing the week before, the Lopes’ bats came to a screeching halt.
Looking to rally off of their series sweep of the University of Arizona, the Grand Canyon University Club Baseball team lost twice in their three-game set to the Aztecs of San Diego State University at Washington High School in Phoenix. SDSU shut out the Lopes (6-4 overall, 6-3 SoPac South) in Game 1, 2-0, before GCU bounced back for an 8-5 win in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader. The Aztecs (9-3 overall, 9-3 SoPac South) took the series with a 10-1 win on Sunday.
Saturday (Game 1): SDSU 2, GCU 0
Most of the time, when GCU pitcher Nick Fox throws a complete game, surrendering just two runs while striking out eight opposing hitters, Lopes’ Head Coach Rich Warnol and the rest of the squad would like their chances.
That is, of course, unless you are staring into the eyes of SDSU’s Brett Prado, who surrendered just one hit in his five shutout innings of work. Chapman Hennigan was flawless in his relief of Prado, working the final two innings to pick up the save.
The game was a classic pitcher’s duel, remaining scoreless until Brandon Reed and Michael Hovig, the eight and nine hitters in the Aztecs’ lineup connected on back-to-back RBI singles in the sixth inning. Noah Tory recorded the lone Lopes’ hit in the game.
Saturday (Game 2): GCU 8, SDSU 5
Luckily for the Lopes, they got the opportunity to warm up the bats in the second game of the doubleheader. It happened early and often.
GCU jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first two innings thanks to a handful of Aztec miscues.
The Lopes got another solid pitching performance from GCU starter Ben Ineson, who – despite surrendering five runs during his complete game – held onto the lead for the Lopes to get the win.
GCU added two more runs in both the fourth and sixth innings despite racking up just five hits for the game.
Taylor Brooks shined for the Lopes, scoring four times.
Sunday: SDSU 9, GCU 1
The Lopes struck first in the second inning – thanks to a couple of walks and an error by the Aztecs.
Unfortunately for GCU, that is where their scoring came to an end. SDSU’s Alex Sharon stifled the Lopes’ bats for six innings, allowing four hits while striking out two.
SDSU did most of their damage in the third and sixth innings, scoring seven runs combined in the two frames. Victor Ortiz did most of the damage for the Aztecs, collecting three hits and driving in two runs.
DII Lopes: One victory in San Diego
The DII Lopes also dropped two of three home games this past weekend in a three-game series against Southern Utah University that was rescheduled from an earlier rainout. After taking the first game in impressive, run-rule fashion, 12-0, they dropped Games 2 and 3, 10-4 and 12-5, respectively.
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