By: Taylor Browne/GCU Staff
The Lopes’ losing streak is broken.
Days after the defense for Grand Canyon University Club Softball struggled against San Diego State University, the Lopes rebounded for a doubleheader sweep over Dakota County Technical College, 11-4 and 6-4, at the GCU Softball Stadium Monday afternoon .
The sweep restored some lost confidence after GCU was swept in three games over the weekend at San Diego State, 10-9, 11-10 and 11-2. On Monday, the Lopes rallied back to their true form to end a six-game losing streak.
“The past couple of games were like night and day,” said Lopes’ Club Softball Head Coach Lindsey Collins. “The team that I saw over the weekend is not the team that I’m used to. The frustrating part about being a coach is you know what they have and what they can give. It’s when you don’t see it, especially in a three-game series, you wonder, ‘Where is that team that I know?’”
Luckily, the Lopes found their momentum in the first game against Dakota County with 25 hits and a strong defense.
“We played amazing,” said Lopes’ senior Launa Jones. “Coming off of six straight losses is not easy to come back from. We came together completely and found our momentum.”
With grit and refusal to lose another game, the Lopes pulled through with a second win.
“We came back strong,” said Lopes’ Alex Burcham. “We needed to figure out what needed to change and we decided that we wanted to have each other’s backs, so that’s what we did today.”
It was also the second year that GCU Club Softball played a doubleheader on the GCU Softball Stadium field, where the club players got a taste of a Division I atmosphere.
“We got our vibe back,” said Collins. “They figured it out after the first pitch. I give them major respect to come back after six straight losses. I give them all the credit. It had nothing to do with me and everything to do with the team.”
The Lopes are back in action April 6 as they take on the University of California-Los Angeles in a tripleheader series in Los Angeles.