By: Taylor Browne/GCU Staff
The Grand Canyon University Club Softball team took advantage of hosting their first three-game series of the year, taking two of three games from San Diego State University. The Lopes rebounded from a 9-8 loss in Game 1 by taking the last two games of the series, 20-9 and 8-7. The series was played this past weekend in North Phoenix this past weekend.
With GCU’s second series of the National Club Softball Association completed, Lopes’ Club Softball Head Coach Lindsey Collins was impressed that her team rallied after the initial loss.
“It was a good lesson learned,” said Collins. “I would rather us lose in the beginning than at the end. SDSU is the one team we wanted to beat, and we made the corrections needed to get those last two wins.”
The Lopes struggled to adjust at the plate in Game 1.
“The (Aztecs) pitcher was slower than what we’re used to,” said Collins. “We didn’t make the adjustment, and that is what makes a good team a better team. We started coming back, but we didn’t make that correction until the fifth inning.”
The offensive frustrations of that first-game loss came out in waves in a twenty-run explosion in Game 2.
“When it clicked, it clicked,” said Collins. “We went on a hitting spree. We sat back on the plate and I kept pushing them on the bases. This is the team that I was waiting for.”
While the outcome of the third game was much closer, the continued disciple at the plate helped the Lopes close out the series.
“I will give them credit for being able to make adjustments to the pitcher,” said Collins. “That is why we won that game, but that pitcher had us.”
The Lopes’ fast start (5-1 in NCSA play) puts them atop the Pacific Region South Conference standing. However, their next challenge will come this weekend in southern California against second-place UCLA (6-3).
“We will be working on situations—all things defense and all things offense,” said Collins. “All around, we have to be prepared for whatever UCLA has for us.”