Lopes peak in last 2 games
By: Zach Melcher/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff
Strong performances lead to success.
The Grand Canyon University Club Baseball team ended their season on a high note, winning two of their final three games, beating Oregon Diamond Sports, 10-7; then avenging a 9-7 loss to Ottawa University with a 4-3 win in the nightcap of the doubleheader.
GCU 10, Oregon Diamond Sports 7
The Lopes relied on a combination of successful offense and consistent defense to beat Oregon Diamond Sports.
Trailing by three runs heading to the bottom of the 5th inning, the GCU offense came alive with a six-run barrage to take the lead for good, then added two more runs in the 8th inning for insurance.
Although Oregon fought back in the 9th inning to bring the tying run to the plate, Lopes’ reliever Simon Siggins-Bell got the final ODS hitter to fly out to left field to seal the win.
The Lopes’ offense was led by the Lopes’ catching duo of Connor Lawrence and Jonah Zembik. Lawrence went 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and three runs batted in before giving way to Zembik in the 6th inning. Zembik then went 2-for-2 with an RBI sealing the Lopes’ triumph.
Gm 1: Ottawa 9, GCU 7; Gm 2: GCU 4, Ottawa 3
The Lopes ended their season with a split with Ottawa University.
In Game 1, after managing just a single run in the first six innings, GCU picked up the offensive pace with a six-run 7th inning, but it wasn’t enough to complete the comeback. Brett McKenzie, Brandon Wolf and Angel Betancourt each had two hits for the Lopes in the loss.
In Game 2, the Lopes were more efficient both offensively and defensively.
The timely offense of GCU started with a two-run home run in the 4th inning by the Lopes’ Dominic Lopez. After Ottawa tied the game with two runs of their own in the 6th inning, the Lopes’ Matt Goff broke the tie with a two-out single in the top of the 8th inning that scored a pair of runs.
The Lopes’ defense came up huge in the bottom of the 9th after Lopes’ reliever Jonathan Picazo worked out of a bases-loaded jam by forcing Ottawa’s final hitter to ground out to Lopes’ second basemen Jordan Alexander for the final out.
Picazo picked up the save in relief of Lopes’ starting pitcher Ty Magin, who threw eight complete innings with 11 strikeouts, allowing just three runs.
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