Lopes split pair of games at Arizona Christian
By: Zach Melcher/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff
After waiting more than 300 days, the Lopes can finally play ball.
The Grand Canyon University Club Baseball teams were back in the swing of things last week for a pair of games against Arizona Christian University’s JV squad at Dream City Christian School in Glendale. The Lopes’ Team 2 team bounced back from Team 1’s 17-7 loss earlier in the week by salvaging a 7-7 tie.
GCU 7, Arizona Christian 7 (F/9)
Game 2 of the two-game series saw Team 2 find success with their bats early, exploding in the second inning for seven runs – highlighted by a bases-loaded triple from Sebastian Ortiz and a Sheldon Medina double that plated two more.
The Lopes spent the rest of the game watching their lead slowly shrink – thanks to their defense. The Firestorm got on the board with a run in the third inning, then used Lopes’ errors to post two-run innings in the 7th, 8th and 9th.
With the sun setting at the end of nine innings, the teams decided to end the game in a 7-7 tie. Ortiz led the Lopes in hitting, going 3-for-4 with the triple. Lopes’ starting pitcher Ty Magin had a fantastic inaugural effort on the hill, striking out 10 Firestorm hitters over four complete innings.
“Since it was the team’s first time out, it was important to shake off the bugs,” said Lopes’ D2 Head Coach Kim Carpenter. “Overall, we swung the bat well and were able to put the ball in play. We just need to work on maintaining a solid defense.”
Arizona Christian 17, GCU 7
Three days earlier, despite holding the lead for much of the first six innings, the Lopes’ Team 1 saw ACU storm back to send 17 men to the plate in the 7th inning to come from behind and win, 17 -7. GCU 3rd baseman Bryce Arana led the way offensively with a 3-run homer to stake the Lopes to the lead in the 4th inning.
Team 2 will be back in action this Thursday, February 11 against Ottawa University followed next week with Team 1 taking on Ottawa University Monday, February 15. Both games will be played at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, and due to COVID-19 protocols, fans will not be allowed to attend.
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