Team 1 tops Utah State; Team 2 sweeps Cal-State San Marcos
By David Carter/GCU Club Sports Web Marketing Intern
In their final games before spring break on the GCU campus, both of GCU Club Baseball’s top two teams went undefeated in four games last weekend. The Lopes’ Division 1 team defeated National Club Baseball Association foe Utah State University (USU) 5-3, in a non-conference affair Monday; while the D2 team won their three games against California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) by scores of 10-3, 9-5, and 4-1, respectively.
GCU D1 Team: GCU 5, USU 3
“Although we did not play that well, we still got a win out of it.”
GCU’s defensive struggles against USU may have given Lopes’ Head Coach Rich Warnol pause, and allowed three Aggie runs to score, but he and the team still had plenty of things to cheer about. Pitchers Nick Hershey and Matthew McWilliams threw four and five innings, respectively, combining to strike out 13 USU hitters in the game.
“Our pitchers only gave up four hits in the nine innings,” said Warnol. “We are giving teams runs because of the errors we are making defensively. Defensively, we gave up 6 errors, and our pitchers walked one guy and hit two more, so we gave up nine extra bases.”
On the offensive side, Lopes’ first baseman Zach Broussely and third baseman David Macias led the way with a pair of hits each, while shortstop Jason Ochoa was a key contributor with a double and two runs scored.
GCU D2 Team: Gm 1: GCU 10, CSUSM 3; Gm 2: GCU 9, CSUSM 5; Gm 3: GCU 4, CSUSM 1
After losing two of three games in their first Pacific South Region series of the year 2 weeks ago at Arizona State, GCU bounced back by holding Cal-State San Marcos to just nine runs in the three-game sweep.
The Lopes had key contributions from both the pitching and hitting sides of the ball. In the first game, pitcher Seth Cunningham allowed just one earned run and struck out six over five innings of work to get the win. In the third game, pitcher Daniel Ureste closed out the sweep with a complete-game six-hitter. On the hitting side, shortstop Michael Quintana tore up Aggie pitching, going 7-for-12 in the three games with a triple, 2 stolen bases and 3 runs scored.
“Our team defense improved from (the ASU series),” said GCU Club Baseball D2 Coach Fred Speck. “Not giving anything away is really important. Offensively, we have to make sure we are executing during whatever the situation calls for. We need to put the ball in play and put as much pressure on the other team’s defense as possible.”
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