Teams 1, 2 each take 2 of 3 in NCBA series play
By David Carter/GCU Club Sports Web Marketing Intern
It was a good weekend for GCU Club Baseball. The No. 20 ranked Division 1 team defeated No. 11 Arizona State University (ASU) and the Division 2 team defeated University of San Diego (USD) in two of the three games each team played.
GCU D1: Gm 1: GCU 12, ASU 8; Gm 2: GCU 8, ASU 2; Gm 3: ASU 11, GCU 5
“Offensively, we had our best series yet,” said Lopes’ Head Coach Rich Warnol on the weekend series versus ASU. “Our pitching was good – especially in game 2 when Matt McWilliams pitched a complete game for us.”
The shot in the arm the GCU offense got was in the form of power, since three Lopes hitters combined for four home runs in the three games. Lopes’ first baseman Zach Broussely led the way with two home runs in his four hits, with GCU shortstop Jason Ochoa and outfielder Chasen Castilliano each hitting a round-tripper themselves. David Macias had six hits in the three games – including three doubles – and Ochoa had five hits total with the homer and a triple, knocking in 5 runs.
On the pitching side, McWilliams stepped up for the Lopes in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader with a seven-inning complete-game win, allowing just two earned runs while striking out three batters.
Although the Lopes played well this weekend, Sunday’s loss hurt, since it leaves no margin for error for the Lopes with nine NCBA games remaining.
“(Thanks to rainouts in February), we have to play three games each weekend for the next three weeks,” said Warnol. “If we win all nine games, we are league champs. We have to continue what we did this weekend, and pitch a little better for the next three series.”
GCU D2: Gm 1: GCU 6, USD 3; Gm 2: GCU 4, USD 3; Gm 3: USD 5, GCU 3
Taking advantage of their lone opportunity this season to play in Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark, the GCU Division II team also won two of the three games they played against USD.
The Lopes had important pitching performances in the first and second games to get the sweep of Saturday’s doubleheader. In the first game, pitcher Seth Cunningham pitched 6 complete innings to pick up his third win of the year and stay undefeated. Lopes’ pitcher Daniel Ureste fell one out short of matching Cunningham’s seven-inning complete game in the nightcap, firing 6 2/3 innings and holding the Toreros’ offense down long enough for the Lopes to break a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 7th on GCU 3rd baseman Noah Calderon’s walk-off single. GCU’s Michael Quintana went 6-for-9 on the weekend with 3 RBI and 3 stolen bases.
The D2 team will have a busy schedule as well, as they will play two three-game series in the coming two weekends.
The D1 team will next travel to San Diego, California to play San Diego State University in a three-game series and the D2 team will next play against ASU’s D2 team at Washington High School in Phoenix. Both teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 13 starting at 10 am, then a 10 am single game on Sunday, April 14.
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