Lopes push through first-series jitters, long layoff at Arizona Christian
By: Maria Adams/GCU Club Sports Writing Staff
The drought is over. Game day has finally come. And gone.
After almost a year of no action against other squads, Grand Canyon University Club Softball got back on the diamond this past weekend, but dropped a doubleheader against Arizona Christian University at Dream City Christian School in Glendale. The long layoff showed as the Lopes dropped both games, 12-2 and 11-0.
Arizona Christian 12, GCU 2 (F/5)
The prolonged 11-month hiatus from game play resulted in the buildup of nerves among the squad.
“They were so nervous (prior to game day),” said Lopes’ Head Coach Lindsey Collins. “They were freaking out. I told them that we have to get those nerves out.”
It didn’t help the Lopes’ temperament when ACU came out strong with 5 runs in the 1st inning of Game 1.
Under the guidance of Lopes’ freshman catcher Meadow Fisk, the team settled in and held the Firestorm to just three runs over the next three innings.
“Meadow definitely stepped up behind the plate,” said Collins. “She did a good job taking control.”
The Lopes scored a run in two of those three innings, but ACU’s four-run 5th was enough to invoke the 10-run mercy rule.
Arizona Christian 11, GCU 0 (F/5)
In the nightcap, the Firestorm offense gave the Lopes trouble again with 11 runs in the first three innings, and the outcome was no longer in doubt.
Despite the lopsided scores, the Lopes found some positive direction going forward.
“Now we know what we need to practice and that is a major positive,” said Collins. “We got the nerves out. Now we can just focus on the next series.”
The Lopes’ next series happens Saturday, February 27 against Ottawa University. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for noon at Willow Canyon High School in Surprise.
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