By: Taylor Browne/GCU Staff
The Grand Canyon University Club Softball team opened the 2019 campaign in dominating fashion, sweeping the University of California, Irvine in a three-game series, 11-3, 15-2, and 15-2, this past weekend in southern California.
“I was impressed with the level of intensity,” said Lopes’ Club Softball Head Coach Lindsey Collins about the team’s fast start. “Last year, we struggled with intensity, and we had a good discussion about everyone’s role on the team. We made sure we did a better job communicating, and I saw that the first game.”
With fresh talent on the team, Collins is already enthralled by the freshmen stepping up to the plate.
“One of the big game influences of the three game series was freshman Kylie Carganilla,” said Collins. “It was the third inning of the first game that she came in, first pitch, first at-bat, and hit a double. Just with that intensity, everyone fed off of that.”
The excitement levels are starting off early in the season, and already have three games that count towards the road to the National Club Softball Association (NCSA) World Series.
“This was a good experience to see what everyone can do—especially the freshmen,” said Collins. “Every single player got multiple innings.”
The Lopes are back in action today (Tuesday) as they take on Mesa Community College in a doubleheader in Mesa.
“We love playing Mesa Community College because it is a step above,” said Collins. “It’s not what we usually see, and the girls love the competition. It is more about stepping up their game and seeing if they can rise the occasion against better competition.”