By: K.J. Wylie/GCU Staff
A bittersweet victory.
The Grand Canyon University Club Softball team had a team meeting following their tripleheader against California State University, Fullerton. Despite winning two out of the three games, 17-6 and 21-19, the Lopes were not overly pleased with the performance-in large part to the slow start to the weekend that saw them drop the first game, 11-9.
GCU’s Launa Jones and Ashley Meisinger were some of the top contributors over the weekend with four runs batted in each. Meg Sullivan continued to be a reliable source of hitting as she went 4-for-4 at the plate for the Lopes.
This was the second straight week that GCU lost the first of a three-game series, and Lopes’ Head Coach Lindsey Collins wanted to ensure this doesn’t become a habit.
“We did open discussion, and this was the first time we did as a team,” said Price. “It was a breakthrough, because everyone had to go around and talk about what we need from each other.”
As the season stands right now, Grand Canyon is in a solid position to reappear in the postseason and replicate their success from a year ago. However, Price noticed a dangerous statistic about her team that she has never seen before.
“This year, we score more runs when we have two outs on us,” said Price. “We produce better under pressure. In that first game, there’s not much pressure. Then we double the runs in the second game and third game after pressure builds up.”
Because the Lopes will not be participating in a regional tournament this year, their bid to the playoffs is entirely reliant on a strong regular season playoff.
Grand Canyon will have some time to prepare before seeing if a team intervention is what the doctor ordered. The Lopes take the field next in a home matchup against San Diego State University in two weeks. The tripleheader will be held at North Canyon High School and first pitch is at 10 am. Admission is free.
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