October 26, 2017 By Jesse Vineyard/GCU Staff The weather may be cooling off, but the bats are already heating up. Grand Canyon University club baseball went 4-0 over the past weekend in Tucson, outscoring their opponents, 33-6, in the process, capturing the 2017 Wildcat Classic title. “We’ve been working pretty hard this fall,” said senior pitcher Jarrett McDonald. “It was just a lot of hard work coming together in one weekend.” The highlight of the tournament was the championship game where the Lopes matched up with last year’s Southern Pacific South Conference Champions, Arizona State. The game was scoreless entering the fourth inning, but GCU’s offense woke up as they scored eight times in the inning, sent 13 batters to the plate, and strung together six straight hits with two outs. The Lopes added two more in the fifth inning to end the game in five innings, winning 10-0. GCU finished directly behind ASU in the conference last season, narrowly missing a shot at the regional playoffs.
This time around, the Lopes did not disappoint in putting the Sun Devils on notice. “I’ll tell you what, winning the trophy was sweet, but putting up eight runs in one inning against ASU was probably the highlight of my weekend,” said McDonald. The offensive explosion started in the first game where the Lopes ran through the Long Beach State 49ers, 11-0. GCU opened up a 6-0 lead in the first inning, and pitcher Emilio Artica did the rest of the work, striking out seven and allowing just two hits in the five-inning game. The Lopes then got past California Miramar University, 8-3, and Northern Arizona University, 4-3, before meeting ASU in the final. Zach Broussely led with six RBIs in the tournament, while David Macias and Matt Dolewski each knocked in five. “It is the biggest sigh of relief as a pitcher when your offense does the work,” said McDonald, who earned the win in the second game versus California Miramar. “It is a big security blanket, and it relaxes you a lot.” Much work is to be done, however. With fall ball running strong and the spring season still a few months away, GCU club baseball can only continue to build off this fall championship. “We have gotten better, but we have a lot of work to do,” said McDonald. “If we want to continue winning like we did, we have a lot of work we have to put in. It’s not something we can take from here and transfer it over to January. “It comes down to just being a team.” Tags:Baseball, club baseball, fall ball Previous Story GCU Acapella Club Performs at Thunderground Showcase Next Story GCU Ultimate Frisbee Gains Experience in First Fall Tournament
Description Andy Stankiewicz invites you to the Lopes Elite Pitching & Catching Camp. This is a premier pitching and catching camp that is directed to help prepare you for the upcoming spring season. This specialized camp will give you one on one professional instruction. Pitchers GCU Pitching Coach Rich Dorman will be instructing and watching you throw off the mound in an individualized bullpen session . During the two day camp you will go through mechanical and mental strategies to improve you as a pitcher. This camp will also cover proper stretching technique, pitcher catch play routines, bullpen routines, arm care maintenance and individual defense regarding pitcher fielding plays. If you are a pitcher this is a great opportunity to learn from one of the best pitching coaches in the country, who has developed numerous Major League Baseball players.
Catchers GCU assistant baseball coach Justin Gemoll will be teaching and fine tuning you as a catcher before the season begins. You will receive over six hours of one on one catching instruction from coach Gemoll. In this specialized camp coach Gemoll will instruct you in the proper receiving technique, blocking, throwing, pop flies, fielding bunts, plays at the plate and developing and understanding pitcher catcher communication. This is a great opportunity to cover every aspect of the catching position and be reinforced over the two day camp. What to Bring Baseball Glove Baseball Pants Catchers bring Catching gear Athletic cup Baseball Cleats Athletic Shoes About the Grand Canyon University Baseball Academy The Grand Canyon University Baseball Academy is designed to teach students solid fundamental baseball skills as well as to raise their level of understanding of the game of baseball. Our purpose is to provide each camper with the instruction and encouragement needed to develop individual skills to a greater level. In addition, we want the camper to be aware that individual skills are best utilized when they are incorporated into a team concept. We will emphasize how individuals work together on a field to form a baseball “team.” Waiver Information Medical forms will be attached to your e-mailed receipt and are available online. Please print fill out and bring to camp.
Download Waiver Form Directions Grand Canyon University Brazell Stadium 3300 West Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 85017 Meals Meals will not be provided. Merchandise Grand Canyon University Baseball merchandise will be available for purchase at this session. Miscellaneous Information What if I have to cancel a camp? We do not offer refunds on cancelled campers, just a future camp credit if you decide to cancel, but we do have what is called “Cancellation Protection”. We offer basic Cancellation Protection to allow participants some peace of mind in case plans change. This allows us to keep our prices low and provide the best service possible. Due at the time of registration, Cancellation Protection entitles you to a full refund of camp fees should you cancel your registration more than 14 days prior to the start of an overnight camp, and 7 days prior to the start of a day camp. If you cancel within 14 or 7 days of the start of your session, we will give you a camp credit for all money paid. The credit is valid for three years from camp date. Credit with insurance is transferable to family members or friends, and good toward a future camp. Please check your email regularly as this is our primary way we communicate. Any additional information that we need to convey as the camp draws closer will be passed on to you via the e-mail address that you supplied when you signed up for camp. Please make it a habit to check your e-mail daily, this will eliminate any confusion and or miscommunication.
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