The Lopes baseball squad doesn’t want their postseason to end, so in order to do that they have to keep winning, which is just what they did on Friday night, beating second-seeded Sonoma State 6-2 in Game 2 of their NCAA Division II West Regional.
Grand Canyon improved its record to 36-16, the most wins the program has had since they won 38 back in 2002, which ironically is the last time they made the postseason.
The Lopes will take on sixth-seeded Chico State on Saturday at 10 a.m. Arizona time.
The Seawolves will play Cal State Monterey Bay in the losers bracket on Saturday at 2 p.m. Arizona time.
Lopes starter Jorge Perez threw his second complete game of the year. He allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Seawolves starting pitcher Glenn Wallace – who came into the game with the third-lowest ERA in the country (1.06) – was knocked out after five innings.
The Lopes were very balanced on the offensive side of things. Brian Kraft, Steven Swingle and Brandon Smith had two hits apiece. Five different batters collected an RBI in the game.