Phoenix, AZ - Junior Eric Ferguson had two hits, a stolen base and a run scored in his Hofstra debut, but Jorge Perez threw a complete game six-hitter for Grand Canyon in an 8-1 Antelopes victory.
Hofstra falls to 0-1 as the game marked the Pride's season opener. Grand Canyon improves to 2-3 on the young season.
The Pride got things started in the bottom of the first as Ferguson, a transfer from Temple, reached on an infield single with one out and moved to third on a single from senior Kenny Jackson. Following a strikeout, the Pride executed a delayed double steal with Jackson taking second and Ferguson coming in to score.
The Antelopes would tie the score in the bottom of the first, putting together three consecutive hits to plate the equalizer. Chad De La Guerra reached on an infield single and went to third on a single by Michael Pomeroy. Josh Meyer followed with a single that scored De La Guerra before Pride senior starter David D'Errico was able to get out of the inning.
Grand Canyon would take the lead for good in the second as Paul Paccione led off with a single and came in to score on Garrett Jeffries double. Three batters later, David Walker delivered a two-out single that scored Jeffries for a 3-1 lead.
That would be enough for Perez (1-1), who allowed just one Hofstra batter to reach second base the rest of the way. Perez struck out three and walked just one in evening his record.
Grand Canyon would tack on two runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to account for the final score.
D'Errico (0-1) took the loss for the Pride, allowing three runs on eight hits in 3-plus innings of work. Senior John Schilt was the first reliever out of the bullpen and allowed five runs in 2 1/3 innings. Junior Kevin Weissheier, senior Graham Tebbit and freshman Kieran Ryan combined for 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
De La Guerra finished the night 4-4 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored, while Walker added three hits and three RBIs for the Antelopes.
Ferguson was the only Pride player with more than one hit. Senior Dalton Rouleau had a double in three at-bats while Jackson, senior Robbie Cafiero and redshirt freshman David Leiderman each had one hit. Leiderman's second inning single was his first collegiate hit.
The Pride and the Antelopes continue their four-game series with a doubleheader Saturday. First pitch at Brazell Stadium is set for 3 p.m. EST.