Phoenix, AZ - Hofstra scored three runs in the eighth to take a 7-5 lead and held on to win by that score in the second game of a doubleheader versus Grand Canyon University Saturday night at Brazell Stadium. Grand Canyon won game one, 10-3.
The Pride (1-2) picked up their first win of the 2014 season in the nightcap. The Antelopes slipped to 3-4 on the year.
Hofstra jumped out to a 1-0 lead in game two as Eric Ferguson led off with a double and came in two batters later on Dalton Rouleau’s single. The Antelopes answered in the bottom of the frame, scoring one run off starter Alec Eisenberg, who was making his Hofstra debut. Eisenberg walked his first two batters and after a double steal, Matt Haggerty delivered a run-scoring single.
The Pride took a 3-1 lead in the third as Rouleau walked and came in on a double by Matt Ford. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Ryan Donovan drove in the run with a sacrifice fly. The teams traded runs in each of their next turns at bat before Grand Canyon took a 5-4 lead with three runs in the fifth of reliever David Jesch.
The score remained that way until the Pride eighth when pinch hitter Brian MacDonald hit a one-out double to right center and moved to third on a failed pickoff attempt. Ferguson then singled in the tying run. Kenny Jackson followed with a double that put runners on second and third before a wild pitch advanced the runners with Ferguson scoring the go ahead run. Antelope reliever Jaren Drummond then walked the next three batters, including Donovan to force in another run.
Grand Canyon threatened in the bottom of the inning, putting two on against MacDonald. But in his debut, the junior transfer induced a fielder’s choice grounder and then a strikeout before allowing the runners to advance on a wild pitch. An intentional walk loaded the bases, but Garret Jeffries struck out to end the threat. The Antelopes threatened again in the ninth against closer Brett Schreiber, as Michael Pomeroy doubled with two outs and Haggerty walked. But Schreiber struck out Charles Wagner for the save.
Jesch (1-0) picked up the win in relief, allowing four hits and three runs in four innings. Malcolm Purdy (0-1) took the loss for the Antelopes. Ford went 3-4 in the game while Ferguson was 3-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Rouleau and Jackson had two hits each.
In the opener, Grand Canyon scored five runs in the fifth with the big blow a grand slam from Chad De La Guerra and posted a 10-3 win. Hofstra had rallied from a 2-0 deficit with two runs in the third. Jackson drove in one run with a double. Grand Canyon starter Andrew Naderer went eight innings and allowed three runs on five hits to even his record at 1-1. Nick Kozlowski took the loss for the Pride, allowing six earned runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He did strike out five batters.
The series concludes Sunday at Noon (EST).