LUBBOCK, Texas (February 1, 2014) – The Lubbock Christian University Chaparrals completed their first tripleheader under head coach Nathan Blackwood's guidance and after falling 1-0 in the opener, they rebounded with a 6-2 and 5-0 victory to claim their season opening series over Adams State Saturday afternoon at Hays Field.
The opening contest was a pitcher's duel between LCU's Jack Mabe and ASU's Andrew MacMahon. Each went the distance in the seven inning contest for the complete game, and each pitcher only allowed four hits. Mabe struck out nine batters in the losing effort. The Grizzlies scored the game's lone run in the fourth inning by manufacturing a run. Dillon Bollig followed a Daven Nelson one-out single with a double before Nelson scored on a groundout hit by Jerrid Huggins. LCU had a chance to rally in the sixth inning with Ethan Kohnle reaching on a lead-off single, but he was left stranded at second base after Wade Stramp fouled out and Hunter McFall grounded out to end the threat. ASU's left fielder Drew Wold made a tremendous catch diving in foul territory in left field to help close out the bottom of the sixth inning.
The middle game nearly witnessed a no-hitter by LCU's Brig Gerlich. The Odessa College transfer was three outs away from a no-no, but the bid was ended with a lead-off triple by Dillon Granzella, who would score on a sacrifice fly. ASU had a 1-0 lead after a trio of LCU errors in the second inning led to an unearned run. LCU would be the beneficiary of some errors in the fifth inning, as they scored three runs off a pair of hits and a pair of ASU errors for a 3-1 lead. They scored three more runs in the sixth inning for a 6-1 lead. Two of the runs came off the bat of Josh Powe, who went 2-for-2 in the game. Gerlich finished the game allowing an earned run off three hits in 6.2 innings pitched without a walk allowed. J.D. Heredia suffered the loss on the mound for ASU, as he allowed three runs off five hits in five innings of work.
The third game also featured a solid pitching performance, as Jarret Porter and Tim Carlson combined for a shutout on the mound for the Chaps. Surprisingly, LCU won despite just two hits. They scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning off a wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk. A two-run double by McFall led to a three-run sixth inning for insurance and a 5-0 lead. Porter pitched five innings and allowed only three hits before handing the ball over to Carlson, who pitched the final two innings and claimed the save. The Grizzlies went through four pitchers in the game and they held LCU to two hits, but surrendered 11 walks. Kyle Sedlak was saddled with the loss (0-1) for ASU.
The games were the season openers for both programs. LCU (2-1) went to 8-3 in season openers under head coach Nathan Blackwood and the shutout loss marked the first time the Chaps opened the season being shutout since losing 4-0 to Texas State in 2000. They are scheduled for their first road series beginning Friday in Las Vegas, N.M. against New Mexico Highlands.