Game Recap: NAU club baseball vs. University of San Diego

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Posted: Sunday, May 6, 2018 4:12 pm

It was a sunny and windy day when the NAU took on the University of San Diego in the first game of a three game set on Saturday, April 21. Both offenses came out firing but it was the Lumberjacks who prevailed and got win, 17-13.

Both starters really struggled out of the gate and neither pitcher seemed to find their groove on the mound and that resulted in the bullpens coming in the game far earlier than they expected. Marco Cotto of NAU was the offensive MVP leading the Lumberjacks going 4-5 with three doubles. In the loss, San Diego’s Grant Hill went 2-3 with a grand slam and 5 RBI’s. Without him this game would have been way more lopsided.

It was 13-5 NAU, in the top of the 6th inning when USD started a rally off of NAU starter, Tanner Bradford loading the bases for Hill. Hill then unloaded the grand slam and it went quickly back to an interesting game. However, NAU got three of those runs right back when junior club president Ryan Munoz hit a three run bomb to put to rest any San Diego hope of coming back into this game and winning it. NAU ended up adding one more run to the scoreboard when freshman outfielder Matt Aldridge came through with the insurance RBI single. Those runs proved to be very valuable as NAU closer Tyler Julle gave up another three runs before shutting the door on San Diego.

The win was NAU’s first home victory of the year as they got swept by GCU the weekend prior. After the victory NAU has a record of 5-5 as they try to bounce back and make a run at the Southern Pacific- South conference. The University of San Diego fell to a record of as they seem to be playing for just pride at this point of the season.