PHOENIX, Ariz. – Thomas LeRouge's fourth hit of the day, a ninth-inning double off the base of the wall in left field, pushed across the winning run as Grand Canyon defeated Cal Poly 3-2 in the finale of a three-game non-conference baseball series Sunday afternoon in Brazell Stadium.
Grand Canyon broke up a scoreless pitchers' duel with two runs in the bottom of the seventh and Cal Poly answered with two in the top of the eighth, setting the stage for LeRouge's heroics in the bottom of the ninth.
Cal Poly falls to 11-5 with its second straight loss while Grand Canyon improves to 10-5. The Antelopes win the series, two games to one, rebounding from Friday's 7-0 loss with a 16-3 victory Saturday.
A single by LeRouge and a double by Austin Bull tallied the runs for Grand Canyon in the seventh.
Cal Poly tied it in the eighth on a single by John Schuknecht and a double-play ball.
The Mustangs had a chance to take the lead in the ninth, putting runners at first and second with one out, but Kyle Marinconz flied out to center field and Brett Barbier lined out to shortstop to end the threat.
Tyler Wyatt singled to open the bottom of the ninth, moved to second on a groundout and, one out later, LeRouge doubled off the left-field wall to score Wyatt.
The top three batters in the Grand Canyon order went a combined 9-for-13 Sunday. LeRouge had four hits, Austin Bull three and Paul Panacchione two.
Cal Poly's seven hits included a double and triple by Barbier (pictured above) and two singles by Schuknecht. The Mustangs stranded 10 runners on the basepaths.
The win went to Grand Canyon closer Mick Vorhof (2-0), who tossed two scoreless innings and gave up a hit and two walks.
Neither starter was involved in the decision. Uelmen allowed two runs and 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts while Grand Canyon southpaw Jake Repavich tossed seven scoreless frames with four hits, four walks and three strikeouts.
The Mustangs return to action with the opener of a three-game series Saturday afternoon at Sacramento State.