Baseball: Winning streak continues after 10-1 win over Grand Canyon University

Sophomore pitcher Connor O'Neil notched his first career CSUN win against Grand Canyon University as the Matadors fought toward a 10-1 win Tuesday, Feb. 24. Photo credit: Vincent Nguyen

Sophomore pitcher, Conner O’Neil, pitched over six scoreless innings to help CSUN (9-1) continue their best start of the season in years.

“Connor has been our closer,” said CSUN’s men’s baseball head coach, Greg Moore. “We called him last night and we asked if he wanted the ball, and he said ‘give it to me,’ without a doubt.'”

O’Neil struck out six batters in his first CSUN win, after succumbing to the Matadors only loss to UCLA a week ago.

“He’s in great shape,” said Moore. “He bounces back real well.”

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Freshman outfielder Justin Toerner hit a home run in the second inning to give CSUN a 3-0 lead over Grand Canyon University. The Matadors eventually defeated the Antelopes 10-1. Photo credit: Vincent Nguyen

Senior outfielder, Chester Pak, put the Matadors on the board in the first inning before freshman outfielder, Justin Toerner, blasted a home run to give CSUN a 3-0 going into the third inning.

“We came out and took some good at bats early,” said Moore. “Pak got us started with a bloop single that was just a good piece of hitting, and it carried on.”

It was scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings, before CSUN stormed the seventh inning with six runs. Pak, along with senior utility player, Nick Blaser, and junior infielder, Nolan Flashman, bolstered the Matadors lead with an RBI each.

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Senior utility player Nick Blaser stretches out to grab the ball and send a Grand Canyon University batter back to the dug out. CSUN would win the game 10-1. Photo credit: Vincent Nguyen

“It was a full-on team effort,” said Pak. “Guys just setting up good at bats for one another.”

GCU were able to score a run, but CSUN pulled through with the 10-1 win that help extended their winning streak.

“That’s a good team we played today,” Moore said. “They play aggressive, they play fast, I think getting ahead allowed us to slow the game down a little bit. We have a lot of work to do, so we’re not close to where we need to be.”