GCU baseball rallies to escape Abilene Christian in WAC first round

Daniel Avitia needed an inning to catch his breath, settle down and not feel the pressures of his first-ever college postseason game.

The freshman right-hander, after giving up two runs on three hits in the first, showed why he was chosen the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year.

Avitia gave Grand Canyon’s hitters time to find their groove, after not allowing another hit until the seventh, as the Antelopes rallied for an 8-4 victory Wednesday night against Abilene Christian at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa.

Cade Verdusco’s RBI single tied the scored in the sixth against starter Tyler Morgan, and Jonny Weaver’s two-run single broke the 2-2 tie a batter later to allow Avitia to get the win in his first WAC Tournament game.

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