YUMA, Ariz. – The Arizona Western College baseball team wrapped up the weekend with a pair of impressive wins on Saturday afternoon. The Mats beat Colorado Northwestern Community College 7-1 and 8-0 to finish a four-game sweep.
In the bottom of the second inning of the first game, Sean Roby walked and Franky Chavez singled. Snaider Torrealba bunted them over, and Sebastian Perez ripped a ground ball through the right side that scored both. He went to second on an error in right field, and then Bryce O’Brien knocked him home with a line drive single to center for a 3-0 lead.
CNCC’s Logan Green led off the fourth inning with a deep double to right field. Brady Hoskins doubled him home three batters later to cut the Matador lead to 3-1.
AWC answered right away in the bottom of the fourth. With two on and no outs, Landon Riker doubled home one run for a 4-1 lead. Two batters later, Daniel Lafarga crushed a three-run homer to left field that pushed the lead to 7-1. It was his sixth home run of the season.
Eric Lidga (2-0) earned the win after scattering six hits over six innings for the Mats. He only allowed one run (earned) while walking three and striking out six.
Austin Davalos took the loss for Colorado Northwestern after allowing seven runs, all earned, on eight hits while walking two without a strikeout in 3.1 innings.
In game two, Matador starter Jayden Murray (2-1) came out firing. He struck out nine in six innings of work and only allowed two hits with one walk. The nine strikeouts set a new career high (his previous high was seven). Fabian Muniz came on to start the seventh and only allowed three hits while striking out one as he finished the game.
The Matador offense gave Murray and Muniz all the support they would need in the second inning. Manny Perez blasted a 1-0 pitch for a solo home run to lead off the inning. It was his first homer of the year. Brody Kato then lined one into center. Najee Gaskins came on as a courtesy runner and stole second. He went to third on an infield single by Franky Chavez. Torrealba knocked him home with an RBI groundout to short for a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, the Mats tacked on a few more runs. Kato drew a leadoff walk, and Gaskins came on as a courtesy runner again. He went to second on a wild pitch and stole third. Torrealba knocked him home with an RBI line drive to left field. Torrealba stole second and went to third on a groundout. Yodelvy Merendez walked, and Riker looped a line drive into left for another run. A wild pitch sent Merendez home from second base one batter later to push the lead to 5-0.
The Mats helped seal the deal in the eighth. With two on and one out, Brody Kato smashed a three-run home run that extended the lead to 8-0. It was his second home run of the season.
Taylor Wright took the loss for CNCC after allowing four runs on six hits in 3.2 innings.
AWC hosts Central Arizona College to open up conference play on Saturday, February 18. The doubleheader starts at noon at Kammann Field, and admission is FREE!
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,400 certificates and degrees in 2015-16.