CHANDLER, Ariz. – A pair of four-run innings helped the Arizona Western Matadors (10-7 overall, 2-4 ACCAC) force a split with the Chandler-Gilbert Coyotes (9-8 overall, 3-5 ACCAC) Tuesday afternoon.
The Matadors struggled to mount offense against Jordan Lussier in game one and tallied just a pair of hits in the seven inning ballgame, falling 5-0 in the opener.
Arizona Western bounced right back in game two, giving starter Elvis Parra a run of support in the top of the first, before he stepped onto the mound.
Chandler answered with a single run in the bottom of the second.
With the bases loaded in the third, JC Navarro forced home the go-ahead run on a fielder’s choice. Juan Salazar drove in both remaining runners with a double before eventually scoring on a double a batter later.
The Matadors scored single runs in the fifth and seventh before the Coyotes made in a 7-4 game after a three run inning in the seventh.
Cade Kalehuawehe’s RBI single in the eighth sparked another four-run frame that saw Delano Selassa deliver a two-run single as well.
Francisco Gonzalez sealed the final inning and a third on the mound as the Matadors wrapped up an 11-4 victory, salvaging a split in their third straight conference double-header on the road.
Arizona Western will get a break from the road on a Friday with a single game against Vancouver Island beginning at 1:00pm at Kammann Field in Yuma.
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.