Baseball | 01/26/2020
BSB: Belbin, Paula Lead Mats to Series Victory Over CSN
YUMA, Ariz---Jarrod Belbin and Jose Paula were in the middle of most rallys as the #17 Arizona Western Matadors (2-1 overall) took the weekend series from the #12 College of Southern Nevada Coyotes (1-2 overall) with a 9-4 win Sunday afternoon at Kammann Field.
Belbin and Paula each reached base during their first five plate appearances, combining to go 6-8 with 3 walks and a hit by pitch.
In the first inning, Belbin and Paul both singled with two outs before Juan Salazar drew a walk against Garrett Clarke. But Clarke was able to induce a pop-out to keep the game at zero.
Matador starter Devin Contreras sailed through the first five hitters he faced before Cole Schaefer delivered a two-out, two-strike home to start the scoring.
Contreras allowed another run in the third with two-out as Austin Plante's que-shot to third squibbed by Belbin and into left field scoring Jack Pineda.
The Matadors responded in the bottom of the inning as Tyson Zamora singled to start the frame and moved to second on Delano Selassa's groundout.
Belbin came through with another single up the middle to score Zamora. After Paula was hit by a pitch, JC Navarro's flare into right tied the game as Belbin scored.
Darrell Woodall came on in relief for Arizona Western and held CSN scoreless over the next three innings, highlighted by an errant throw from Woodall on a pickoff in which Paula fired a lazer from foul territory along the right field line to third base where Belbin tagged out the courtesy runner Peyton McGregor.
The matador offense sparked again in the fifth as Belbin walked and Paula singled. After Salazar walked, Dylan Edmands dropped a fly ball behind the left fielder to score Belbin. Daniel Gonzalez pulled a ground ball down the third base line two score two more to give Arizona Western a 5-2 lead.
They would never surrender that lead as they added two more in the sixth Behind a leadoff double from Belbin that rolled up against the right field wall. After Paula walked, Salazar walked and Navarro drove in Belbin. Edmands added another RBI hit to stretch the game to 7-2.
CSN got to Woodall in the seventh as Schaefer reached on another Matador error to start the inning. Joey Walls roped a double to left field to put runners on second and third with no outs. Woodall induced a pair of ground outs that produced runs for the Coyotes, making it 7-4.
Francisco Gonzalez threw two scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth to earn the save, while the offense added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Woodall's four innings were enough to earn the win. Jack Sellinger was saddled with the loss for Southern Nevada.
The two teams will see each other again in Henderson, Nevada next weekend. AWC will play a pair of games on Thursday against New Mexico Junior College and Utah State Eastern before another bout with the Coyotes on Friday.
The Matadors will return home for a four game series with Northeastern Colorado that begins Friday, February 7th at 1:00pm on Kammann Field.