YUMA, Ariz. – Early errors created a hole and a four-run fifth cost the Arizona Western Matadors (8-3 overall) a chance at a four-game sweep over Northeastern Junior College (6-4 overall) Sunday at Kammann Field.
The game was scoreless into the third when a leadoff walk but the first Plainsmen on board. Roman Guthrie moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. A pair of Matador errors allowed two runs to score for NJC.
Guthrie started another rally for NJC in the fifth, being hit by a pitch to start the inning. While he scored on a sacrifice bunt by Jack Kornegay, Andrew Danko’s two-run homer opened up the lead.
The Plainsmen continued the threat in the inning with Nick Murray’s sacrifice fly capping the four-run frame.
Arizona Western got on the board in the bottom of the inning after Dylan Edmands scored on a wild pitch.
JC Navarro’s RBI single in the sixth got the Matadors another run closer.
But both bullpens settled things down the rest of the way.
For Arizona Western, Wilmer Flores threw four scores innings of relief while allowing just two baserunners and striking out four to keep the game within striking distance.
Jason Kramlich threw three scoreless innings for the Plainsmen to hold the win.
The Mats wrap up the non-conference portion of the schedule at 8-3 and begin a stretch that keep them on the road until the end of the month.
Arizona Western opens up the ACCAC schedule on Saturday with a double-header in Tucson to take on Pima Community College at Noon.