PHOENIX, Ariz. –The recipe for success on Tuesday’s this season for Arizona Western College has rested on the combination of starting pitchers Chris Koeiman and Robert Gonzalez. The pair continued their string of strong outings as the Matadors won a pair of games against the South Mountain Cougars on Tuesday.
In game one, a late surge gave the Matadors the lead in the sixth before they had to withstand a South Mountain rally to hold a 3-1 win in the day’s first game.
Koeiman gave another strong outing with just one blemish early on.
In the bottom of the second, a two-out single by J.D. Wadleigh extended the inning. Wadleigh moved to second on a balk and scored on Blake Colvin’s single to open the scoring.
Koeiman settled in from there and the Matadors provided their offense in the sixth inning when Carlos Arellano singled to start the inning.
Ramon Miranda singled and Arellano came around when the hit was compounded by an error in the South Mountain outfield. With the bases loaded, Robbie Wilkes reached on a fielder’s choice to score the go-ahead run as Anthony Guzman came home.
The Mats tacked on an insurance run in the seventh after a Zach Huffins single. With the bases loaded, Anthony Guzman delivered a sacrifice fly.
Koeiman ran into trouble in the bottom of the seventh as he tried to close it out. A walk, error, and second walk loaded the bases with two outs before Koeiman induced a game ending fly out to Guzman in left to seal the win.
Koeiman improves his record to 9-1 while his sub 1.00 ERA will tick up just a bit after allowing one earned run in seven inning while striking out three.
The Matadors got another strong start from Gonzalez as well as the southpaw tossed eight scoreless innings while punching out six Cougars.
Arizona Western’s first run came in the first on a Ramon Miranda RBI single.
The Mats added two more when Oliver Frias tripled home a run before courtesy runner Arjun Huerta scored on a Huffins’ RBI groundout.
Frias started a rally in the fifth with a walk before Huffins singled to put runners on the corners. Jarrod Belbin delivered a two-run triple and scored on Arellano’s single.
The Matadors added their final three runs in the seventh before the Cougars scored two runs against the AWC bullpen in the bottom of the ninth to finish the game at 9-2.
Gonzalez earned the win to improve to 7-1 on the year.
The Matadors improve to 32-10 on the season and 17-7 in conference play.
Arizona Western continues the road trip on Saturday traveling to Coolidge, AZ to play the Central Arizona Vaqueros at Noon for two games.
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.