YUMA, Ariz. –A pitcher’s duel and a seven-run inning both went against the Arizona Western College Matadors as they were swept Saturday afternoon at Kammann Field by the South Mountain Cougars.
Cougar’s starter Cade Povich worked around five walks in game one and just enough run support for South Mountain to win 3-2.
Justin Quinn’s two-run double in the third held up as the game winning hit despite Matador reliever Robert Gonzalez’ four scoreless innings of work.
Quinn delivered another two-run double in the first inning of game two before AWC starter Gabe Ponce settled down.
Ponce really locked in after the first, striking out nine over seven innings.
The Matador offense gave him support as battery-mate Oliver Frias blasted a fourth-inning Grand Slam over the centerfield wall to put the Matadors in front 4-2.
Arizona Western added a run in each of the next three innings to extend the lead to 7-2.
But the Cougars were able to get to the Matador bullpen in the eighth as four different relievers combined to surrender seven runs in the inning, the big hit being JD Wadleigh’s two-out, two-run double to put South Mountain in front.
Trey Goodrich closed out the game over the final two innings for the Cougars to earn the save.
The Matadors fall to 33-15 on the season and 18-12 in conference play.
AWC will hit the road for the next three dates beginning Tuesday at conference-leading Cochise for a double-header beginning at Noon.
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.