Baseball | 02/11/2021
BSB: Mats Slug Northeastern in Double-Header
YUMA, Ariz---The Arizona Western Matadors (5-0 overall) used four innings in which their scored at least four runs to nab a pair of run-rule victories over the Northeastern Plainsmen (3-7 overall) Thursday afternoon at Kammann Field, taking the series prior to Friday's finale.
Max Weller's 6-6, 9 RBI day over two starts in the outfield was punctuated by a three-run homer in his final at bat. In fact, Weller produced a run in all four of his plate appearances in the second game.
But Weller was just carrying momentum from the start of the day when whe went 3-3 with his double coming in the middle of a 7-run third inning for AWC. Weller had two hits in the inning before adding a two-run single to conclude the four-run Matador fourth.
That was plenty for starter Elvis Parra, allowed just an infield-single and walk while working around an error for the five inning, complete game victory. Jarrod Belbin, Daniel Gonzalez, JC Navarro, Sam Fabian, and Olvier Frias all contributed two hits as the Matadors pounded out a season-high 15 hits in the 11-0 win.
The second inning of game two proved to be even more powerful for AWC as the first eight Matadors of the inning all reached and would score. Weller was in the middle of it, singling in one run and walking to force in the final run of the inning.
Northeastern fought back against start D.J. Contreras in the third, using three consecutive hits to push across three runs. But the Mats got those back on a two-run double by Weller in the fourth before breaking out the first long balls of the series.
Wesley Estrella started the inning by reaching on an error before Belbin doubled into the left field corner. Gonzalez then pulled a homer over the left field fence for his first of the season. Five batters later, Weller connected to deep center field, as the Matadors put the run rule into effect.
Gila Ridge alum Ryan Hoskins connected on an RBI double in the sixth as Jonathan Zayas tossed the final two innings, surrendering a late two-run homer, before sealing the game at 18-5.
Belbin, Gonzalez, and Fabian each added two more hits in the second game with Fabian finishing with four RBI in the two games.
Contreras lasted through the fourth in order to qualify for the win, his first of the year. Joseph Taveras bridged the gap in the fifth, striking out the side after loading the bases.
Arizona Western concludes the series against Northeastern Friday with a single-game scheduled for nine innings beginning at noon.
The game will be livestreamed on the Matador Facebook Page (facebook.com/awcmatadorathletics). Fans are able to attend but masks are mandatory. Those unable or unwilling to wear masks are asked not to attend.
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.