Baseball | 03/13/2021
Matadors Fall in Twin-Bill to #2 Central
|Central Arizona College||8|
|Arizona Western College||3|
YUMA, Ariz---Extra-base hits produced pivotal runs in the Arizona Western Matadors (14-6 overall, 6-4 ACCAC) pair of losses to the #2 Central Arizona Vaqueros (20-0 overall, 10-0 ACCAC) Saturday afternoon at Kammann Field.
Central started hot behind JD McLaughlin's RBI double in the first and added two more to their lead on Hayden Seldomridge's ground-rule double in the third.
Despite single runs in the third, fourth, and fifth, Arizona Western never got closer than two as Central opened up a 5-3 game in the seventh en route to an 8-3 game one decision.
The Matadors still put the most runs of any team against Central starter Mat Olsen, tagging the right-hander for three runs in five innings. But Olsen struck out 10 en route to 5th win in 5 starts. Olsen had only allowed two earned runs the entire year upon entering the game.
Game two began as a pitcher's duel as Bobby Vath worked around surrendering hits to the first two Vaqueros before escaping the jam and completing six scoreless innings of work.
But the Matadors didn't break through against Central starter Daniel Davila until the fifth, when Jarrod Belbin delivered an RBI knock.
J.C. Navarro's solo homer in the sixth, backed up by an RBI double from Juan Salazar put Vath in line for the win with a 3-0 lead.
But Central, behind a two-run double from McLaughlin, would tie the game on Seldomridge's RBI groundout in the seventh.
Matador reliever Juan Cerda escaped further damage in the inning but Dusty Garcia and Matt Aribal hit back-to-back homers in the eighth.
Central would add an unearned run in the ninth and Levi Evans tossed a scoreless ninth to seal Central's 20th straight win to start the year.
Arizona Western will turn their attention to another powerful ACCAC foe, welcoming in Yavapai College Wednesday afternoon at 12:00pm. The games were originally scheduled for Prescott but have been moved in advance due to snow. The Matadors will make their trip to Prescott on April 13th, the original home date, instead.