Baseball | 03/09/2021
Matadors Slug Chandler-Gilbert in Sweep
|Chandler-Gilbert Community College||4|
|Arizona Western College||11|
YUMA, Ariz---Using six homers on the day, the Arizona Western Matadors (14-4 overall, 6-2 ACCAC) swept a conference double-header from the Chandle-Gilbert Coyotes (7-6 overall, 4-4 ACCAC) Tuesday afternoon at Kammann Field.
Delanno Selassa's first inning homer in game one set the tone of a four-homer game for AWC, supporting Elvis Parra's six strong innings in the 11-4 game one victory.
Oliver Frias hit a pair of homers in game two, helping the Matadors dig out of a five run deficit after the middle of the fifth, coming all the way back to out slug the Coyotes 21-11 in game two.
While Selassa's homer set the tone for the day, Benito Garcia's two run single in the second provided cushion for Parra to navigate through game one before the offense exploded for five runs in the fifth. Samuel Fabian's three-run homer opened up the score to 8-0.
After Chandler pushed across four runs in the top of the sixth, Garcia and Weller tacked on homers and JC Navarro's double provided the 11-4 difference.
Francisco Gonzalez worked a quick seventh inning to seal the win. Parra picked up the win to improve to 3-1.
Game two saw the Matadors respond to Nick Cupp-Allen's lead-off homer with a three run first inning. AWC added a run to the lead in the second but Chandler-Gilbert's seven-run third inning tilted the game upside down.
The Coyotes would make their lead 9-4 before the Mats hit in the fifth, when Frias belted his first homer of the day.
Arizona Western then caught fire with a seven-run inning of their own as they sent ten hitters to the plate in the inning, taking a 12-9 lead after six innings
Chandler-Gilbert quickly made it too close for comfort with two more runs in top of the seventh against Joseph Taveras, who came on in relief.
They added six more runs in the seventh as Jarrod Belbin and Max Weller each had RBI doubles before Frias belted his second homer of the game.
Taveras held the Coyotes quiet in the eighth
Fabian's RBI double set up Daniel Gonzalez for an RBI single right before Belbin's walk-off single, wrapping up the wild run-rule victory.
The Matadors have now scored double-digits in 11 of their 18 games, winning half of their games played by run-rule.
They will have a tough task when they return to play Saturday, hosting #2 Central Arizona, the defending National Champions for a double-header in Yuma beginning at Noon. Both games will be streamed on the Matador Athletics Facebook Page.