Baseball | 04/08/2021
Matadors Split a Pair of Slugfests
|Mesa Community College||1|
|Arizona Western College||12|
|Mesa Community College||13|
|Arizona Western College||5|
YUMA, Ariz---Seven home runs were only enough for a split as the Arizona Western Matadors (21-9 overall, 13-7 ACCAC) took the first game 12-1 over Mesa before falling 13-5 in the late contest Thursday afternoon at Kammann Field.
Bobby Vath was the first pitcher to avoid the long ball, en route to his fifth win of the year.
But Mesa scored first in both games, utilizing free passes for early advantages.
When the Matadors got done in game one, Max Weller and Oliver Frias belted solo shots to take a 2-1 lead.
They would add two more against Mesa Starter Erik Dulittle, but it was the sixth inning when the ball started to fly.
After loading the bases to start the inning, Samuel Fabian crushed a grand slam. Two batters later, Jarrod Belbin hit a towering moonshot over the right field fence. Two more hitters after that, Frias belted his second homer of the game, a two-run shot over the center field fence to end the game in a run rule.
Game 2 saw the Matadors in a 2-0 hole, and a 4-1 deficit before Daniel Gonzalez' 3-run homer in the fourth tied the game. Cade Kalehuawehe ripped his first collegiate homer over the left field fence to put the Matadors in front 5-4.
But Mesa's offense found their rhythm, scoring in 8 of their 9 at-bats, and adding two homers of their own to take the 13-5 win.
AWC will return to the road on Saturday, taking on #1 Central Arizona in Coolidge for a double-header beginning at Noon.