TWIN FALLS, Idaho – The Arizona Western College baseball team (49-15) won a second win-or-go-home on Friday night by taking out Salt Lake Community College (36-18) 10-0 in five innings. The Mats racked up 10 runs on 10 hits, and the bottom of the order combined to go 5-8 at the plate to keep the line moving.
After a scoreless first inning, Justin Greene opened the second with a bang. The freshman blasted a solo homer over the left-centerfield wall for a 1-0 lead. It was his 11th homer of the season. With two on and one out, Snaider Torrealba beat out a bunt to load the bases. Two straight wild pitches scored runs, and Zach Huffins doubled home Torrealba for a 4-0 lead. Huffins stole third and came home on throwing error on the play for a 5-0 lead.
In the third, the Mats added two more. Greene singled, and Daylan Nanny walked. A wild pitch put runners at second and third, and Sammy Hackl smacked a grounder to right field for a two-run single and 7-0 lead. Hackl was 2-3 with two runs and two RBI.
The Mats added three more to end the game in the bottom of the fifth. Nanny led off with a single, and Hackl singled him to third. Torrealba doubled off the base of the wall to score Nanny and put Hackl at third. Torrealba was 2-3 with two runs scored and the RBI. Huffins singled to score one more for a 9-0 lead and went 2-2 with a run, two RBI and two walks. Spencer Packard ended the game with a sac fly to the track in centerfield.
Chris Koeiman (6-4) gave up three hits and four walks, but the freshman struck out four in five innings to keep Salt Lake off the board.
Cal Beardsley (0-1) took the loss for Salt Lake after allowing four runs, three earned, on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 1.1 innings.
The Mats will take on Southern Idaho in a third-straight win-or-go-home game in the West District Championship tomorrow at noon local time (11:00 a.m. Arizona time). If AWC wins, the two teams will square off in another game 30 minutes after the first.
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. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,300 certificates and degrees in 2016-17.