Baseball | 04/25/2021
Offense Comes Alive in Sweep at Eastern
|Arizona Western College||9|
|Eastern Arizona College||5|
|Arizona Western College||9|
|Eastern Arizona College||3|
THATCHER, Ariz---Utilizing 18 runs over the course of 16 innings, the Arizona Western Matadors (28-12 overall, 20-10 ACCAC) swept Saturday's double-header on the road against the host Eastern Arizona Gila Monsters (3-21 overall, 3-21 ACCAC) to move into third place in the ACCAC standings.
Oliver Frias was 6-8 on the day with six RBI and a home run to spark the offense while Juan Salazar delivered a home run in each game.
The Matadors found themselves down 4-0 in the fourth inning of the seven inning ballgame, before finding their run support for starter Luuk ter Beek.
Salazar helped the Matadors break through, delivering a bases loaded sacrifice fly to get on the board in the top of the fourth.
However, that was all the Matadors would get until the sixth when Sam Fabian belted a two-run homer and was backed up by a solo shot from Salazar to tie the game at four. The Matadors would force home the go ahead run later in the inning when
Bobby Vath came out of the bullpen in the bottom of the sixth to hold the lead until the Matadors would the load the bases again in the seventh.
After a Benito Garcia sacrifice fly and a Max Weller walk brought home two more runs, Frias delivered a two-run single for a three RBI day and a five run lead.
Eastern would scratch across a run in the bottom of the seventh, but Vath recorded the final three outs to complete a two-inning save. ter Beek earned the win after pitching 5 strong innings and allowing just two earned runs to improve to 5-0 on the season.
AWC benefited from 11 walks by EAC pitchers and struck with three of their six hits for extra bases to complete the comeback.
The Matador offense picked up where it left off in the start of game two with Frias delivering an RBI single and scoring on Delano Selassa's triple for a 2-0 lead.
Frias delivered another RBI single in the third and delivered his solo homer in the fifth as the Matadors would build a 5-0 lead after five innings.
That was plenty for starter Jonathan Zayas who allowed just one earned run in 6.2 innings while striking out six and scattering eight total baserunners.
Juan Cerda sealed the game with a seven out save while striking out four as the Matadors sealed the sweep, and a perfect 4-0 record against the Gila Monsters on the season, with a 9-3 victory.
The wins, coupled with South Mountain's split against Mesa move the Matadors into the third seed, based on the current standings, in the Region I Division I playoffs with four games remaining.
Arizona Western will head to Tucson on Tuesday when they take on Pima, currently the 2nd seed and winners of four in a row, for a double-header beginning at noon. AWC wraps up the regular season on Saturday in Yuma against Scottsdale.