Raking at the Plate

YUMA, Ariz. – The offense paved the way past Pima Community College for the Arizona Western College baseball team on Tuesday afternoon. The Mats racked up double digit hits in both contests to sweep PCC 11-5 and 9-4.

AWC (32-11 overall, 14-9 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) jumped out to an early lead in game one. The Mats loaded the bases with one out in the first after a pair of singles by Spencer Packard and Snaider Torrealba were sandwiched around Daniel Lafarga being hit. Sean Roby was hit to drive home one run, and Franky Chavez lined a single to left to score two more. Najee Gaskins hit a triple to left-center field to plate two more, and he came home on an error two batters later for a 6-0 lead. He went 2-4 with a double and triple, two runs scored and four RBI.

In the top of the second, Pima (17-25 overall, 8-22 ACCAC) got on the boad. With a runner on third, Marcus Mendez dropped a single into right field that cut the lead to 6-1.

In the top of the third, Pima’s Erick Migueles led off with a solo home run to left field. It was his sixth home run of the season and cut the lead to 6-2.

The Mats responded with a run in the bottom of the third. Chavez hit a high chopper over third and went to second on a groundout. He raced home when Sebastian Perez singled up the gut to push the lead to 7-2. Chavez went 2-3 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI.

AWC piled on four more runs in the fourth. Roby and Packard were hit, and Gaskins hit both home with a double to deep left-center field. Perez followed it up with a single straight up the middle that brought home Gaskins. Bryce O’Brien beat out an infield single on the right side, and a poor throw allowed Perez to come home to push the lead to 11-2.

Pima added a pair of runs in the fifth when Shawn Bracamontes hit a two-run home run to center field. It was his first home run of the season.

In the sixth inning, Pima scored one more. Marcus Mendez singled and went to third when Oscar Larranaga doubled. A wild pitch scored Mendez to trim the lead to 11-5.

Irving Martin (6-1) earned the win for the Mats. He allowed five runs on nine hits in six innings while walking three and striking out five. Saul Marquez pitched a perfect seventh inning.

Trevelle Hill (2-6) took the loss for Pima. He allowed seven runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out three in three innings.

The Matador offense was a steady presence throughout game two. AWC erased a three-run hole by scoring in five separate innings. In the bottom of the first, Packard blooped a single to left field to score Torrealba and cut the lead to 3-1.

The Mats tied things up in the third. Yodelvy Merendez squeezed out a single up the middle to lead things off. Torrealba (1-2, 3R, 3 BB, SB) also singled with one out, and Lafarga knocked an RBI double down the left field line that sent Torrealba to third. Packard powered a sac fly to left field that tied the game at three apiece.

In the fourth, AWC took the lead when Perez slashed an RBI double down the right field line to make it 4-3. Perez came home on a line drive single up the middle by Merendez that made it 5-3.

Arizona Western plated one in the sixth by taking advantage of Pima mistakes. Perez led off with a walk and went to second on a passed ball. A flyout sent him to third, and he scored on a grounder to third by Landon Riker that made it 6-3.

Pima trimmed the gap to two in the seventh. With runners on the corners, Oscar Larranaga hit a grounder to short that Torrealba bobbled and allowed the runner on third to score.

Three runs helped the Mats put the game away in the eighth. Riker and Torrealba both walked, and Lafarga slipped a single through the left side to score Riker. Torrealba raced home on an error in left field while Lafarga went to second. Packard sliced a soft liner to left field to send him to third, and Roby dropped a ball into shallow right field that scored Lafarga for a 9-4 lead.

Jayden Murrray (6-1) earned the win after throwing all nine innings. He settled down after allowing three runs in the first to record five straight scoreless innings, and the defense turned three double plays in the middle innings. Murray allowed 10 hits and four runs, three earned. He walked three and struck out six.

Gage O’Brien (1-3) took the loss for Pima after allowing five runs on six hits in four innings. He walked two and struck out four.

The Matadors head out to Scottsdale Community College for a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 11. The first pitch is scheduled for noon.

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 2,400 certificates and degrees in 2015-16.


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