Softball | 03/30/2021
Late Surges Fall Short to Phoenix
|Arizona Western College||4|
YUMA, Ariz---A pair of late rallies fell short as the Arizona Western Matadors (22-7 overall, 10-2 ACCAC) saw their eleven game win streak come to an end at the hands of the Phoenix College Bears (12-1 overall, 10-0 ACCAC) Tuesday at Charlie Dine Field.
Phoenix ace Brianna Hardy was electric and tallied 24 strikeouts in two complete game efforts, giving her offense enough time to stake her to leads of 7-0 and 5-0 after 5 innings.
The Matadors battled back with the long ball, as Iliana Manzano roped a two run homer in the sixth and Angela Oros doubled ans cored on an error to pull AWC to 7-4. The Mats brought the tying run to the plate before the final out of game 1.
Game two was almost a carbon copy, with AWC trailing 5-0 into the bottom of the sixth when Sherlyn Molina led the inning off with a solo homer. Nicole Moran's two-run homer with two outs made it a two run game.
Chloe Garcia blasted a leadoff homer in the seventh to make it one run game. Nylze Salazar reached base immediately after and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
But Hardy buckled down and struck out the side to close out the sweep for Phoenix.
The losses halt the Matadors win-streak at 11. Arizona Western will have Saturday off before entering play against DI schools Eastern Arizona next Tuesday, and Central Arizona the following Saturday.