YUMA, Ariz. – Six games in three days keep you on your toes, but the Arizona Western College softball team knocked out six wins during that stretch. Belinda Gonzalez picked up four wins in the circle and was named the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Division I Pitcher of the Week. Caylin Espericueta produced like crazy at the plate and was named the ACCAC Division I Player of the Week.
Gonzalez racked up 23 innings and earned the win in all four of her appearances. In her three starts, she went the distance all three times. The sophomore posted a 2.13 ERA during the week, and she piled up 28 strikeouts. She set a career best with 10 K’s against Benedictine University at Mesa at the Copper State Classic. Plus, Gonzalez helped her own cause as a hitter. She knocked in two runs, scored twice, and drew five walks in 13 plate appearances.
Espericueta spent the week smacking the stuffing out of the softball. She has four home runs this season, and all of them came last week. The freshman went 9-16 at the plate (.563) with a double and triple in addition to the homers. She scored the winning run against South Mountain, and she scored 10 times in six games while adding 10 RBI. The third baseman scored at least once and hit at least one run home in all six games.
This marks the fourth time this season that Gonzalez has been named the ACCAC DI Pitcher of the Week. Espericueta is the fourth position player to earn the weekly honor. Allison Betty, Alisha Diaz and Julie Roach all were been named the ACCAC DI Player of the Week earlier in the year.
The Lady Mats (19-8 overall, 11-7 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) play at GateWay Community College today before heading to Mesa Community College on Thursday.
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.