COOLIDGE, Ariz. –A shutout netted a win in the first game 2-0 before the #6 Arizona Western Lady Matadors (19-4 overall, 12-2 ACCAC) comeback fell short in a 5-4 loss in game two to the Central Arizona Vaqueros (15-10 overall, 11-5 ACCAC) Tuesday afternoon.
Two-time ACCAC Pitcher of the Week Anahi Grijalva continued to mow down opponents in game one while scattering six hits and struck out four in her second consecutive complete game shutout and fourth of the year.
Sadie Chavez provided all the necessary offense with a two-run double in the second inning that scored Nicole Moran and Chloe Garcia.
Grijalva picked up her conference best 11th win of the year while whittling her ERA down to 1.53, second best in the ACCAC.
In game two, Central Arizona tallied a run early against Matador starter McKenzie Gray.
While she returned in the first game of the double-header, Azalea Moore found her groove in the third inning of game two, blasting a two-run homer to give the Matadors a short lived lead.
Central tied the game after Destiny Vazquez doubled to start the inning, before scoring from third on a groundout.
Vazquez struck again in the fourth with runners on, doubling home two runs to give the Vaqueras the lead.
Danielle Farinas extended the Vaquera lead to 5-2 with a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth.
Arizona Western clawed back in the bottom of the seventh. Iliana Manzano singled to start the inning before Chavez doubled. With two outs, Nylze Salazar roped a two-run double, putting the tying run on second.
Moore then laced a ball that Central’s second basemen Nicole Ley caught to end the comeback attempt, and the game.
Arizona Western will continue on the road Thursday, heading to Thatcher for a double-header against Eastern Arizona beginning at 11:00am.
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.