PHOENIX, Ariz. – The offensive firepower of the Lady Matadors continued to click as Arizona Western put up 27 runs in a double-header sweep of the South Mountain Cougars on Thursday.
The Matadors won a pair of run-rule games over the Cougars 13-2 and 14-1.
The offense, which leads the NJCAA in runs scored at 208 and is second in hits, jumped out to an early start with three first-inning runs without the benefit of a hit.
South Mountain answered with a single run against Lady Matador starter Koryne Coddington.
It was the top of the third when the Matadors opened it up, as Andrea Cline delivered a one out single. Cassandra Valle worked a deep count before drawing a walk and Michelle Roldan walked to load the bases.
Reina Tsuma ripped a two-run double to score Cline and Valle before Yassiel Lazo singled home Roldan. Aylin Campa plated both Tsuma and Lazo with a single. Sabrina Garcia walked. And after an out and an error brought home Campa, Cline deposited a three-run homer over the fence to cap a nine run third inning.
The Cougars got one of those back in the bottom of the inning on a Dionne Ruiz RBI double.
Tsuma got that run back for the Matadors in the fourth by belting a solo shot.
But Coddington secured the final six outs without another run to run her record to a nation best 13-0.
In game two, Garcia singled before Azalea Moore walked. One out later, Cline singled home Garcia. Valle doubled home Moore to get the Matadors off to a 2-0 lead.
Sarah Velasquez made those two runs seem far greater in another scoreless outing. Shutting down the Cougars and allowing just one hit in four innings of work while striking out six and walking three.
Meanwhile, the Matador offense erupted for five runs in the second and three in the sixth highlighted by Tsuma’s second homer of the day and four more RBI for Valle in the game.
Kanani Vizcarra pitched the fifth inning to seal the win for the Matadors. Velasquez earned the win to improve to 8-0 on the season.
The Lady Mats improve to 21-1 on the season with their 18th and 19th consecutive wins. Arizona Western is now 12-0 in ACCAC play.
Arizona Western leads the ACCAC in 12 different categories including runs, hits, RBI, and shutouts.
The Matadors continue a busy week on the road traveling to Scottsdale on Saturday for a double-header beginning at 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.