YUMA, Ariz. – Three-more homers added to the 2nd most total in the NJCAA fueled the Lady Matadors to a sweep of Chandler-Gilbert Wednesday afternoon at Charlie Dine Field.
Michelle Roldan’s three-run homer backed Koryne Coddington in Game 1 as the Matadors pulled away to a 10-2 victory.
Coddington was stellar again in the circle allowing just the two runs while striking out 8 in six innings to run her record to 15-1 on the year.
It was a tight ballgame until the fifth, with the Mats holding a 3-2 lead, Andrea Cline doubled home two runs before Roldan’s seventh homer of the season.
Arizona Western added two more in the bottom of the sixth to end the game in a run rule.
In game two, the Matadors added single runs in each of the first two innings to stake an early 2-0 lead.
Starter Sarah Velasquez ran into trouble in the third as the Coyotes loaded the bases for the second straight inning, using a walk and two singles.
Reliever Kanani Vizcarra entered and mowed down the Coyotes by getting a strike out, fielder’s choice and ground out to end the threat.
The Lady Matador offense responded with a big inning. After Sabrina Garcia singled to start the inning, three straight hit batters forced in a run. Cassandra Valle then blasted a grand-slam to complete a five run inning.
AWC added five more in the fourth after a Danielle Burgos leadoff single. Valle doubled as did Roldan, scoring both runners. Nicole Moran singled before Chloe Garcia added a homer to make it 12-0 Matadors.
Vizcarra shutdown the Coyotes in the fifth to seal the 12-0 victory.
The Lady Matadors improve to 26-2 on the season, 17-1 in the ACCAC. Chandler-Gilbert falls to 13-11 overall and 12-10 in conference.
The Matadors will make the cross-state trip to Thatcher on Saturday to play the Gila Monsters of Eastern Arizona 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.