TUCSON, Ariz. –Both teams hung crooked numbers en route to a double-header split between the Arizona Western College Matadors and the Pima Aztecs Saturday afternoon.
The Aztecs used a big inning against AWC’s Koryne Coddington to take game one before the Lady Matador offense erupted for a pair of five-run innings in game two.
Andrea Cline started the Matador second inning with a single. Cline moved to third on Michelle Roldan’s single and scored on a single by Chloe Garcia to give the Lady Matadors a 1-0 lead.
Pima answered back in the bottom of the inning after Coddington hit the lead-off batter. After a single, moved the runner to second and a groundout advanced the runner to third, Jessica Lozania’s single scored Amaya Tuner-Vizcarra to tie the game at one.
Michelle Roldan belted a solo homer to lead-off the fourth, giving the Matadors the lead back.
Pima answered in the bottom of the inning with a six-run frame, leaping in front of the Matadors 7-2.
The Matadors responded in the top of the fifth as Aylin Campa and Sabrina Garcia both reached base before moving to second and third on Danielle Burgos’ sacrifice bunt. After two were out, Cassandra Valle’s two-run double pulled the Matadors within three.
Kanani Vizcarra entered the circle for the Lady Mats, tossing two scoreless innings but the Matadors could not rally against Aztec starter Bianca Castillo.
Castillo surrendered ten hits but worked around a leadoff double by Campa in the seventh to earn the 7-4 victory for the Aztecs.
The Lady Matadors staked starter Sarah Velasquez to a 2-0 in the first as Chloe Garcia’s single plated Campa and Roldan singled home Valle.
Pima retrieved a run in the bottom of the first on Devyn Marshall’s solo home run.
The Matadors got the run right back in the second as Allie Tito raced to third after an error to start the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly from Yassiel Lazo.
In the third, the Lady Matadors added a five-run frame triggered by Campa’s bases-loaded double that scored two. After Valle’s RBI groundout, Chloe Garcia added a two-run double.
The Aztecs put two on the board in the bottom of the fourth before exchanging runs in the fifth to make it a 9-4 game.
Pima threatened in the sixth, loading the bases against Velasquez. But the freshman got a strikeout and fly-out to end the threat and preserve the lead.
The Lady Mats offense gave plenty of support in the seventh adding five more runs highlighted by Andrea Cline’s RBI single and Roldan’s two-run single. Azalea Moore entered as a pinch hitter and delivered a two-run knock as well.
Pima threatened to score in the bottom of the inning with a single and double to start against Velasquez. By a line-drive caught by Nicole Moran turned into a double-play before Velasquez induced a game-ending groundout to the shortstop Valle as the Matadors salvaged the split with a 14-4 victory.
Arizona Western is now 39-5 on the season and 30-4 in the ACCAC.
Arizona Western returns home to Yuma on to see the Mesa Thunderbirds for the second time in a week, wrapping up the season series with two games starting 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.