PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Lady Matadors did trail, if only for a couple innings, before opening up their nation-leading offense in a double-header sweep of the Paradise Valley Pumas Saturday afternoon.
The Pumas struck for two runs in the bottom of the first against Lady Matador pitcher Koryne Coddington on a two-out double off the bat of Maya Lentz.
Andrea Cline led off the second with a double, eventually scoring on Michelle Roldan’s RBI single to cut the defecit.
Then, the Matadors tallied another one of their increasingly common innings in the third. A couple of errors by Paradise Valley opened the door for what became a seven run Matador third and AWC never trailed the rest of the day.
Lentz added a solo homer for the Pumas in the bottom of the inning and Paradise Valley would add another to cut the defecit to four.
But Chloe Garcia added a two-run homer for the Matadors in the fourth and Arizona Western tacked on three in the fifth as Coddington settled in and sealed the run-rule after five, 13-4.
Coddington improves her record to 9-0 adding seven more strikeouts in five innings in the circle.
The Lady Matadors wasted no-time in game two, striking for five runs in the opening frame. Azalea Moore singled and stole second before Cassandra Valle drove her in with a single. Cline singled and scored on Roldan’s single two batters later. After Nicole Moran walked, Aylin Campa cleared the bases with a three-run double to cap a five run inning.
Cline belted a three-run homer in the second and Valle blasted a three-run homer in a five run fifth to open up the advantage.
It was all in support of Sarah Velasquez who dominated for four innings allowing just a single hit. Velasquez pitched 8 scoreless innings this week, surrendering just the lone hit in two victories, improving to 6-0 on the season.
Kanani Vizcarra pitched the final inning to claim the 14-0 victory.
The Lady Matadors are now 15-1 on the season, 6-0 in conference play. Arizona Western is first in the nation in three offensive categories; runs (160), hits (179), and home runs (25).
Arizona Western is back at Charlie Dine Field on Tuesday hosting the Pima Aztecs 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.