SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A nail-bitter in the opening game gave way to the Lady Matadors typical offensive outburst in game two as Arizona Western swept Scottsdale Saturday afternoon.
Arizona Western held on to a 2-1 game win before opening up a 20-4 game two victory.
The Matadors entered the afternoon averaging nearly 20 runs (19.3) in every double-header.
But in game one, the Lady Mats could not start anything in the first against Scottsdale starter Jenika Smith.
Michelle Roldan broke the scoring in the top of the second by legging out an inside the park home run, blasting a ball off the top of the fence and beating home the relay throw.
The Lady Matadors added another run in the top of the third by utilizing a walk drawn by Azalea Moore. After Danielle Burgos laid down a sacrifice bunt, Andrea Cline doubled home Moore to give AWC a 2-0 lead.
That would prove enough for the NJCAA leader in wins, Koryne Coddington. Coddington kept the Fighting Artichokes scoreless over the first six innings.
Scottsdale finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh after Briana Erran doubled to start the frame. She moved to third on Marissa Murillo’s single, and scored on an RBI groundout.
But Coddington finished off the win by picking up a strike out an inducing a fly out to end the game.
The win improves Coddington nation best record to 14-0 and ran the Matadors streak to 20 consecutive victories.
After the close game in game one, and a relatively quiet offensive performance, the offense jumped out early in game two.
Sabrina Garcia reached on a walk before stealing second and third. After Moore was hit by a pitch, a double-steal brought Garcia home and sent the Matadors off to the races.
The Matadors would put up impressive innings in the first two frames with eight runs in the first and ten in the second.
In all, the Matadors finished with 20 runs belting four more home runs to push their season total to 38. Moore, Burgos, Cassandra Valle, and Nicole Moran each added to the homer total, with Burgos hitting a grand slam and Moran a three-run homer. They each led the way with five RBI a piece.
Burgos, Cline, Valle, Reina Tsuma, and Moran each had three hits as Arizona Western totaled 21 knocks in the second game.
Kanani Vizcarra tossed three scoreless innings of relief to pickup her first win of the season as the Matadors improve their record to 23-1 on the season and a 14-0 conference record in ACCAC play.
Tuesday, they will take their 21 game win streak to Phoenix College for a double-header beginning at noon. The Lady Matadors return home Tuesday March 12th hosting Chandler Gilbert on Charlie-Dine Field.
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.