YUMA, Ariz. – The Lady Matadors started with a flurry and finished with a flourish running a perfect 5-0 record through the 2019 Great Western Shootout, improving their overall record to 9-1.
The Matadors started fast on Thursday with an offensive onslaught in a route of Highland.
Friday, The Lady Matadors found themselves down 3-1 to the Utah State Eastern Eagles in the bottom of the fourth. The Matadors tied the game in the fourth as Nylze Salazar scored on a passed ball and Yassiel Lazo tripled, scoring on a sacrifice fly by Allie Tito.
The Matadors earned, what would be, the game’s winning run on a solo homer by Danielle Burgos in the bottom of the fifth.
Koryne Coddington shutdown the Eagles over the final two frames to seal the 4-3 win.
In the nightcap, the Lady Matadors followed behind a stellar performance in the circle by freshman Sarah Velasquez. Velazquez shutdown the 7th ranked Southern Idaho Golden Eagles for seven innings, striking out nine, while scattering three hits and issuing just one walk.
The Matadors struck for single runs in the first, second, and fourth before opening up the game with pairs of runs in the sixth and seventh to finish a 7-0 victory.
Arizona Western was scheduled for three games on Saturday but did not complete the first game due to the opponent’s shortage of available players after the first inning.
In game two, El Paso struck first for five runs before the Matadors answered with a five spot of their own.
The Matadors struck for eight runs in the bottom of the third, after Velasquez came on in relief to put her in position for her second win of the tournament. Velasquez struck out five more batters in 3.1 innings as the Matadors finished a 15-8 victory.
The final game of the tournament saw the Matadors build a 4-2 lead over the College of Southern Nevada. The Coyotes tied the game in the top of the seventh.
But Burgos quickly ended the game, hammering the 1-1 pitch over the fence to complete the perfect tournament run.
The heroics, along with a .529 average and 9 RBI, helped Burgos snag ACCAC Player of the Week Honors.
The Mats got another sweep as Velasquez was named ACCAC Pitcher of the Week because of her 2 wins in 10.1 innings while racking up 14 strikeouts without allowing a run.
The Lady Matadors hit the road on Tuesday to take on South Mountain for a double-header.
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.