YUMA, Ariz. – The Lady Matadors broke out the long ball and broke open the game early in a 14-0 route of Highland in the Great Western Shootout Opener Thursday at the Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex.
The Arizona Western Matadors (5-1) jumped out to a five run lead in the bottom of the first on the strength of a three-run homer of Chloe Garcia, her first of the season. Michelle Roldan, the next batter, blasted a solo homer for her second home run on the year.
In the circle, Koryne Coddington was fearsome for the Matadors striking out 8 Cougars over five innings while surrendering just three hits.
The Matador offense backed Coddington in each of the four innings they hit, striking for two more runs in the second. Arizona Western went deep again in the third on the strength of Reina Tsuma’s first home run of the season, a three run homer, capping a 5 run inning.
The Matadors added two more in the fourth to complete the run rule victory.
Garcia finished the night 3-3 with three runs scored, while every Matador starter contributed at least one hit to a 15 hit performance.
The Matadors are back at it Friday afternoon in the Great Western Shootout, squaring off with Utah State Eastern at 3:30pm and Southern Idaho at 6pm.
The Tournament concludes on Saturday with a Matador triple-header beginning at 10am. The Mats will see Highland in game one, El Paso at 12:30pm, and conclude the tournament against Southern Nevada at 3pm.
General Admission for one day is $8, Children 12 and under as well as Seniors get in for $6.
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.