YUMA, Ariz. – Two run home runs, two great starts, and two great wins for the Arizona Western Matadors swept the Yavapai RoughRiders 5-2 and 11-1 on Charlie Dine Field Saturday.
The Matadors staked leads on the strength of three two-run homers from Danielle Burgos, Michelle Roldan, and Azalea Moore while riding strong pitching performances from Koryne Coddington and Sarah Velasquez.
The Lady Matadors fell behind early as Neenah Pangilinan doubled to start the game for the RougRiders and scored on Shaylee Alani’s single.
Arizona Western answered right back in the bottom of the inning when Azalea Moore tripled home Sabrina Garcia to tie the game at one.
Yavapai and AWC exchanged zeroes in the second behind starters Shaye Pinner and Koryne Coddington, respectively.
The RoughRiders regained the lead in the top half of the third as Alani doubled home Brianna Griffiths with two outs.
But the Matadors answered again, this time with the long ball.
Garcia started the bottom of the third with a bunt single one batter before Danielle Burgos belted her third home run of the year to give the Lady Mats their first lead. Two batters later, with Andrea Cline on first, Michelle Roldan connected for her third home run of the season as well and the Matadors built a three run lead.
From there it was Coddington and the defense stringing zeroes together to preserve the 5-2 win.
Coddington improves to 7-0 on the season after striking out six in seven innings allowing two earned runs.
In game two, Arizona Western raced out to an early lead in the bottom of the first. Garcia singled before Moore hammered her second home run of the year. The Matadors loaded the bases in the inning in front of Karina Guerra, who promptly cleared them with a three run triple, chasing Yavapai starter Zoe Zoellner.
The Matadors tacked on another in the inning thanks to Garcia singling in Guerra to make it 7-0 after the first.
Yavapai got one of those back in the second against Matador starter Sarah Velasquez but that would be it. Velasquez buckled down behind the big lead and struck out three over five innings of work to be in line for the win.
Velasquez runs her personal record to 4-0.
And she didn’t have to go further than the fifth, because the Matador offense continued the onslaught with pairs of runs in the second and fourth to win via the run rule.
With the wins the Matadors improve to 11-1, 2-0 in ACCAC play. Yavapai falls to 7-3 on the season.
The Matadors hit the road all next week traveling to GateWay on Tuesday for a double-header at Noon. They will take on Paradise Valley on February 16 at PV before returning home on February 19h to host Pima at Noon 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.