YUMA, Ariz. –An already hot offense stayed slugging as the Arizona Western College Matadors bashed their way to a sweep of the Mesa Thunderbirds Tuesday afternoon on Charlie Dine Field.
Danielle Burgos and Andrea Cline combined for eight extra base hits, three of which were home runs, over the two games and drove in nine of the Matadors 27 runs on the afternoon. The duo also crossed the plate nine times themselves.
The Matador offense jumped in front in the bottom of the first as Aylin Campa was hit by a pitch to start the inning. After stealing second, Campa came home on Danielle Burgos’ RBI double.
Andrea Cline belted a two-run homer and after Cassandra Valle doubled, Chloe Garcia ripped a two run homer over the centerfield fence as well.
The Mats started another rally as Nicole Moran and Reina Tsuma both singled but Moran came around to score after a throwing error slipped down the left field line. Campa singled in Tsuma and scored for the second time in the inning on a Sabrina Garcia single.
The Lady Matadors hammered out eight hits in the inning to build an 8-0 lead after one.
The Thunderbirds answered in the top of the third as a hit batter and a double by Alyssa Mattus put runners at second and third. Jodi Taylor was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jaden Encinas ripped an RBI double followed by Samantha Quezada’s two-run single. Ieleen Guardado singled in the fourth run of the inning.
Coddington then retired the next two batters with a groundout and pop-out to the second-basemen Tsuma before Jaden McDaniel cashed in the two-run double pulling Mesa within two.
Coddington struck out Medina to end the inning but the Thunderbirds had made it an 8-6 ballgame.
The Matadors got one back in the bottom of the third after Azalea Moore doubled. She moved to third on a Campa sacrifice and scored on a wild pitch.
But Mesa put two more on the board to pull within one in the fourth against reliever Kanani Vizcarra. Alyssa Matus ripped a lead-off single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Jaden Encinas walked, Samantha Quezada slammed a double to score Matus. Ieleen Guardado’s groundout scored Encinas.
Burgos responded in the bottom of the inning with a shot over the fence in left center field and Cline then tripled and scored on an error by the shortstop that put Valle on. Chloe Garcia’s double put runners in scoring position for Nicole Moran to double them both home. Tsuma plated Moran on a double and scored on Moore’s double. Campa made it four straight doubles before Allie Tito delivered a sacrifice fly to score Moore. Burgos added another single, her second hit of the inning, as the Matadors hit for the cycle as a team in the inning and put up a second eight-run frame.
Mesa got one back in the fifth against Vizcarra but the Matados finished off the 17-9 run rule victory.
The win is the Matadors 40th of the season.
In game two, it took the Matadors until the third to give run support to Sarah Velasquez.
Moore singled and eventually came in to score on Sabrina Garcia’s RBI single. After Burgos walked and Valle singled to load the bases, Chloe Garcia delivered a two-run double to give the Matadors a 3-2 advantage.
Definsively, Valle made a pair of impressive stops and throws in the top of the fourth to keep the scoreboard clean behind Velasquez.
The Matador offense added four more in the bottom of the fouth. With runners on second and third, Moore came in on a wild pitch before Burgos delivered another RBI double to score Campa. Cline then belted her second homer of the game, a two-run blast.
Mesa tallied an unearned run in the fifth before pushing across the only earned run of the game against Velasquez in the sixth to pull the game to a 7-2 Matador lead.
But the Matadors sealed the sweep with a three-run sixth. Burgos tallied her fifth RBI of the afternoon by knocking in Sabrina Garcia. Cline then notched her fifth hit of the day, all for extra-bases, before Valle ended the game and afternoon with a two-run double to secure the 10-2 win.
Arizona Western is now 41-5 on the season and 32-4 in the ACCAC.
The Lady Matadors are on the road Saturday afternoon to play the Central Arizona Vaqueras in Coolidge, AZ. The double-header begins 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.