MESA, Ariz. –Three long balls in game one and three pitchers in game two equaled a sweep of the Mesa Thunderbirds Tuesday afternoon.
It was smooth sailing in the first game of the double-header behind Koryne Coddington who hurled another complete game shutout as the Matadors blasted three home-runs in a 8-0 win.
For Coddington, it is a conference best 22nd complete game and her 6th shutout of the season, as she tossed five scoreless innings while striking out six, allowing five hits and walking one.
The Matador offense supported her with a pair of runs in the second when Chloe Garcia tripled in Cassandra Valle before scoring on a passed ball.
A five spot in the third opened the game up as Valle belted a two-run homer. Michelle Roldan doubled, Azalea Moore reached on a bunt single before Reina Tsuma cranked a three-run blast to extend the lead to seven runs.
Moore added a solo homer in the fifth to put the finishing touches on an 8-0 victory.
Coddington started game two for the Matadors as well keeping the Thunderbirds scoreless for the first two innings, giving the AWC offense time to jump on the board with a crooked number.
The Matador third started with a Nicole Moran single. Sabrina Garcia singled to put runners on the corners with two outs. Andrea Cline delivered the two-out single to plate both runners. Valle doubled home Cline and then scored on Roldan’s single. After Chloe Garcia walked, Moore delivered the two-run double. The Matadors sent 11 hitters to the plate in the inning.
The Thunderbirds answered back in bottom of the inning, striking for three runs.
Danielle Burgos’ solo homer in the fourth pushed the Matador lead back to four but Mesa answered right back with a single run.
Aylin Campa drew a two-out walk in the fifth and came home on Sabrina Garica’s triple making the score 8-4 but Mesa got that run back as well against reliever Kanani Vizcarra.
Mesa got one more back in the bottom of the sixth and pushed out Vizcarra. Sarah Velasquez entered and induced an inning-ending double-play before retiring the Thunderbirds in order to seal an 8-6 victory.
Coddington picks up wins 24 and 25 on the season to run her nation-leading record to 25-2.
Arizona Western improves to 38-4 on the season and 29-3 in the ACCAC.
The Lady Matadors continue on the road in Tucson to take on Pima for two games beginning at noon. Arizona Western will see the Thunderbirds again next Tuesday in Yuma to complete the season series.
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.