YUMA, Ariz. – A shutout and a walk-off combined to give the Arizona Western College Lady Matadors a sweep of Central Arizona Tuesday afternoon.
The wins run the Mats record to 19-1 on the season and 10-0 in ACCAC play.
After trading zeroes in the first inning of game one, Cassandra Valle started the second with a single. With the bases loaded, a pair of walks forced in the first two runs of the game. Danielle Burgos delivered an RBI single to make it a three-run inning.
That would prove to be plenty of support for Koryne Coddington who allowed just five base-runners all game, four hits and a walk.
Coddington navigated through a pair of troublesome innings while striking out four and keeping the Vaqueras scoreless.
The Lady Matadors chipped in a single run in the fifth as Burgos walked to start the inning, Valle eventually drove her in with a single.
In the sixth, Sabrina Garcia doubled home Aylin Campa to settle the score at 5-0 in game one.
In game two, Burgos’ solo homer in the first gave the Matadors the early lead.
But Central broke through in the third against starter Sarah Velasquez as Mikaya Thomas’ lead-off triple set up a sac fly to tie the game at one.
Central took their first lead of the afternoon in the fifth, capitalizing on a Matador error to take a 3-1 lead.
The Matadors evened the game up in the bottom of the inning as Yassiel Lazo walked to lead-off the inning before coming home on Garcia’s triple. Azalea Moore brought Garcia home on a squeeze to tie the game.
Coddington came on in relief for the seventh, shutting down the Vaqueras in order by inducing a pop out and then striking out the next two hitters.
Andrea Cline reached to start the inning before Valle ripped a double down the left field line to plate Cline, who slid in just ahead of the relay throw, and keep the Matadors rolling.
Arizona Western hits the road twice to close out the week, first heading to South Mountain on Thursday to make up a postponed date, then on Saturday, traveling to Scottsdale. Both double-headers start 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.