LAS VEGAS, Nev. – For the first time during the young 2019 season, the Arizona Western Matadors did not have to comeback, beating the host College of Southern Nevada Coyotes 6-3 Sunday to wrap up the CSN Border Battle.
AWC made a habit of coming back in the weekend’s first three games, completing two, and having their first loss cut short due to darkness Saturday night.
However, Western wasted little time before building an early lead.
The Matadors opened the scoring in the top of the third with two outs. Zach Huffins waited on third after doubling with one out and advancing to third on Carlos Arellano’s fly out. Justin Greene delivered the first run with an RBI single before scoring on Sammy Hackl’s RBI double.
Southern Nevada tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out rally of their own. Nick Hernandez and Nicholas Israel both singled against Matador starter Gabe Ponce. Both scored on Johnny Cuevas’ two run single. Ponce escaped the frame with a strike out, keeping the score even at 2.
The Mats regained the lead in the sixth after Hackl started the inning with a single. Courtesy runner Arjun Huerta immediately came around to score on Ramon Miranda’s RBI single.
With the bases loaded in the seventh, the Mats took advantage of a gift from the hosts. Three runners came in on a pitch ruled a passed ball, handing Arizona Western a four-run lead.
The Coyotes loaded the bases against Mats’ reliever Zach Hansen in the bottom of the seventh, cutting the deficit by one after a walk forced home a run. But Hansen struck out Israel to leave the tying run on first and preserve a three run advantage.
Arturo Gil closed the door on the Coyotes with a scoreless ninth inning to secure a 3-1 start for Arizona Western.
The Matadors return home from Las Vegas for their home opener on Saturday February 2nd with a double-header against Glendale beginning at 11am.
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.