YUMA, Ariz. – It took extra innings, but the Arizona Western College baseball team (7-4 overall) swept Colorado Northwestern Community College on Saturday afternoon. After seeing a two-run lead erased in game one, the Mats rallied to win 5-4 in nine innings. In game two, the Mats blanked CNCC 3-0.
The Mats had their 3-1 lead erased and trailed 4-3 entering the bottom of the seventh and final inning. Justin Greene whacked a leadoff triple, and then Snaider Torrealba sent him home with a two-out, RBI single that knotted the game at four.
After the Mats kept CNCC off the board in extra innings, the offense broke through in the bottom of the ninth. Yodelvy Merendez singled and went to second on Greene’s sacrifice bunt. Carlos Arellano singled him to third, and Daylan Nanny drove him home with a single that ended the game. Nanny went 3-5 with the game-winning RBI.
Colorado Northwestern scored first to take a lead in the fourth inning. With two on, Brock Tsukamoto doubleds home a run for a 1-0 lead.
The Mats used home runs to take the lead in the fifth. Spencer Packard led off by smacking a solo home run over the fence that made it 1-1. An error allowed Greene to reach, and then Arellano poked a two-run home run for a 3-1 lead. It was the first homer of the season for both Packard and Arellano.
Colorado Northwestern took the lead in the top of the seventh. Brady Wilson hit an RBI single, and then with two on, Matthew Wilde tied the game with an RBI single. Dane Perry put CNCC up 4-3 with another single.
Ramon Miranda (1-0) earned the win after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. He struck out two while walking one and allowing one hit.
Brian Cantu took the loss for Colorado Northwestern. He allowed two runs on six hits in four innings.
In game two, the Mats jumped out to a 3-0 lead and made it stick. In the bottom of the second, AWC put two on with no outs. Arellano and Nanny both drove in runs with RBI singles for a 2-0 lead. Robbie Wilkes singled to load the bases, and Miranda singled in one more run.
From that point on, Braxton Anderson and Jan Nebenfuhr took over and didn’t allow a run. Anderson (1-0) got the win after striking out five in four innings. He walked four and gave up one hit. Jan Nebenfuhr struck out one without issuing a walk. He allowed three hits in three innings.
The Mats have now won six straight as they head into conference play. AWC travels to Central Arizona next Saturday for a doubleheader that starts 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. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,300 certificates and degrees in 2016-17.