HENDERSON, Nev. – The Lady Mats opened the 2019 season by tallying 23 total runs and snagging a pair of wins at the CSN Kick-Off Classic.
In game one, the Lady Mats erupted with eight runs in the second inning cruising to a 12-3 win over Snow College.
Michelle Roldan’s bases-loaded triple opened the Mats lead to eight while capping the second inning scoring.
Snow answered back with three runs in the top of the third before the Mats pulled away with four more runs over the final four frames, ending in a run-rule stoppage in the bottom of the sixth.
Koryne Coddington stymied Snow from the circle over six innings to help propel the Mats to a 1-0 start.
AWC turned around immediately to square off with Southern Idaho for the second contest of the game. Southern Idaho seemed to expect a slug-fest, hammering home six runs in the first two innings.
The Mats found themselves down 7-6 heading into the top of the fifth, before the offense caught fire with two outs. Reina Tsuma was hit by a pitch before scoring on Azalea Moore’s double. Allie Tito belted a two run homer to put the Mats in front for the first time in the game. Sabrina Garcia then made it back to back homers with a solo home run and the final insurance run that Coddington would need.
Arizona Western improved to 2-0 with a 10-8 victory over the College of Southern Idaho.
Game three saw the Mats match up with Salt Lake Community College a couple hours after their second game.
The longer break added on to an even longer day prior to facing a very tough and apt Bruins team from Salt Lake. The Bruins jumped out to an early lead and never looked back behind a 7 run first inning, cruising to a 10-1 final.
The Mats lone run came when Moore scored on an error in the third. Arizona Western opens up the season at 2-1.
Arizona Western continues the CSN Kick-off Classic with a double-header Saturday at 10:30am PT and 1:00 PT.
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.