PHOENIX, Ariz. – While their record setting winning streak came to an end, the Lady Matadors maintained their hold on first place in the ACCAC with a split at Phoenix on Tuesday.
Arizona Western recovered their customary lead in game one after trailing by a single run into the fourth. A pair of two-run homers by Michelle Roldan and Nicole Moran gave the Matadors a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning.
Phoenix pulled tight in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of runs to chase out Lady Matador starter Koryne Coddington.
The Bears hung six runs in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by pitcher Brianna Hardy’s grand-slam.
Hardy turned around and completed the game from the circle, finishing a 12 strikeout performance to improve her record to 10-0.
The Lady Mats dropped game one 9-4.
Kanani Vizcarra was hung with the loss as the Matadors saw their 21 game win streak come to an end.
In game two, the Lady Mats raced to a five run lead with two runs in the first and three in the second.
Danielle Burgos and Cassandra Valle each delivered two run doubles to stake AWC to the early lead.
That was enough for Sarah Velasquez who avoided any big inning while navigating around ten hits without walking anyone. Velasquez struck out four and surrendered three runs while securing the win to run her record to 9-0.
Hanna Krosky (2-1) suffered her first loss of the season.
The Matadors finish the day at 24-2, 15-1 in the ACCAC holding a one game lead over Phoenix College.
The Bears are 17-3, 16-2 in conference play.
Arizona Western also found out after their game they opened the first NJCAA Poll ranked sixth in the country thanks to a 21 game win streak.
The Lady Matadors get their bye on Saturday before returning to action at home on Charlie Dine Field on Tuesday, March 12th at Noon against Chandler-Gilbert.
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.