By LYNDAJOE ECHERIVEL
Pima Community College’s baseball team had a split on the road in Coolidge on Feb. 18 against Central Arizona College.
The Aztecs won the first game 5-4 as Alexis Batista drove in Zach Sweety on a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning to give Pima its winning run.
Batista finished 2-3 for the game. Freshman Santiago Romero relieved sophomore starting pitcher Julio Felix and pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts to get his first college win.
In the second game, the Aztecs fell 11-0 to the Vaqueros. Freshman Alfonso Pacheco got his first college hit with a pinch-hit single. Garrett Taggart came in for relief and pitched two scoreless innings. Pima gave up seven runs in the second inning. Juan Vega took the loss for the Aztecs.
The Aztecs finished 2-2 on their Las Vegas road trip as they dropped the fourth game to Western Nevada on Feb. 12, 4-2.
Freshman pitcher Will Holbrook took the loss for Pima. Sophomore Ryan Gerber helped the Aztec offense out, going 2-4 with an RBI.
PCC faced WNC in a doubleheader Feb. 11, winning both games by at least two runs.
In the first game, Felix threw a complete game shutout, only allowing one walk and throwing five strikeouts in the 3-0 victory.
It was Felix’s first win of the season.
Leadoff hitter Gerber helped out the offense, going 2-4 with one double and one RBI. Continuing their winning momentum, the Aztecs beat the Wildcats 6-4.
Sweety and Bryant Munoz each hit solo home runs in the second inning giving the Aztecs a much-needed boost on offense. Holbrook recorded his third save of the season.
In the first game of their road trip to Las Vegas, the Aztecs lost 9-1 to WNC on Feb. 10. Jake Cole was the pitcher for the game.