By ROSE VALENZUELA
The Pima Community College baseball team (7-10-1, 4-4 ACCAC) split a double-dip at Phoenix College on Feb. 26. The Aztecs won 5-1 in the first game, before falling 3-2.
Sophomore pitcher Jake Cole went the distance for the win game one, giving up a run on five hits. He struck out four and walked two.
Freshman Sergio Ortiz plated two with a single in the second inning, while sophomore Jesus Arvizu also had two RBIs.
In game two, Phoenix scored three in the bottom of the sixth to claim victory.
Sophomore Dylan Dyson got things started for PCC in the top of the first inning with an RBI single, scoring sophomore Alec Beyersdorf. Beyersdorf notched a pair of doubles in the contest.
Freshman pitcher Scotty Watson took the loss, and now stands at 1-2 on the campaign.
Pima earned its first conference sweep of the season on Feb. 23, taking a pair from Mesa Community College at West Campus.
Sophomore Keith Zuniga went the distance in game one, as PCC shut out Mesa 7-0.
Freshman third baseman Luis Robles had a two-run RBI triple in the third inning to get things started for the home squad. He finished the game 2 for 4.
Pima took the nightcap 5-4, as freshman pitcher Hyrum Formo picked up the win. Sophomore Santiago Romero earned the save.
Sophomore Bryant Munoz had a double and two runs scored in the contest.
A rare Southern Arizona snowstorm caused the team’s doubleheader against Okanagan College (Canada) to be canceled on Feb. 20.
The previous day, the Aztecs (4-9-1, 1-3 ACCAC) were swept at South Mountain Community College.
Pima tied game one in the seventh inning, before falling 3-2 in eight.
Cole went seven innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits. Cole had seven punchouts and walked three.
PCC dropped the second contest 9-6, as South Mountain stormed back late to erase a 5-3 Aztecs lead.
The team responded from a loss in its home doubleheader on Feb. 16, and came back with a decisive victory.
The Aztecs played Arizona Western College, and dropped the first game 6-1.
They left the first game in the past, and came back in the second game to win 7-1. They took the lead early, and had a lot of help from Zuniga.
The sophomore pitched eight innings, and gave up only one earned run on six hits with seven strikeouts.
Romero entered in the ninth inning to close out the game, and had two strikeouts.
“I like the fight we have,” said Zuniga after the win. “I like the fact that we have the ability to put the past behind us and move on to play the next game.”
The offense was outstanding in the win.
Beyersdorf hit an RBI double in the first inning to put the Aztecs on the board. Dyson also had an RBI single.
Sophomores Zach Schira and Munoz and freshman Cooper Smith also contributed RBIs in the contest, along with Ortiz.
On Feb. 8-10, the Aztecs were on the road playing another tournament in Las Vegas.
The Aztecs lost their first two games against Western Nevada College.
Although their first two games weren’t what they hoped for, the Aztecs took charge on the last day in Las Vegas and defeated Western Nevada 7-5.
Pima got on the board with two runs in the second inning. Western Nevada responded with four runs in the seventh.
After the lead went back and forth one more time, the Aztecs scored three runs to win the game in the top of the ninth.
Formo pitched six scoreless innings. He had eight strikeouts and only two walks. Romero pitched a scoreless ninth inning to get the win.
March 2: Eastern Arizona College, West Campus, noon
March 5: @ Central Arizona College, Coolidge, noon