By ROSE VALENZUELA
The Pima Community College baseball team visited Las Vegas for a work trip on Jan. 31-Feb. 1, going 1-3 in the College of Southern Nevada Tournament.
The Aztecs split their two games on the tournament’s second day, pounding the College of Southern Idaho 10-2 and dropping a 3-2 heartbreaker to the College of Southern Nevada.
Sophomore Keith Zuniga had a great game on the mound against Southern Idaho, pitching seven innings and only giving up one run. He had two strikeouts and no walks.
PCC broke out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, then tacked on three more in the third.
Sophomore Jesus Arvizu had an RBI double in the second inning, and went 3 for 4 with four RBIs in the game.
Sophomore Bryant Munoz and freshman Cooper Smith each had RBI singles in the third.
Pima gave up a pair of runs in the bottom half of the ninth inning to fall to Southern Nevada in the second game.
Freshman hurler Hyrum Formo pitched six strong innings, surrendering a single earned run on six hits. He had six strikeouts and gave up a walk.
Freshman pitcher Scotty Watson took the loss for PCC.
Pima had a tough time at the plate on the tournament’s first day, falling to Southern Idaho 9-0 and dropping a 1-0 game to Southern Nevada.
PCC’s three hits in the Southern Idaho contest came courtesy of sophomore Alec Beyersdorf and freshmen Luis Robles and Juan Gamez.
Freshman Cole Plouck was the losing pitcher.
After having their season-opening games rained out on Jan. 27, the Aztecs played their first two games of the year at Paradise Valley Community College on Jan. 29.
Pima won the first game 4-0, as sophomore Santiago Romero pitched four no-hit innings. Watson got the last nine outs for the save.
Sophomore Zach Schira and freshman Carlo Tacchia both contributed enough offense to push across the four runs that were scored in the game.
Schira started things off with a two-run double in the first inning, and Tacchia drove in two more in the third.
The second game ended in a rare 2-2 tie.
Robles got PCC on the board with an RBI single, and the Aztecs pushed across another run in the fifth to tie it up.
Sophomore Will Holbrook, Formo and Zuniga combined to allow the two runs on seven hits.
The Aztecs will return to Las Vegas on Feb. 8-10 to play three straight games at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
They will play Western Nevada Community College in the first game. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Feb. 8: @ Western Nevada CC (at UNLV), Las Vegas, 3 p.m.
Feb. 9: @ Western Nevada CC (at UNLV), Las Vegas, 11 a.m.
Feb. 10: @ Western Nevada CC (at UNLV), Las Vegas, 11 a.m.
Feb. 16: Arizona Western College, West Campus, noon
Feb. 19: @ South Mountain CC, Phoenix, noon