By ROSE VALENZUELA
The Pima Community College softball team stands at 19-13 overall and 13-9 in the conference after splitting a pair of games at the Deanna Mauer Classic in Casa Grande on March 16.
The Aztecs dropped their first game of the day 4-2 in extra innings to Clackamas County Community College (Ore.).
Freshman Stephanie Ramirez drove in sophomore Noelle Medina in the seventh to knot it at two, but Pima couldn’t hold off Clackamas.
Medina was 2 for 3 with two runs scored in the game. On the mound, sophomore Yvette Alvarez absorbed the loss to drop to 8-10 on the year.
In game two, Pima downed Odessa College (Texas) by a final of 6-1.
Freshman pitcher Corrie Ward went the distance to run her mark to 2-1 on the year. Ward gave up one run on nine hits, striking out four and walking two.
Freshman Alyssa Guevara stroked a two-run RBI double in the fifth inning, while Alvarez went deep with a two-run bomb in the sixth.
Sophomore Cynthia Pelayo went 3 for 3 with a double in the contest.
On March 15, Howard College (Texas) blanked PCC 2-0 in the Aztecs’ first game of the day.
Alvarez had a good outing, but took the loss after surrendering two solo home runs. She gave up four hits and fanned five.
Pima only managed three hits against stingy Howard pitching.
In its second game, PCC lost to Illinois Central College 5-3. Alvarez took the loss after coming in to relieve freshman Stephanie Vejar.
PCC scored a home sweep over Chandler-Gilbert Community College on March 12.
In game one, the Aztecs turned a 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth. PCC held on to win by the same score.
Alvarez picked up the win on the mound. She gave up three runs on eight hits, striking out five.
PCC pounded the visitors 12-1 in the second contest, as Vejar notched the victory. She stands at 9-2 for the season.
Sophomore shortstop Aubre Carpenter had a two-run RBI triple, and also scored twice. Alvarez went 2 for 2 with three RBIs and a pair of walks.
PCC split a road doubleheader against Arizona Western College on March 5. The Aztecs fell 5-4 in game one, then came back to take the second game 10-3.
Carpenter’s RBI double gave Pima a 4-3 lead in the top half of the seventh in the first contest, but Western came back with a pair in the bottom half of the inning to win it.
Alvarez took the loss on the mound.
PCC exploded for four runs in both the third and fourth frames in game two, as sophomore outfielder Gemma Contreras went 4 for 4 from the plate.
Pelayo finished 3 for 5, and swiped two bases. Vejar was the winning pitcher.
The women dropped a home doubleheader against Eastern Arizona College on March 2, falling 3-1 and 11-1.
In game one, sophomore catcher Alejandra Ortiz got the Aztecs on the board in the sixth inning with an RBI single, bringing in Pelayo.
Alvarez was the losing pitcher.
In the second game, freshman Victoria Mariscal had the lone Pima RBI, knocking in Ortiz in the second inning.
Ward took the loss on the mound.
The women dropped two games on Feb. 26 at Central Arizona College.
The Aztecs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first game, but Central came back and defeated the visitors 4-3.
Pelayo had an RBI double and a run scored, and sophomore Shawna Comeaux hit a two-run double in the third inning.
Alvarez took the loss, giving up three earned runs and striking out four.
The Aztecs again had an early lead in the second game, but Central took another 4-3 decision.
Alvarez and Ortiz had RBIs in the second inning to stake PCC to a 2-0 advantage, and Ortiz later drove in Pima’s other run.
Central tallied three in the bottom of the fifth to salt it away.
Vejar went 4 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs on nine hits.
On Feb. 23, the Aztecs swept Monroe College (New York) at home, 8-0 and 4-3.
Mariscal, Medina and freshman Danielle Stensby all had RBI doubles in the first contest.
Alvarez earned the victory, and Vejar picked up the save.
In game two, Ward pitched 5 1/3 innings for the win, giving up six hits and striking out two.
Alvarez ripped a two-run double in the first inning, and Pima held on for the victory.
PCC demolished Paradise Valley Community College at home on Feb. 19, scoring 33 runs in the double-dip sweep.
Pima won game one 18-1 in five innings, then came back to blast the visitors 15-7 in the second contest.
The Aztecs return to action on March 19 in Prescott against Yavapai College. First pitch is scheduled for noon.
March 19: @ Yavapai College, Prescott, noon