By ROSE VALENZUELA
The Pima Community College baseball team (19-17-1, 9-11 ACCAC) had its offense put in check by Scottsdale Community College in a March 30 home doubleheader. The ‘Chokes took the double-dip 4-1 and 6-1.
In game one, sophomore pitcher Jake Cole went the distance, giving up three earned runs on five hits. His record fell to 2-4 on the year.
Sophomore Jesus Arvizu went 2 for 3 at the plate.
Sophomore Zach Schira and freshman Luis Robles went 2 for 4 in the second game, as sophomore hurler Will Holbrook (2-3) took the loss.
PCC used some clutch hitting to sweep Glendale Community College at home on March 26, 5-4 and 7-1.
Sophomore Bryant Munoz came through with a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth to provide the winning margin in game one.
Cole picked up the victory for PCC. Fellow sophomore Keith Zuniga started, going 6 1/3 innings, while giving up four earned runs five hits.
In the seccond game, freshman Hyrum Formo gave up one run in seven innings. Formo struck out seven and walked none to move his season mark to 2-2.
Freshman Sergio Ortiz went 2 for 3 with an RBI, and sophomore Alec Beyersdorf had an RBI triple.
PCC split a doubleheader with Paradise Valley Community College at home on March 23, winning 3-2 before falling 14-3.
Cole turned in a gem in the first game, giving up two earned runs on four hits and striking out 14. He gave up a leadoff triple in the top of the seventh inning, but struck out the side to end the threat.
Freshman Alvaro Flores went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
In the second game, freshman Scotty Watson took the loss on the mound. He’s 2-4 on the year.
Flores went 2 for 3, and sophomore Dylan Dyson launched a two-run homer for PCC.
On March 21, Pima took on GW White Rock Titans, a Canadian club team, winning 9-2 at home.
Holbrook picked up the victory to run his record to 2-2. He struck out 12 on 106 pitches.
Dyson finished 2 for 4 with three RBIs, and Munoz was 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
Pima had its six-game winning streak snapped by GateWay Community College on March 19 in Phoenix.
The Geckos took game one 2-1, as Zuniga suffered his first loss of the season. He stands at 5-1 on the year after giving up two runs on five hits in six innings of work.
Zuniga also had his 30-inning scoreless streak halted in the second inning.
Schira had a sacrifice fly and a triple in the game, while freshman Juan Gamez went 2 for 3.
GateWay took the second game 7-3, as Formo took the loss.
PCC went 4-0 at the Jack Howell Classic, which was played at West Campus on March 13-16.
The Aztecs played their final two games of the tourney on March 15, beginning with a 6-2 victory over Miles Community College (Mont.).
Watson gave up two earned runs in a complete-game victory to improve to 2-3 on the campaign.
Beyersdorf went 4 for 4 from the plate, including a solo round-tripper in the third inning.
The Aztecs shredded GateWay 10-3 in their second game of the day.
On March 14, PCC broke open a tie game with a six-run fifth inning to defeat Douglas College (Canada) 10-2.
With the score knotted at two, Robles ripped a two-run RBI single, then fellow freshman Devon Carrillo hit a two-run double to make it 6-2 Pima.
Sophomore pitcher Anthony Badalucco went five innings to notch his first win of the season. He surrendered two earned runs on five hits, striking out one and issuing four walks.
The Aztecs defeated Grays Harbor College (Wash.) 4-1 on March 13.
Holbrook went the distance against the Chokers, giving up an unearned run on five hits. He struck out eight and walked none.
Pima took a pair from Paradise Valley Community College at West Campus on March 12, winning 12-0 and 6-5.
Zuniga gave up six hits and recorded seven strikeouts in the complete-game victory.
Freshman Carlo Tacchia was the hero in the second contest, as he hit a walk-off single to bring in Beyersdorf in the bottom of the ninth.
Formo pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits.
Sophomore Santiago Romero finished out the contest to pick up the win for PCC.
Beyersdorf and Zuniga took ACCAC Division I Player of the Week honors for March 11-17.
Beyersdorf finished the week 9 for 19 from the plate, with seven RBIs and eight runs scored, while Zuniga pitched his third straight shutout against Paradise Valley on March 12.
Zuniga has a 1.20 ERA in 45 innings pitched this year.
April 2: Cochise College, West Campus, noon