By ROSE VALENZUELA
The Pima Community College baseball team (19-19-1, 9-13 ACCAC) had a tough time getting its offense on track against Cochise College on April 2.
Cochise took both games of a doubleheader at West Campus, winning 5-1 and 4-0.
Sophomore pitcher Keith Zuniga absorbed the loss in game one, as his mark dropped to 5-2 on the year.
Sophomore Bryant Muñoz went 3 for 3 from the dish in the contest.
The Apaches held PCC to five hits in game two, as freshman pitcher Hyrum Formo took the loss.
Pima also lost a home doubleheader against Scottsdale Community College on March 30.
The Aztecs again had trouble producing runs, falling 4-1 and 6-1.
In the first game, sophomore Zach Schira knocked in freshman Alvaro Flores, but Scottsdale put it away with a four-run sixth inning.
Sophomore pitcher Jake Cole was the hard-luck loser, going the distance and giving up only three earned runs. He stands at 2-4 on the year.
In game two, sophomore pitcher Will Holbrook took the loss and is now 2-3 this season.
Schira and freshman Luis Robles each went 2 for 4 in the contest.
Pima swept Glendale Community College at home on March 26. The Aztec bats were alive during the two games, and they took full advantage.
PCC defeated Glendale 5-4 in the first game, as Muñoz came through with a pinch-hit, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth.
With only one out, sophomore Dylan Dyson hit a single and sophomore Andre Porterfield got hit by a pitch. A wild pitch then moved the runners up a base.
After freshman Juan Gamez was walked intentionally, the stage was set for Muñoz’s heroics.
Cole pitched 1 2/3 innings with no runs, no hits, two strikeouts and two walks to get the win for Pima.
The Aztecs won the second game 7-1. Formo gave up one run in seven innings with no walks and seven strikeouts to pick up the win.
The Aztecs were down 1-0 until they scored five runs in the third inning, helped along by sophomore Alec Beyersdorf’s RBI triple.
Freshman Luis Robles had a run-scoring single in the same inning to make the game 5-1. The Aztecs tacked on two more in the sixth.
Pima split a home twinbill with Paradise Valley Community College on March 23.
Cole pitched a gem in game one, as PCC won 3-2. The sophomore went the distance and surrendered no earned runs while striking out 14 and issuing a single walk.
Paradise Valley took game two 14-3.
The Aztecs play Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler on April 6. Game one of the doubleheader is scheduled for noon.