By ROSE VALENZUELA
The Phoenix College softball team was probably happy to see Aztecs player Alejandra Ortiz board the bus to head back to Tucson on April 2.
The sophomore was a one-person demolition crew for the Pima Community College squad (28-16, 20-12 ACCAC), as it easily swept Phoenix.
Ortiz went 6 for 8 on the day with eight RBIs, five runs scored and a pair of homers.
The Aztecs took game one 9-0, as sophomore pitcher Yvette Alvarez tossed five innings of no-hit ball to improve to 13-11 on the campaign.
PCC pounded the Bears 13-8 in the second game. Ortiz nearly hit for the cycle, collecting a double, a triple and a home run in the contest.
Freshman hurler Corrie Ward picked up the victory to run her season mark to 4-1. Freshman Stephanie Vejar earned the save.
The team split a home doubleheader against South Mountain Community College on March 30.
Pima won the first game 7-2, as Alvarez pitched a complete game with four strikeouts and no walks.
Sophomores Noelle Medina and Shawna Comeaux contributed RBIs to help the Aztecs open the lead in the sixth inning.
Medina hit a two-run double, and Comeaux had an RBI single to make it 6-2. Freshman Danielle Stensby then knocked in Comeaux on a sac fly to account for the final run.
The Aztecs fell 11-4 in the second game. Vejar took the loss after pitching 3 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits with one strikeout and one walk.
Pima took a pair from Glendale Community College on March 26. Alvarez picked up both wins on the hill in the road sweep.
After Glendale had swept the Aztecs in a February doubleheader, Pima didn’t waste any time in taking its revenge. PCC scored 10 runs in the first inning of game one, and cruised to a 14-1 victory in five innings.
Ortiz had a pair of two-run hits in the first inning as PCC batted around. Sophomores Gemma Contreras and Aubre Carpenter each had a pair of RBIs in the frame as well.
Medina launched a three-run home run in the third inning.
PCC won the second game 8-0 in six innings. Alvarez had a great game, recording six strikeouts and one walk. She also hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, finishing 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Comeaux and freshman Stacey Ramirez also contributed RBIs to help the Aztecs pull out the win.
On March 23, PCC split a road double-dip with Mesa Community College. Pima won game one 3-0, as Alvarez threw a complete-game shutout. Mesa took the second contest 6-2.
The Aztecs will be on the road to face Scottsdale Community College on April 4. First pitch is scheduled for noon.