SOFTBALL: Ortiz powers Pima sweep in Phoenix

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.

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