By JOSE SANTIAGO III
The Pima Community College baseball team is looking to build momentum following a doubleheader sweep at West Campus.
The Aztecs defeated Phoenix College in both games on Feb. 25, improving their overall record to 12-8 with a 6-2 conference mark.
In the first game, the score was tied in the seventh inning before sophomore Dan Kennon came up with an RBI single to give Pima the 3-2 victory.
In the second game, the Aztecs won 4-1 after more timely hitting in the seventh. This time rhe score came from freshman Francisco Rodriguez, who broke up a tie game with a two-run single.
Sophomore Scotty Watson earned the win. Freshman Ben Skuro pitched the last two innings to pick up the save.
The team split a double header against Mesa Community College on Feb. 22.
In the first game, the Aztecs won a 3-2 thriller, with sophomore Cooper Smith hitting the go-ahead run in the sixth.
They couldn’t muster runs in the second game, however, and lost 9-3. Mesa scored early against freshman Marcel Renteria and the Aztecs couldn’t bounce back from the early deficit.
Pima’s seven-game winning streak was snapped in the first matchup of a series against South Mountain Community College on Feb. 18.
Pima lost the first game 3-2. Freshman Chris Kucko went home with the loss after giving up three runs in four and two-thirds innings.
The Aztecs bounced back in the next game, winning 11-6.
Sophomore James Lynch went 3-5 with five RBIs. He fell a single short of hitting for the cycle, including a go-ahead home run in the seventh.
The Aztecs swept the opening doubleheader of ACCAC conference play against Arizona Western College on Feb. 15. Pima scored nine runs in both games and had 26 hits in the series.
Freshmen Kyle Petty and Renteria both got their second wins of the season. Lynch combined for three RBIs in the two games.
March 1: @ Eastern Arizona College, Thatcher, noon
March 4: Central Arizona College, West Campus, noon
March 8: Yavapai College, West Campus, noon
March 11: @ Chandler-Gilbert CC, Chandler, 6 p.m.
March 12: Northeastern JC, West Campus, 3 p.m.
March 13: Northeastern Oklahoma, West Campus, 10 a.m.
March 13: Pro Train Baseball, West Campus, 2 p.m.