By JOSE SANTIAGO III
Pima Community College swept the University of Arizona club baseball team on Feb. 11 in a double header.
Pima would take the first game by a score of 8-0 and freshman Chris Kucko finally got his first win of the season after pitching five innings of the shutout and only giving up four hits.
Sophomores Kellen Marruffo, Devon Carrillo and A.J. Acosta each had two RBIs in the game.
In the second game of the double header Pima won 10-0.
The win was the Aztecs fifth in a row.
Freshman Francisco Rodriguez went 3 for 4 and racked up 3 RBIs in the game.
Freshman Ruben Bracamontes matched Rodriguez’s production, also going 3 for 4 with 3 RBIs.
The Aztecs look to take this hot streak into ACCAC Conference play starting Feb. 15. They play Western Arizona College in Yuma and look to get their record to above .500 for the first time this season.
Pima won three straight versus Hermosillo College on Feb. 7-9.
In the first game Aztecs won 9-4.
All nine runs came from a huge rally in the sixth inning.
Sophomores James Lynch, Steven Still, Jaquese Moore and freshmen Rodriguez and Brandon Burke each had an RBI in the game.
Sophomore Cole Plouck pitched another great game but couldn’t secure the win. He pitched 5 and two-third innings, giving up only one unearned run.
The second game of the double header had even more offense, winning the game 15-2.
Lynch was the offensive star of the game. He went 3 for 4 from the plate with 4 RBIs, two runs and one home run.
The bats would be alive and well for the third game of the series against Hermosillo, as they would win 8-2.
Freshman Kyle Petty pitched seven innings in the game and only gave up one run on four hits giving him his first win of the season.
Lynch had another great game, including a two-RBI single in the second inning.
Pima dropped two straight versus Western Nevada on Feb. 4-5.
In the second game of the series Kucko pitched six innings and had four strikeouts, but also gave up four runs and seven hits, resulting in his second loss of the season.
The offense struggled in this game as well. Lynch, Bracamontes and sophomore Juan Gamez each had one hit in the effort. Final score 5-0.
The struggles continued for the Aztecs in their game against the Sonora College All-Stars on Feb. 7.
This game went into extra innings with the score tied at one apiece, but due to a passed ball late in the game they would end up losing 3-2.
Sophomore Scotty Watson pitched a great game. He threw 112 pitches in seven and one-third innings, with seven strikeouts and giving up only one unearned run.
Sophomore Dan Kennon would score both runs for the Aztecs in the game on a 1-5 performance from the plate.
The Aztecs dropped both games of a doubleheader on Jan. 31, losing to Paradise Valley Community College.
Kucko was called upon to start the first game of the season for the Aztecs. He struggled early, giving up two runs in the first inning of play.
Kucko would settle down though, only giving up one more run for the rest of the five and two-thirds innings. He left the game with the Aztecs in a two run deficit, down 3-1.
Gamez would score the only run for the Aztecs, going 2 for 4 from the plate.
Watson was strong, starting the second game of the doubleheader. He pitched four and two-thirds innings, only giving up two hits and one unearned run to go along with four strikeouts.
Despite Watson’s strong performance, the Aztecs still found themselves down 1-0.
The Aztec bats showed some signs of life later in the game, scoring four runs in the seventh inning and taking a three-run lead heading in to the bottom of the frame.
The lead was short lived for the Aztecs, as they gave up four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to find themselves down 5-4 going into the eighth inning.
The Aztecs lost the game 6-4, starting the season 0-2.
The second day of the season was slightly better for Pima, as they took one game of two against Paradise Valley at home.
The first game of the doubleheader was a thriller. Through the first 5 and two-third innings Pima pitchers were working on a no-hitter.
Plouck pitched the first four and two-third innings of no-hit ball in a strong starting effort before being pulled. He also had seven strikeouts to go along with four walks.
Going into the bottom of the seventh inning Pima was down by the score of 1-0. Carrillo would score in the inning on a wild pitch to tie the game.
Still scored later in the inning on a sacrifice fly hit by Cooper Smith.
The sacrifice would wind up being the game-winning run and give the Aztecs their first win of the season. Final score 2-1.
In the second game, the Aztecs lost 3-0.
Marruffo went 3 for 4 in the game and Carrillo went 2 for 3 combining for 5 of the Aztecs’ 6 hits in the game.
Freshman Marcel Renteria pitched four and two-third innings of relief, racking up seven strikeouts to only one walk.
He did give up two runs and would ultimately take the loss.