Aztecs sweep two doubleheaders

Freshman Courtney Brown swings at the pitch against the Yavapai Roughriders on Feb. 6. Pima is currently ranked No. 9 nationally. (Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics)

Freshman Courtney Brown swings at the pitch against the Yavapai Roughriders on Feb. 6. Pima is currently ranked No. 9 nationally. (Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics)

By JASON WEIR

The No. 9 ranked Pima Community College softball team (11-7, 8-4 in ACCAC) was involved in three doubleheader sweeps Feb. 13-20, with two of them ending in their favor.

Two PCC players were honored for their play Feb. 8-14.

Sophomore Odalis Orduno was named both the ACCAC Division II Pitcher of the Week and the NJCAA Player of the Week.

Orduno pitched in three of the four wins that week, winning two and saving another. She pitched 12 innings, allowing one earned run and striking out five.

Freshman Bailey Critchlow was named ACCAC Division II Player of the Week.

She went eight-for-12 at the plate in that span, driving in seven runs and scoring seven runs. Critchlow also earned two victories in 11.1 innings.

The Feb. 23 game at Paradise Valley Community College took place after the Aztec Press went to print.

Pima lost a doubleheader on the road Feb. 20 at No. 1 Phoenix College.

The Bears won the first game 11-7, with the Aztecs trying to play catch up all game after falling behind 4-0 in the first inning.

Orduno suffered the loss, 5-3, after  allowing seven earned runs on eight hits. She struck out three to go with two walks.

In the second game, Pima held a lead going into the seventh inning but the Bears won 3-2 on a two-run walk-off homer.

Critchlow allowed one earned run but received the loss, 6-3. She allowed four hits and struck out seven.

The Aztecs didn’t help themselves with 11 errors in the two games.

One bright spot for the day was the performance of sophomore Christine Olivas. She went five -for-seven at the plate, driving in three runs.

The Aztecs returned home to play South Mountain Community College on Feb. 16.

Pima had its second straight Game 1 victory by run-rule, as they scored five runs in the fifth inning to win 8-0.

Orduno received the win, allowing one hit and striking out four.

Just like the previous doubleheader, the second game was much closer.

The Aztecs trailed as they entered the final inning, but an Olivas single drove in two runs to win the game 5-4.

Critchlow pitched a complete game and got the win. She allowed three runs and struck out two.

PCC won its Feb. 13 doubleheader at Glendale Community College.

Pima earned a run-rule victory over the Gauchos in the first game, after scoring 10 runs in the top of the fifth inning. The final score was 15-1.

Orduno allowed one run in the victory and struck out three.

The Gauchos tried to come back in the second game by scoring three runs in the sixth inning.

However, Pima freshman pitcher Luisa Silvain took out the last four batters to pick up the save in the 7-5 victory.

Critchlow was credited with the win. She also hit a two-run homer in the third inning.

The Aztecs play Feb. 27 in the El Paso Tournament in Texas.

 


 

ON DECK

Feb. 27: @ El Paso, Texas,

El Paso Tournament

March 1: Central Arizona College, West Campus, doubleheader, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

March 5: @ Eastern Arizona College, doubleheader,

noon, 2 p.m.

March 8: Arizona Western College, West Campus, doubleheader, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

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