By STEVEN FOWLER
The Pima Community College baseball squad (28-20, 15-17 in ACCAC) earned a series split against the No. 8 ranked Mesa Community College at home on April 16.
In the first game against the Thunderbirds, PCC was shutout despite a lone hit by freshman Anthony Felix who hit an infield single in the first inning. Freshman Andres Hackman (7-2) went the distance on the mound in a complete-game loss while allowing four runs.
In the second game, PCC responded by putting up an eight spot in the third inning and scoring four more in the fourth, Felix and sophomore Frankie Ortiz each hit two-run RBI singles. PCC split another doubleheader, this time against Arizona Christian University (JV) on April 12. In a pitching duel, the Aztecs faltered in game one as pitcher Daniel Tolano did not receive run support. Sophomore David Oropeza reached base on an error that scored sophomore Hunter Green who went 1-for-3 at the plate.
In a 14-4 mercy rule win in the second game, PCC erupted early and scored in all six innings except for the third. Ortiz homered and finished 3-for-4 with three RBI.
In a doubleheader split against Arizona Western on April 9, Hackman threw a complete-game while giving up two runs and four strikeouts. Oropeza went 2-for-3 with a run scored. In the second game, Pima blew a 3-0 lead in the fourth as the Matadors scored the go-ahead run.
In a doubleheader split at Central Arizona College, the Aztecs were held to one run on four hits in a 6-1 loss. Freshman Manny Ramirez broke the shutout with a homerun in the seventh. In game two, PCC won 14-13 in 11 innings. Sophomore Francisco Rodriguez finished 4 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored.