BASEBALL: Baseball struggles to find constant wins

 By RENE ESCOBAR

The Pima Community College baseball team (17-23, 8-20 AC CAC) has ridden an up and down wave as they split twice and lost twice in a row

March 25: PCC 10, South Mountain 9/ PCC 8, South Mountain 9

The Aztecs won in extra innings in a high-drama match up at South Mountain.

Freshman Jesus Solis drew a lead-off walk at the top of the 10 inning, and  fellow freshman Marcus Mendez reached base on an error to bring Solis home for a run.

Sophomore Manny Ramirez hit  a two-run home run to tie game one at 2-2 in the fourth. After South Mountain  regained the lead, sophomore Anthony Felix tied the game again in the fifth with a two-run RBI double.

Sophomore Miguel Figueroa  hit a solo home run to put the Aztec at 7-4 in the sixth inning. In game two, the  Aztecs surrendered a 7-3 lead as South Mountain came back in the seventh innings to steal the win.

The Cougars matched Pima’s lone run, then scraped ahead to a  3-1 lead in the second. In the fourth inning sophomore Oscar Larranaga brought four runs in with a grand slam.

March 28: PCC 0, Eastern Arizona, 8/ PCC, 3 Eastern Arizona 2

Pima split a doubleheader against Eastern Arizona.

Disappointment was evident throughout game one as the Aztecs managed only three hits.

Figueroa took the loss. He pitched four innings giving up five earned runs on eight hits,  with one strikeout.

Game two was a defensive stalemate until the bottom of the ninth. Freshman Martin Garcia came up big with a  walk-off single to win the game.

Earlier in the game, Migueles opened the game with an RBI  double.

April 1: PCC 2, Cochise College 3/ PCC 3, Cochise College 5

Aztec rallies were cut short on the road at Cochise.

Trailing in the sixth inning of game one, the Aztecs cut into the lead, but fell short of the win. Sophomore Trevelle Hill took the loss after five innings, giving up three earned runs on four hits, with two strikeouts.

Sophomore Anthony Felix grounded out to end the rally and the game. Freshman Greg O’Brien took the loss tossing four and one-third innings, giving up three runs with seven strikeouts.

April 4: PCC 6, Central Arizona 7/ PCC 6, Central Arizona 7

After starting game one in a tight 2-2 battle by fifth inning, Pima was able to take the lead by one until Central Arizona scored five runs in the top of the six to make the score 7-3.

Their rally fizzled out in the seventh inning when bases were loaded with one out and an Aztec was struck out.

Figuero took the loss, he pitched five and two-thirds innings giving up six runs, two strikeouts and five walks.

Game two had the Aztecs down 5-0, until the fifth and sixth innings when the lead was cut to 7-4. After drawing three straight  walks in the eighth Figueroa hit a two-run RBI single.

Rene Escobar/Aztec Press Freshman Martin Garcia eyes pitch during game against Eastern Arizona on March. 28 at West Campus field.

Freshman Jose Contreras took the loss as he pitched three innings, giving up three runs, one strikeout and two walks.

ON DECK

April 8: at Arizona Western College, Yuma, doubleheader, noon, 2:30 p.m.

April 15: at Mesa, doubleheader, noon, 2:30 p.m.

April 18: vs. Paradise Valley, West Campus, doubleheader, noon, 2:30 p.m.

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