BASEBALL: Aztecs end their season early

By RENE ESCOBAR

With the regular season coming to an end, the Aztecs did not qualify for postseason play.

 

April 22: PCC 9, Phoenix College 10/ PCC 1, Phoenix College 4

The Aztecs flexed their offensive might, but the defense whimpered as PCC were swept by 15th ranked Phoenix College.

Down by six runs in the top of the fourth, the Aztecs fought back, pulling themselves out of the hole with four runs in the inning. Phoenix kept the pressure on as they scored three more runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Sophomore Miguel Figueroa didn’t fold under pressure, hitting a grand-slam homerun to bring the Aztecs to within a run. The Aztecs would tie the game, but the comeback came to a screeching halt as the defense let one slip away.

In the second game the Aztecs offense cooled down, managing only five hits for the game.

Freshman Greg O’Brien took the loss. He threw for five innings, giving up four earned runs on four hits, with four strikeouts.

 

April 25: PCC 0, Glendale CC 2/ PCC 2, Glendale CC 12

 

The Aztecs felt the end of the semester woes, dropping their second double header in a row, this time against Glendale.

Figueroa was throwing heat all game, giving up two earned runs off, five hits, along with eight strikeouts.

With a rally in sight, the Aztecs stranded two runners on base in the seventh inning to end the game.

In the second game, the Aztecs had a spark of offense, scoring two runs early. Then the Gauchos poured it on, leaving the Aztecs in the dust as they scored 10 runs in a row.

With the loss, the Aztecs found themselves on a seven game losing streak .

 

April 29: PCC 4, Chandler-Gilbert 3/ PCC 9, Chandler-Gilbert 6

 

A disappointing season ended on a high note as the Aztecs rolled to a dramatic sweep of Chandler on April 29.

Figueroa was Mr. Do-it-all, pitching a solid game and blasting a homerun.

The game would go into extra innings as the Coyotes would not go down easy.

Figueroa capped off game one as the winning pitcher, throwing for six innings, giving up one earned run, with six strikeouts.

Down 3-1, the Aztecs roared back in the fourth going up five, three.

But the Aztecs were not done yet adding on two more runs to take a seven, three lead,

After a Chandler offensive surge, Sophomore Oscar Larramaga put Chandler to bed with an RBI.

Although the season may be one to forget for the Aztecs, they finished 20-32 (11-29 ACCAC), finishing on a two game win-streak.

 

Photo courtesy of PCC Athletics
Sophomore Anthony Felix tosses the ball to potentially get an opponent out

 

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