Yavapai outscored 22-4 in two games, Matadors take series 2-1
After the Yavapai College baseball team had no trouble scoring a dozen runs just 24 hours earlier, the Roughriders couldn’t seem to find their groove at the plate, suffering a doubleheader sweep to Arizona Western in Phoenix on Saturday afternoon.
Over Torres was 2 for 3 with two RBIs, but the Roughriders surrendered five runs late in a 7-2 loss to Arizona Western in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.
Torres hit the first pitch he saw in the third inning for a two-RBI single to center field to tie the game at 2-2, but a three-run rally in the sixth by the Matadors squashed any hopes of a Yavapai victory.
Arizona Western’s Sean Roby hit a solo home run, his second of three on the day, to break the 2-2 tie in the sixth, then left-handed hitter Justin Greene smacked a 1-2 pitch by Darius Vines over the right field fence for a two-run homer to seal the deal.
Roby was 3 for 5 with three home runs and five RBIs.
Vines lasted 5-2/3 innings, surrendering five earned runs on six hits and six strikeouts. He threw 87 pitches before Yavapai skipper Ryan Cougill removed him in the sixth.
Right-handed pitcher Irving Martin went the distance for Arizona Western, allowing only five hits and two unearned runs while striking out nine to earn the complete game.
Tommy Sacco was 1 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs, but the Roughriders surrendered seven runs in the sixth inning and committed a season-high five errors in a 15-2 loss to Arizona Western in game two Saturday afternoon.
Catcher Sammy Hackl was 2 for 4 with a double, a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Robbie Wilks was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, while Spencer Packard collected two hits, walked twice and scored three times.
Arizona Western collected 13 hits as a team and scored 14 of their 15 runs after trailing 2-1 heading into the fifth inning.
R.J. Martinez toed the mound for Yavapai in game two, allowing only one unearned run on one hit in four innings pitched. He threw 64 pitches before giving way to relief pitcher Dominic Hammel, who surrendered eight runs, five earned, on seven hits and lasted only 1-1/3 innings.
Yavapai (3-4, 0-0 ACCAC) continues its 11-game road trip to begin the season as they travel to Henderson, Nevada, to play Southern Idaho on Friday, Feb. 9. First pitch set for 1:30 p.m.
Brian M. Bergner Jr. is sports editor for The Daily Courier. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @SportsWriter52 or on Facebook at @SportsAboveTheFold. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (928) 445-3333, ext. 1106.
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