Roughriders sweep Eastern Arizona; winning streak at 12
THATCHER — Yavapai College’s softball team remained a game behind ACCAC Division I frontrunner Arizona Western on Saturday, March 9, notching a convincing doubleheader sweep of Eastern Arizona for its 12th straight victory.
With the Roughriders’ 8-0 and 9-1 wins on the road, Yavapai stands at 14-2 in conference play and 23-3 overall. The team has yet to play at home this season because of soggy field conditions caused by a wet winter.
Arizona Western sits atop the league with a 15-1 mark (24-2 overall). Both of the Roughriders’ losses in the ACCAC came to the Matadors on Feb. 9 in Yuma. Yavapai has not lost since.
In Game 1 on Saturday, Roughriders pitcher Shaye Pinner tossed a three-hit shutout, striking out four, in a run-ruled five innings to nab the win. Yavapai scored four runs in the third and the fifth innings to seal it.
At the plate, Brianna Griffiths blistered a home run, one of 11 hits in the game for the visitors. Kylie Brown (3 for 3), Jessica Giacoma, Neenah Pangilinan and Griffiths each registered multiple hits. Yavapai didn’t commit an error.
In Game 2, Yavapai trailed 1-0 after the first inning but dominated from there, scoring a run apiece in the second, third and fourth frames, and later scoring two runs in the sixth and four runs in the seventh.
The Roughriders compiled 14 total hits, including seventh-inning homers from Shaylee Alani and Brown. Alexus Garza, Meredith Clark, Alani, Pangilinan and Griffiths tallied multiple hits.
Kendra Duran picked up the victory in the pitcher’s circle for Yavapai, allowing one run on six hits and fanning one in five innings of work. Pinner pitched the final two innings to close out the Gila Monsters.
Yavapai faces a stiff test in its home-opening conference twin-bill versus ACCAC Division II-leading Phoenix College (17-2 conference, 18-3 overall as of late Saturday afternoon) at noon and 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at Lower Bill Vallely Field.
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