The Pima Community College baseball team (26-18, 14-16 in ACCAC) played to its fifth straight ACCAC conference split doubleheader on Saturday as the Aztecs hosted Arizona Western College (20-21, 8-15) at the West Campus.
Sophomore Ryan Ramsower (Salpointe Catholic HS) went 2 for 7 with five RBIs on the day.
Game 1: Pima CC Aztecs 4, Arizona Western College Matadors 2
Freshman pitcher Andres Hackman (Empire HS) threw a complete game giving up two runs (none earned) on two hits with four strikeouts and three walks. He improved to 7-1 on the season.
Down 2-0, the Aztecs tied the game in the third inning. Sophomore David Oropeza (Nogales HS) led off the inning with a single and scored on a sacrifice-fly RBI by Ramsower. Two batters later, freshman Manny Ramirez (Bisbee HS) hit an RBI single to plate freshman Anthony Felix (Canyon del Oro HS).
Green finished 1 for 2 with two RBIs while Ramirez went 2 for 2 with an RBI. Oropeza went 2 for 3 with a run scored and Ramsower was 0 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored.
Game 2: Arizona Western College Matador 9, Pima CC Aztecs 7
The Aztecs took an early lead but the Matadors came back in the mid-innings to take the lead for good.
The Aztecs scored three runs in the first inning capped off by sophomore Frankie Ortiz's (Ironwood Ridge HS) two-run RBI triple to make it 3-0. The Matadors tied it in the third and took a 4-3 lead after the fourth inning.
Pima responded in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Sophomore Ivan Estrella drew a bases loaded walk and two batters later Ramsower hit a three-run RBI triple to put the Aztecs ahead 7-4. Arizona Western scored two in the fifth and three in the sixth to take the lead. The Aztecs managed one hit after the fourth inning.
Ramsower finished the game 2 for 5 with three RBIs while Ortiz went 1 for 4 with two RBIs. Rodriguez was 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Freshman Kristian Samorano (Tucson Magnet HS) took the loss (1-1) as he pitched two innings in relief giving up three runs (three earned) on two hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
The Aztecs will play a non-conference doubleheader against Arizona Christian University (JV) in Phoenix. The games will be at noon and 2:30 p.m.
Andres Hackman/Photo by Ben Carbajal