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SMCC Softball Splits Doubleheader with Arizona Western

SMCC Softball Splits Doubleheader with Arizona Western


The South Mountain Community College softball team split a non-conference doubleheader with Arizona Western on Saturday, Feb. 24, falling 7-6 in game one before rallying for an 8-0, five-inning victory in game two. The Matadors scored five unearned runs in the top of the seventh to erase a 6-2 deficit and spoil the Cougars' home opener. However, SMCC responded with a run-rule victory in game two, fueled by a three-hit shutout performance from freshman Taylor Christensen

Game Two Recap

Christensen's strong performance in the circle and 10 hits from the Cougar offense lifted SMCC to an 8-0, five-inning victory in game two of the doubleheader. 

Making her first career start in the circle for SMCC, Christensen scattered three hits and one walk over five innings of work. She fanned six and did not allow an extra-base hit. 

SMCC struck for a run in the first, one in the third, and then exploded for five runs in the fourth. They ended the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.  

Offensively, freshman Elise Saucedo had a pair of doubles and scored a run, and freshman Nadia Rascon blasted her first career home run and finished 2 for 2 with a walk. 

As the lead-off batter, freshman Dionna Leanio was a perfect 3 for 3 with two runs, an RBI, and a walk. Sophomore Mekaila Smith added an RBI single and a walk, freshman Azlynn Madrid added an RBI and a run scored, and freshmen Brianna RisleySabrina Erran, and Alex Paboucek scored a run. 

Game One Recap

The Cougars led 6-2 heading into the seventh and retired the lead-off batter before a host of errors undid their efforts, resulting in a 7-6 loss. 

SMCC got a run in the first inning, doubled its lead with a run in the third, and then scored twice in the fifth and sixth. 

Madrid was a perfect 3 for 3 with two RBIs, two stolen bases, and two runs in defeat, and Saucedo roped her first career triple. Freshman Sabrina Erran had a pair of hits, two stolen bases, and scored a run, and sophomore Iliana Munoz blasted a two-run home run in the sixth. 

Rascon and Christensen each had an RBI, and Leanio and sophomore Vanessa Philpot recorded a hit and a run scored.  

The seventh-inning miscues undid a solid performance in the circle from sophomore Angelica Tello. None of the Matadors' seven runs were earned, and Tello finished with four strikeouts and one walk over seven frames.