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Roughrider Baseball Stay Hot, Sweeps Arizona Western

Roughrider Baseball Stay Hot, Sweeps Arizona Western

In the midst of an eight-game homestand and eight-straight games against ranked opponents, the Yavapai College baseball team won its fifth and sixth games in a row on Tuesday afternoon at Roughrider Park, making it seven wins out of eight against ranked opponents in the last 10 days. This time, the Roughriders defeated the No. 8-ranked Arizona Western College Matadors with an 8-5 final in game one and 12-0 final in game two. 

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“That’s two good wins against a good Arizona Western club,” Head Coach Ryan Cougill said. “In game one, I was happy with how we continued to build on an early lead. Our bullpen came in and kept crooked numbers off the board and defense continued to be solid.

“In game two, Barrett [Skaugrud] set a rhythm and tone to the game and our offense flourished. In both games, our catchers did a tremendous job of handling the staff.”

Overall, the Roughriders move to 16-9-1 on the season with a 10-6 mark within the conference. 

Game One

The aforementioned early lead in game one came via the home run as a Roughrider sent one over the fence in each of the first three innings. 

In the bottom of the first inning, freshman utility man Ben Zeigler roped a one-out single up the middle and was followed by a two-run homer to right field off the bat of redshirt-sophomore outfielder Sean Rimmer. 

In the bottom of the second inning, sophomore utility man Jo Stevens roped a single to left to lead things off and was followed by another hard single up the middle by fellow sophomore utility man JT Taylor. 

Three batters later, with two outs and two men still on base, sophomore infielder Travis Warinner stepped up to the plate and demolished a baseball over the batter’s eye in center field for a long three-run homer to give YC a commanding 5-0 lead. 

In the bottom of the third, freshman infielder Ethan Thomas singled to center with two outs to bring up Stevens who made the two-out hit hurt with a two-run smash of his own to left field to push the lead to 7-0 in favor of YC. 

With a big lead early in game one’s seven-inning affair, the Roughriders cruised the rest of the way, added an insurance run on an error in the bottom of the sixth and kept the Matador rallies to a minimum to secure an 8-5 victory. 

On the mound, Zeigler got the start and went 3.1 innings with five strikeouts and two earned runs. Sophomore righty Ben Staiger followed with 1.2 innings and allowed two earned runs as well while striking out two Matadors. Fellow sophomore righty Tyler Davis closed the contest with two innings of one-run ball in which he struck out three. 

At the plate, Thomas, Stevens and Taylor each had two hits while Warinner, Zeigler and Rimmer all had one. 

Game Two

Freshman utility man Barrett Skaugrud was the story in game two as he completely dominated the Matadors on the mound. Skaugrud went the distance in the victory with seven shutout innings, nine strikeouts and just two walks and two hits allowed. 

While Skaugrud shut down the Arizona Western bats, the Roughriders wasted no time in acquiring an early lead in a big way. 

Warinner launched his second homer of the day to right-center to lead the game off, Zeigler then walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch, Rimmer followed with a single to left and redshirt-sophomore outfielder Amari Bartee followed Rimmer with an opposite field two-run homer to put the Roughriders up 4-0 in the blink of an eye with still no outs on the scoreboard. 

Now with one out in the bottom of the first, Stevens and Taylor singled to set the table again and sophomore catcher Alton Gyselman followed the duo with a perfectly-placed bunt single that brought home a run for a 5-0 lead. 

Sophomore infielder Kade York followed with an RBI single to right field for a 6-0 lead and Warinner stepped up to the plate for the second time in the inning and rifled a sacrifice fly to right field to cap off a seven-run first inning rally. 

In the bottom of the fifth, the Roughriders put the run rule in effect with a three-run double off the bat of Warinner to give him five RBIs in game two. In the bottom of the sixth, the Roughriders pushed two more runs across the plate, capitalizing on some sloppy defense from the Matadors. 

Up 12-0, Skaugrud slammed the door shut in the top of the seventh to secure the win and cap off the sweep. 

At the plate, in game two, Zeigler tallied three hits, Warinner, Stevens and Gyselman all had two and Rimmer, Bartee, Taylor and York all had one. 

Up Next

The Roughriders are back on the diamond on Friday at home against the Arizona Christian University Firestorm. The doubleheader is slated to start at noon. 

– D.J. Irwin


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