Winners of nine-straight via run rule, the No. 5-ranked Yavapai College softball team hits the road this weekend for a pair of games on Saturday.
The Roughriders are set to take on the Mesa Community College Thunderbirds in Mesa, Arizona, on Saturday with game one of the doubleheader set for noon. Live stats will be available on GoRoughriders.com/Live.
Mesa heads into its matchup with the Roughriders with an overall record of 0-2 after dropping a pair of ACCAC contests to South Mountain on Tuesday.
Yavapai is red-hot to start conference play. After sweeping the Pima Community College Aztecs on Tuesday, the Roughriders are one-of-four 2-0 teams in the ACCAC and lead the conference in many statistical categories.
In the NJCAA, the Roughriders lead the country in runs scored, hits, homers, extra base hits, total bases, RBIs, free passes and shutouts.
Overall, 10 Roughriders own a batting average of .400+, eight Roughriders have multiple home runs and seven Roughriders have driven in 10+ runs.
The electric offense is paired with an equally electric pitching staff. The Emilys (Emily Dix and Emily Darwin) have both logged over 20 innings pitched, tallied three-or-more victories and have 60 combined strikeouts (39 from Dix and 21 from Darwin).
Freshman pitchers Abby Cruz and Genavie Espinoza create a formidable three-four combo for Yavapai as the duo have combined to give up just two earned runs in 19 innings pitched.
Defensively, the Roughriders have conceded just nine errors in their 11 games played.
Player To Watch
Sophomore infielder Cheyenne Sandoval leads the Riders in RBIs with 20, a mark that also places her second in the country. If Sandoval steps up to the plate with runners on, be ready for them to touch home plate in the near future.
One Last Thing
While the Roughriders nine-game win-streak is impressive, they still need 10 more consecutive victories to match last season’s 19-game win-streak. A sweep this weekend would keep them on track and push the streak to double digits.
– D.J. Irwin