Pima College’s media relations department contributed to this report:
The No. 20 Pima College baseball team had its 13-game winning streak snapped on Saturday as it split a doubleheader at Scottsdale.
Pima (31-8, 18-6 in ACCAC) will be back at the West Campus Aztec Baseball Field on Tuesday when they play Phoenix in another ACCAC doubleheader. First game starts at noon.
On Saturday against Scottsdale, sophomore Anthony Imhoff threw a complete-game shutout in the first game. Freshman Benji Cazares (Tucson High) and sophomore Andrew Stucky (Canyon del Oro) had key hits but the offense struggled on the day.
·Game 1: Pima 2, Scottsdale 0 (8 innings): The Aztecs were hitless for seven innings but sophomore Luis Garcia (Salpointe Catholic) got it going with a leadoff single in the eighth. Sophomore Hunter Faildo singled with two outs to put two runners on base. Cazares came through with a two-run RBI double scoring Garcia and Faildo.
Cazares went 1 for 4 with two RBIs. Garcia was 1 for 3 with a run while Faildo finished 1 for 4 with a run.
The Aztecs had three walks for the game.
Imhoff (8-1) picked up the win after he pitched a complete-game, giving up two hits with nine strikeouts and one walk on 86 pitches.
Game 2: Scottsdale 3, Pima 2 (7 innings): The Artichokes (14-17, 9-13) got on the board first and a Pima rally fell short.
The Artichokes scored three runs in the first inning. The Aztecs cut into the lead in the third. With two outs, freshman Antonio Avila drew a walk. Stucky took an 0-1 count out of the park sending it to center field for the two-run homer.
The Aztecs loaded the bases with one out in the sixth inning but a strikeout and a pop out ended the threat. The Aztecs went down in order in the last three innings.
Stucky finished the game 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Faildo and Cazares each went 1 for 3 while Avila scored a run and drew a walk.
Freshman Alessandro Castro (Pusch Ridge) took the loss (5-3) as he pitched six innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits with two strikeouts and no walks on 70 pitches.