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Pima softball hopes to end four-game losing streak in return home against Yavapai

Sunnyside graduate Natalya Rivera was one of Pima’s bright spots in a doubleheader at Eastern Arizona on Saturday (Gilbert Alcaraz/Special to AllSportsTucson.com)

Pima media-relations director Ray Suarez contributed information for this report:

The Pima College softball team went from winning 26 consecutive games to losing four straight — all on the road — as they head into last week of the regular season.

Pima (35-12, 22-6 in ACCAC) lost both games Saturday at Eastern Arizona (32-8, 27-3) in Thatcher after losing twice against Central Arizona in Casa Grande last Tuesday.

The Aztecs will host Yavapai on Tuesday in their final home regular-season doubleheader. The first game will start at 12:00 p.m.

They will play a doubleheader at Arizona Western on Saturday to conclude the regular season.

The Aztecs got shut out in the first game against Eastern Arizona on Saturday and then their rally fell short in the second game.

Sophomore Camila Zepeda (Tucson) extended her hitting streak to 23 games as she went 3 for 6 on the day. Freshman Natalya Rivera (Sunnyside) closed out her day 3 for 5 with two RBIs and a run.

Game 1: Eastern Arizona 8, Pima 0 (6 innings): The Aztecs left eight runners stranded as the Gila Monsters scored three runs in the sixth inning to end the game on a run-rule.

The Aztecs left two runners on base in the first, third and fourth innings.

Zepeda finished the game going 1 for 3. Sophomore Mallory Zylinski-Wrobel (Sahuarita) was 1 for 1 with a walk while Rivera went 1 for 2. Freshmen Talia Martin (Mountain View) and Aubrey Marx (Cienega) each were 1 for 3.

Freshman Jessica Thompson (Tanque Verde) took the loss as she pitched two innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk.

Game 2: Eastern Arizona 7, Pima 6: The Aztecs battled back to tie the game but couldn’t overtake the Gila Monsters.

Down 5-0 in the fourth inning, the Aztecs scored three runs as Rivera and Marx hit RBI singles.

Sophomore Mina Chacon (Tucson) hit a lead-off triple and scored on an error to put the Aztecs on the board.

The Gila Monsters tacked on a run in the bottom of the inning as Pima trailed 6-3.

The Aztecs came back with another three runs in the fifth.

Freshman Alyssa Lopez (Sunnyside) hit an RBI single to score pinch-runner Mari Asher (Canyon del Oro) while Chacon scored on an error on the same play. Rivera followed with an RBI double bringing in Lopez to tie the game at 6-6.

Eastern Arizona took the lead for good with a run in the bottom of the fifth. The Aztecs stranded two runners on base in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Lopez finished the game 3 for 3 with an RBI and a run while Rivera went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run.

Chacon was 1 for 4 with two runs and Marx finished 1 for 4 with an RBI. Zepeda closed out the game going 2 for 3.

Freshman Ailani Rodriguez (Rio Rico) took the loss as she pitched 2 1/3 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on seven hits.

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