1/25/2013 10:27:00 PM Yavapai softball team opens season with walk-off win over nation's #1 club
The Daily Courier
The NJCAA Division I preseason No. 16-ranked Yavapai College softball team began the 2013 campaign with a bang Friday, upsetting preseason No. 1 Salt Lake Community College and defeating Western Nevada despite falling to Southern Nevada later in tournament play on the road.
In the opening game of the College of Southern Nevada Kickoff in Henderson, Nev., Roughriders freshman catcher Brooke Eifert-Pancoma ripped a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning that handed YC a stunning 6-5 win over Salt Lake.
Yavapai (2-1 overall record) later knocked off Western Nevada before being blanked by host Southern Nevada, 8-0.
Versus Salt Lake, Yavapai trailed 2-0 in the top of the first inning, but later knotted the score at 2-2 in the third and took its first lead in the fourth, 4-2.
The Bruins cut the YC edge to 4-3 in the fifth and tied it at 4-4 in the sixth, although the Roughriders regained the advantage in the bottom of the frame, 5-4.
With two outs in the top of the seventh, Salt Lake evened it at 5-5.
But with one out in the bottom of the final frame, in her only at-bat of the contest, Eifert-Pancoma launched the game-winning solo shot to straightaway center.
Brandi Heimburg led the Roughriders offensively vs. Salt Lake, going 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.
Freshman pitcher Aundria Zuniga-Romero went the distance for her first collegiate victory, striking out seven while giving up only one earned run.
Against Southern Nevada, Yavapai couldn't figure out Coyotes freshman pitcher Alashanee Medina, who scattered two hits over five innings to earn the victory.
While Medina was weaving her magic, Southern Nevada's Aimee Aipa and Rhiana Balaun provided all the offense the hosts would need, combining for three hits and five RBIs.
Jade Yost was the lone bright spot for the Roughriders at the dish, as she singled in the third inning and reached base twice.
The Coyotes, who finished with nine hits against YC pitching, led 3-0 after three and broke it open in the fourth by plating five more runs.
YC returns to the diamond Saturday for three additional games. The Roughriders will tackle Colorado Northwestern Community College at 8 a.m., Snow College (Utah) at 1 p.m. and El Paso (Texas) Community College at 6 p.m.