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Roughrider Softball Splits Doubleheader Against Phoenix College
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23 March 2017  
Roughrider sophomore Shayna Ige throws from her knees after diving for a ground ball against Phoenix College on Tuesday March 21st, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham
Andrea Sotelo Homers Three Times in Doubleheader Split

PRESCOTT- The NJCAA division one tenth-ranked Yavapai College Roughriders softball team won the first game of a doubleheader against Phoenix College 5-2 on Tuesday afternoon, their sixth straight victory, but suffered an impactful injury in the second game and lost 11-3.

Andrea Sotelo was the main force offensively in game one, knocking two homeruns and driving in three on three hits.

“Just seeing the ball good, that’s all,” Sotelo said. “I just looked for the pitch I want and I got it.”

The offensive effort was enough for Amy Robinson who went the distance, allowing seven hits and two runs in the victory.

Game two didn’t go as planned for the Roughriders with the bad luck starting in the first inning when starting pitcher Kiana Spencer took a line drive off the shin and had to leave the game. The Phoenix College Bears would open a 6-0 lead against the Roughrider bullpen after back to back three-run frames.

The Roughriders would start to build a comeback attempt with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Sotello homered again, her third of the day, while Jaydee Boursaw knocked a two-run shot.

However, the Bears would go on to score five unanswered runs to secure the game two victory.

“(Spencer) comes in at 10-0 and she gets knocked out the second batter of the game, and that kind of throws a monkey wrench in there,” Roughrider softball head coach Doug Eastman said. “I’m not that disappointed or upset, it’s the way the game goes. Sometimes you got to ad-lib and we came up short.”

Eastman said Spencer received a pretty good contusion from the line-drive but is not expected to miss her next start on Saturday.

Yavapai College Roughriders (29-4, 25-3 ACCAC) continues conference play with a road doubleheader against Paradise Valley Community College on Saturday at noon. The Roughriders outscored Paradise Valley 17-0 in a doubleheader sweep earlier in the season.