Arizona Western at (5) Central Arizona
Time: 1 p.m. today, Coolidge
Last game: The Matadors split with Paradise Valley, losing 5-3 and winning 7-3; The Vaqueras were swept 8-0 and 2-1 at Pima.
Records: AWC (36-18 overall, 27-13 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference); Central (39-8 overall, 33-7 ACCAC)
Players to watch: April Marque leads the Matadors with a .404 batting average and is tied for the team lead with nine home runs. ... Jessica Loiacano’s 18 home runs and 48 RBIs lead the Vaqueras.
The lowdown: The Matadors have eight games left this season and are a game out of the final playoff spot. But their schedule is a doozy, playing all NJCAA Division I teams ahead of them in the standings, starting with the first of four games left against the first-place Vaqueras. They go to third-place Pima Saturday and host second-place Eastern Arizona in the season finale April 27. ... This game is a makeup from March 9. ... AWC has lost 21 of the last 26 in Coolidge and 32 of the last 43 overall. ... The Matadors had won 32 straight against PV until Tuesday’s Game 1 loss. ... Robyn Alvara has been surging offensively for AWC. She’s tied with Marquez for the team lead in homers and is third with a .367 batting average. She leads with 51 RBIs, one ahead of Marquez. ... Courtnie Ploesch trails Marquez by .001 for the batting average lead and the two are the only two hitting more than .400.
— Edward Carifio