Yuma, Arizona – April 8, 2013 — Arizona Western College is proud to announce that AWC Baseball player Travis Garcia-Perreira (gahr-SEE-uh peh-REH-ruh) has been named the ACCAC Division I Baseball Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 6th. Garcia-Perreira becomes the second Matador pitcher to earn the honor this season after fellow Matador starting pitcher Brandon Anderson took home the award in late February. The announcement comes six days after Garcia-Perreira kept his record perfect on the season with a complete-game 4-0 shutout over 19th-ranked South Mountain Community College in Game 1 of the Matadors’ doubleheader at Kammann Field on the AWC campus Tuesday afternoon.
It was expected with a brand-new, nine-freshman pitching staff that there would be some adjustments and changing of roles among the young hurlers. Through it all, ever since he began his Matador pitching career with six innings of one-hit ball in getting the win over the College of Southern Idaho at the season-opening Coyote Border Battle in Las Vegas, Garcia-Perreira has been the main constant. A native of Alea, Hawaii, Garcia-Perreira made his way from The Islands of Aloha to Yuma with the versatility that he could play outfield and pitch, and he’s handled both roles very well (he has started in right field on his non-pitching days over the last few weeks, and started both games this past Saturday at first base). Tuesday afternoon, knowing that the Matadors needed a strong performance against the team that they’ll need to catch in the standings to reach the playoffs for a second straight year, Garcia-Perreira took the mound for the first game against South Mountain and immediately set the tone for the rest of the day. Garcia-Perreira retired 11 of the first 13 Cougar hitters to face him, and took a no-hitter into the 4th inning. Once his teammates staked him to a 4-0 lead after three innings, Garcia-Perreira got even stronger, not allowing a South Mountain base runner to advance past second base all day, and never letting the suspense of having the potential tying run come to the plate enter into the equation. Garcia-Perreira made his third complete-game shutout of the season a reality by getting Cougars’ Jordan Frabasilio to line out to 3rd base to end the game, and start the Matadors on the trail of a much-needed doubleheader sweep, which they would accomplish with a 2-1 win in the second game. For the game, Garcia-Perreira scattered seven South Mountain hits over the seven innings, striking out four while walking just one. The win also gave Garcia-Perreira an 8-0 record, which ties him with Cochise’s Zach Rodgers for the best record in the ACCAC. For the season, Garcia-Perreira’s 1.34 earned run average is 2nd on the team (tops among starting pitchers), and places him 6th in the conference in that category. Garcia-Perreira also leads the team in strikeouts with 45.
Garcia-Perreira and the Matadors now embark on a four-game road trip this week-heading to Yavapai College in Prescott tomorrow, and then to Phoenix Saturday for the other half of the four-game series with South Mountain. They’ll return home a week from tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16th, to begin their final six-game homestand of the regular season against the 1st-place Cochise Apaches in a crucial ACCAC Baseball doubleheader at Kammann Field. First pitch of the twin bill is scheduled for noon that day, and admission for all regular season Matador Baseball games is free. Kammann Field is located on the southeast corner of the AWC campus at 2020 South Avenue 8E in Yuma.