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Rangel's 7 Hits Helps Softball Sweep Golden West Doubleheader
Leadoff batter and centerfielder Marissa Rangel had a banner day by collecting seven hits in nine at-bats as the Pasadena City College softball team posted a pair of victories at Golden West College Wednesday. The Lancers opened with a 3-0 blanking over San Diego Mesa, then soared to a 9-3 triumph over host Golden West.
PCC evened its overall record to 2-2.
Rangel, the team's only selection to the All-South Coast Conference team last year, batted 4-for-4 v. San Diego Mesa, stealing a base and scoring one of PCC's two runs in the top of the seventh inning. Against Golden West, Rangel was 3-for-5 with a steal and a double. The lefty hitter, who also was the starting libero the past two years for the Lancers women's volleyball team, is 10-for-17 after four games for a .588 batting average.
Freshman pitcher Samantha Gontol twirled the complete-game shutout against the Olympians, allowing just four hits, one walk and striking out two. Gontol helped her own cause by knocking in the go-ahead run on a single in the fourth inning, giving PCC a 1-0 lead. Shortstop Tiffany Rubin roped a 2-RBI double in the seventh for the the team's other runs. The Lancers banged out 11 hits.
Against Golden West, PCC continued the offensive assault with 12 hits, including three by second baseman Lupita Contreras. In the first inning, the Lancers put up a four-spot highlighted by rightfielder Kristen Miranda's 2-run single. Both Contreras and leftfielder Brianna Casillas hit RBI doubles for other key plate appearances.
Gontol threw the first two innings, allowing one hit and no runs before being removed for reliever Jenna Martin in the bottom of the third. Martin had control issues, walking the bases loaded with no outs in the fourth as Gontol was quickly inserted back in the pitching circle. From that point on, the West Covina High product scattered five hits over the final four innings for her second pitching victory of the day.
Overall, Gontol pitched 13 innings, gave up 10 hits, and allowed no earned runs (one unearned run in the fifth v. Golden West).
"Samantha pitched great in both games, and she's showing good signs of being a 'gamer,'" said Coach Martinez. "Catcher Nancy Perales and her did a great job of mixing things up and reading batters. Tiffany made some great plays at short. She picked off two runners at third with ground balls hit to her, firing quickly to get the lead runner. She adds an element on defense with her heads-up instincts. Lupita is another infielder who is making some big plays for us on defense. She's a steady player."
The Lancers travel to face Citrus College today at 5 p.m. for a non-conference contest.
[Photo: Sophomore Brianna Casillas is one of several PCC hitters off to good starts in the 2010 season, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 02/04/10