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Softball Rallies From 5 Runs Down, But Citrus Wins, 6-5

Softball Rallies From 5 Runs Down, But Citrus Wins, 6-5 image

Despite a 5-run rally in the sixth inning to tie the game, the Pasadena City College softball team lost a heartbreaker to host Citrus College, 6-5, Thursday night. Citrus got the walk-off victory on a two-out, bases-loaded RBI single by Brittany Vasquez off PCC pitcher Samantha Gontol.

The Lancers (2-3) put the scare into the Owls (3-4) after Citrus built a commanding 5-0 lead through five innings. In the top of the sixth, PCC sent 11 batters to the plate on six hits and two Citrus errors, scoring its 5-spot that knotted the non-conference battle of the 210-Freeway.

Leftfielder Brianna Casillas and catcher Nancy Perales highlighted the frame with RBI singles. PCC stole three bases during a rally that was started by a double from third baseman Amber Frame. Overall, eight of the Lancers' nine starters hit safely, led by 2-hit efforts by Frame, Perales, and shortstop Tiffany Rubin.

Gontol (2-2) allowed 10 hits in 6-2/3 innings with four of her runs allowed being earned. However, Gontol could not be blamed for the Citrus seventh-inning, tie-breaker. Two PCC errors helped Citrus load the bases and Gontol nearly got out of the jam, getting the second out on a fielder's choice, pitcher to home play.

Citrus shortstop Tamara Robles batted 3-for-4 to lead all batters.

PCC is scheduled to play a doubleheader at Los Angeles Mission College Saturday, Feb. 6, but a weather forecast for rain could postpone the games. Check this website for a further update on Saturday.

[Photo--PCC second baseman Lupita Contreras makes a leaping catch on a liner during the Lancers' 6-5 loss at Citrus College Thursday evening, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 02/05/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu