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Frame Returns To Circle, Softball Returns To Win Column
The Pasadena City College softball team turned to sophomore Amber Frame to go to the pitching circle with the thought of stopping a 3-game losing streak Monday afternoon. Frame's first pitching performance since winning 13 games as the team's ace last season was just what the Lancers needed as they blanked previously undefeated Santa Barbara City College, 2-0, at Brookside Park.
Frame pitched the first 4 innings earning the victory that upped PCC's record to 3-5 overall. Santa Barbara (3-1) mustered just 5 hits off Frame and reliever Samantha Gontol (3 innings) as the pair combined for the shutout.
Frame and Gontol also teamed up to knock in the Lancers' and the game's only two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Centerfielder Marissa Rangel led off with an infield single, then was advanced all the way to third base on a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt by shortstop Tiffany Rubin. Frame followed with a line single to center that scored Rangel for a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, Gontol dropped in a basehit to short right field that brought in catcher Nancy Perales.
Frame is PCC's regular third baseman this season, but may be asked to do more throwing as the season winds on with her effective start v. Santa Barbara.
Overall, the Lancers collected 11 hits, but left 9 runners on base. Rangel, Gontol and Perales each netted 2 hits. Starting third baseman Brittany Skoien, designated player Ilene Suleymanyan, second baseman Lupita Contreras, Rubin, and Frame all had 1 hit.
Frame, who allowed only 2 hits and 1 walk overall while striking out 4, got the team out of a jam in the second inning. After Santa Barbara loaded the bases on a walk, hit-by-pitch and an error, Frame struck out Vaqueros' leftfielder Elicity Fabing to end the inning.
Gontol, a freshman who holds a 2-3 record, picked up her first save, getting help from the defense in the fifth inning. SBCC put runners on second and third on a pair of singles followed by a wild pitch. With no outs, Gontol worked her way out of things with a foul popup to first, a strikeout, then aided by reserve first baseman Kimberly Garcia, who speared a line shot off the bat of Janelle Wong for the third out. Gontol finished with 3 Ks, but more importantly walked no one.
PCC received strong defense from Rubin, who twice forced the lead runner on fielder's choice plays from shortstop to third base.
One area the Lancers want to improve on is the ratio of free passes allowed v. free passes earned on offense. After eight games, the PCC pitchers have allowed 43 freebies (36 on walks) while the Lancer offense has only walked 14 times (no hit by pitches v. 7 picked up by opponents).
PCC next hosts defending state champion Mt. San Antonio College Tuesday in a 3 p.m. South Coast Conference game at Brookside Park.
[Photo--Amber Frame fires a throw to first baseman Samantha Gontol (3) for a putout during PCC's 2-0 win over Santa Barbara City College Monday at Brookside Park, image by Richard Quinton.
Release Date: 02/15/10