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Contreras Delivers In 7-0 Softball Shutout At El Camino

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Profiled in a feature article in the Pasadena Star-News this week, Pasadena City College softball team sophomore Lupita Contreras was portrayed as the team's quiet leader. The team's top hitter let her bat do the talking Tuesday as she helped the Lancers stop a 3-game, South Coast Conference losing streak with 4 hits in PCC's 7-0 road win over El Camino College.

A starting second baseman since the start of last year, Contreras hit a pair of doubles in her first two at bats, then added two singles in her last two trips to the plate in going 4-for-5 with 2 runs scored and 1 RBI. On defense, she recorded putouts on three liners by El Camino batters.

"We are looking for our sophomores to step up and Lupita did that in this game," PCC Head Coach Elaine Martinez said. "We hit the ball well as a team, but we stranded way too many runners. We left 12 runners on base and we can't afford to do that v. the top teams in this conference. The important thing was getting a conference win because we needed it."

The Lancers (4-7, 1-3 in SCC play) totaled 16 hits overall and gave enough offense to allow starting pitcher Jenna Martin (first 3 innings) and reliever Samantha Gontol (4 innings, win) to combine for the shutout. The pair tossed a 5-hitter with 4 walks and 3 strikeouts. PCC's defense played flawlessly behind them.

During the hit parade, centerfielder Marissa Rangel batted 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored, third baseman Amber Frame was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI, catcher Nancy Perales was 3-for-4 with a bomb RBI double, and shortstop Tiffany Rubin hit 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI.

PCC plays at LA Harbor College Thursday, Feb. 25 in a 3 p.m. conference first pitch.

[Photo: Lupita Contreras slides into second base in a recent PCC game, image by Richard Quinton]

The feature on Contreras, written by area college beat reporter Keith Lair, is at the link below:

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/rds_search/ci_14451542?IADID=Search-www.pasadenastarnews.com-www.pasadenastarnews.com

Release Date: 02/25/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu