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Softball Takes 2 Of 3 At Rain-Shortened Golden West Tourney

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The Pasadena City College softball team turned things around over the weekend, winning two of three games at the Golden West Tournament. The Lancers had to play through several rain delays and had a few games cancelled due to inclement weather.

Pasadena (7-12 overall), which won the event last year, opened the tourney with a pair of wins Friday, edging Santa Barbara City College, 4-3, and defeating San Bernardino Valley, 4-1. PCC dropped its only game on Saturday, falling to Chaffey, 8-4.

Against Santa Barbara, first baseman Samantha Gontol batted 3-for-3 with a RBI single in the fourth inning. The Lancers trailed 3-2 before scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth. A Brittany Skoien single was followed by a RBI double from Kristen Miranda that tied the game. A Marissa Rangel single moved Miranda to third, then second baseman Lupita Contreras hit a sacrifice fly to center that gave PCC the lead for good, 4-3.

Shortstop Tiffany Rubin, who was 2-for-3, doubled in the Lancers' first run in the second. Amber Frame hurled the first 5 innings, allowing only 3 hits, to pick up the pitching win. Jenna Martin twice pitched her way out of trouble to earn the save with 2 innings of shutout relief. 

Two PCC errors and a single loaded the bases for SBCC in the sixth, but Martin worked out of it by getting a 6-2 fielder's choice and a flyout to end the rally. In the seventh with runners on first and second and one out, Martin struck out the final two batters to cap the win.

In the SBVC win, the Lancers trailed 1-0 before rallying for 3 runs in the fifth inning. Rubin's RBI double was the big hit in the frame. She batted 3-for-4 overall as did winning pitcher Gontol. The freshman from West Covina High threw the complete-game, 7 innings, allowing just 3 hits while striking out 7. She twirled 1-2-3 innings in the first, third, fifth and sixth. In the second and seventh, she also faced just three batters in each, erasing runners on a caught stealing by her catcher Nancy Perales and a 4-6-3 double play that ended the game. 

Perales hit a double in the seventh and scored 2 runs. Frame was 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base. 

In the Chaffey loss, Contreras went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, and designated player Ilene Suleymanyan singled in 2 runs in the seventh inning. Rubin reached base twice on walks and once on a hit-by-pitch. PCC stranded 10 runners on base. 

Coached by Elaine Martinez, the Lancers might want to play more games in the future at Golden West College. The team is 4-1 this season in games played at the Huntington Beach campus. In contrast, PCC is 1-4 in games played at its home diamond of Brookside Park. 

[Photo--Samantha Gontol, recording a putout at first base in a recent game, played well at the Golden West Tournament March 6-7, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 03/08/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu