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Home Field Disadvantage: Softball Falls To 1-8 In Games At Brookside Park
After losing three straight games at the Bakersfield Tournament March 20-21, one would think the Pasadena City College softball team would relish a return to its home diamond. But not the 2010 Lancers, who lost for the eighth time in nine games at Brookside Park Tuesday afternoon. Los Angeles Harbor College blanked PCC, 2-0, dropping Pasadena to 1-10 in South Coast Conference play.
Pasadena is 7-20 overall and had its losing streak extended to a season-worst nine games.
PCC's offense again generated little at Brookside. The team has scored just 14 runs all year at the off-campus home diamond, located just a short walk from the Rose Bowl. Opponents have scored 49 runs in nine games there and only committed five errors defensively, compared to 20 mistakes made by the Lancers.
Harbor (18-7 and 8-3 in SCC play) picked up the only run it would need against PCC pitcher Amber Frame in the fourth on a line-shot home run over the left-center field fence by outfielder Jasmine McNeal. The Seahawks added a run in the seventh, but for the most part was shut down by Frame's off-speed pitches.
The sophomore Frame scattered 11 hits, but did not walk a batter in the 7-inning, complete-game effort. Frame (2-5 record) had help from catcher Nancy Perales, who gunned out two Harbor runners trying to steal.
Seahawks' ace Shawnae Campbell twirled a 3-hitter, allowing an infield single to PCC centerfielder Marissa Rangel to lead off the first and a basehit up the middle by Frame later in the inning. The only other hit she allowed was a line single to right by second baseman Lupita Contreras in the fourth.
At the Bakersfield Tournament, shortstop Tiffany Rubin hit a double as one of just three hits the Lancers totaled in a 6-0 defeat to Santa Barbara. Pasadena then took a 5-3 L against host Bakersfield with Rangel going 2-for-4 and first baseman Kimberly Garcia 2-for-3. PCC closed the tourney with a mercy-rule loss to Riverside, 11-2, despite Frame batting 2-for-2 with 2 doubles.
The Lancers next play at East Los Angeles College Thursday, March 25 in a 3 p.m. conference start.
[Photo--PCC sophomore catcher Nancy Perales unleashes one of her two caught stealing throws in the team's 2-0 loss to LA Harbor College Tuesday, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 03/23/10