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Offense Awakes For Softball In 19-4 Rout Over El Camino

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It took just one game for the Pasadena City College softball team to nearly match its offensive production of its 11 previous South Coast Conference contests. The Lancers took out their frustrations on host El Camino College, recording season highs in runs and hits in a 19-4 rout over the Warriors Tuesday. The game lifted the Lancers out of the SCC cellar and likely a sixth place finish in the seven-team conference.

It was the first time this season that PCC won via the 8-run, mercy rule with the game being called after 5 innings of play.

PCC snapped an 11-game, SCC losing streak, a stretch where the Lancers scored just 20 runs. Against El Camino, 11 different Lancers collected hits and the team pounded out 18 hits overall. Pasadena batted around in the first and fourth innings, scoring 8 runs in each frame.

The Lancers (9-26 overall, 2-14 in SCC play) were paced by second baseman Lupita Contreras, who was 4-for-5 and drove in 5 RBI. Leftfielder Brianna Casillas batted 3-for-4 with a double and centerfielder Marissa Rangel went 2-for-5 with a triple, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI.

Freshman pitcher Jenna Martin (2-7 record) entered the game in the second inning and went on to pitch 4 innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 run and striking out 2 for the circle victory. Martin was 2-for-3 at the plate. The rest of the PCC hit parade included doubles by third baseman Amber Frame and starting pitcher Samantha Gontol, and singles by shortstop Tiffany Rubin, catcher Nancy Perales, first baseman Ilene Suleymanyan, designated player Maycee Murphy, and the first collegiate hit by reserve second baseman Raquel Aguilera Perez.

Rubin was 4-for-4 with a double and a triple in the team's 6-4, non-conference home loss against Moorpark April 9.

"We lost to El Camino last time around, and it was a jolt to our system," PCC Head Coach Elaine Martinez said. "I don't think we ever really recovered from that loss until today. It's been a tough season for us, but this win was great for morale, especially for our sophomores. We'd like to at least finish the last few games strong."

PCC finishes the season with a road game v. LA Harbor (Thursday, April 15) and a home contest v. East Los Angeles (Tuesday, April 20) at Brookside Park. Both games begin at 3 p.m.

[Photo--Raquel Aguilera Perez rounds second base in PCC's 19-4 win at El Camino College in Torrance Tuesday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 04/14/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu