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Moore Homers As Softball Gives Coach Musselman First Win

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It was quite the roller coaster ride for Pasadena City College Head Coach Josh Musselman and his 2011 women's softball team during their debuts Saturday at Los Angeles Mission College's El Cariso Field in Sylmar.

The Lancers bounced back from a season-opening, 14-0 loss to Palomar earlier in the afternoon by outhitting host Mission, 9-2, giving Musselman his first collegiate coaching victory. 

[SCHEDULE ALERT--TODAY'S DOUBLEHEADER AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO WET FIELD.]

After being no-hit by Palomar's Monica Villareal in the 5-inning, mercy rule-shortened opener, PCC started out slowly against Mission as the first six batters were retired in order. However, in the third inning, the Lancers proceeded to bat around the order, scoring six runs. Leftfielder Nikki Duran doubled to start the rally and her outfield teammates, RF Maycee Murphy (bunt) and CF Kayla Moore, each had RBI singles during the frame.

Moore, a touted freshman batter from Boulder, Colorado, lived up to Coach Musselman's pre-season billing by going 3-for-4, including blasting the team's first home run, a solo shot in the seventh inning. She scored three runs and drove in two.

First baseman Danielle Lugo (2-for-4) and second baseman Nikki Salas (1-for-3, sacrifice fly, double) each totaled two RBI. Third baseman Elizabeth Hanna added two hits as PCC finished with 12 hits overall. 

Freshman pitcher Megan Martin limited Mission to four hits, allowing no earned runs, and striking out three batters for her first victory from the PCC circle. 

In the loss to Palomar, Moore (hit by pitch) and Martin (third baseman throwing error) were the only Lancers to reach base against Villareal as the Comets' ace struck out nine of the 17 batters she faced.

Lugo came in relief of starter Samantha Perez in the third inning and slowed down the Palomar bats with two innings of 1-hit ball, including a 1-2-3 fourth inning.

PCC next plays two games on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. The Lancers face San Diego Mesa at 4 p.m. followed by the host Rustlers at 6 p.m.

[Photo--Kayla Moore launches a home run to cap PCC's 9-2 win over host LA Mission College Saturday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 01/31/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu