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Lugo's Laser Show, 2 HR, 7 RBI, Power Softball's 22-5 Romp Over SBVC

Lugo's Laser Show, 2 HR, 7 RBI, Power Softball's 22-5 Romp Over SBVC image

Pasadena City College first-year women's softball coach Josh Musselman has been known to bring offense and power to the previous 4-year universities he's assisted in his career. On Friday, the Lancers put together a slugging show with a school record four home runs, two by first baseman Danielle Lugo, who drove in a PCC historic best seven RBI in PCC's 22-5 road rout over San Bernardino Valley College.

The left-handed hitting Lugo (freshman, Schurr High, pictured) roped a 2-run blast to right in the second inning, hit a 2-run single in the third, launched another 2-run homer in the fifth, and singled in yet another run later in that inning. She was 4-for-5 overall. The game was the second of a doubleheader for the Lancers, who lost 6-5 in game 1.

Lugo's seven RBI is a PCC single-game record breaking the mark of five set by several Lancers.

PCC totaled 20 hits in the five-inning contest, scoring seven runs in the third inning and nine in the fifth. Second baseman Jessica Chavez hammered a grand slam home run in the third inning and pitcher Megan Martin added a 3-run shot in the fourth. Thirteen different Lancers scored at least one run. Centerfielder Nikki Salas was 3-for-3 with a triple and catcher Jessica Hernandez was 3-for-4. Rightfielder Nikki Duran and shortstop Nancy Perales, both sophomores, added two hits a piece.

Adrianna Stevens was the beneficiary of the offensive explosion as she hurled 3-2/3 innings of 1-hit ball for her first collegiate victory.

"That was the first time in their softball careers at any level that either Lugo or Martin homered over a fence in a game," Musselman said of the team's accomplishments from the victory. "It just shows there's a capability from our players that they can reach new heights as hitters. Stevens was a kid who didn't even play high school softball. She came through for us with an outstanding effort as we are very short-handed in the pitching circle."

Hernandez batted 3-for-3 in PCC's game 1 defeat while Lugo, Hernandez and Chavez each collected two hits. San Bernardino won the game in the bottom of the seventh on a bases-loaded walk.

The Lancers were swept in a doubleheader Thursday at Moorpark College, losing 4-1 and 8-1. Outfielder Maycee Murphy scored the only PCC runs in the twinbill, hitting a fifth-inning double in game 1 and punching a single to left followed by two stolen bases in the first inning of game 2. Salas drove her in with a basehit. Third baseman Evelyn Bocanegra was 2-for-2.

PCC is 3-5 overall and is scheduled once again to face the Wolverines of SBVC on Thursday, Feb. 10 in a solo 1 p.m. non-conference game. 

Release Date: 02/04/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu