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Mistakes Fill Robinson Park Debut For Softball

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The Pasadena City College women's softball team held its debut Monday at its 2011 new home diamond of Robinson Park. The artificial turf outfield and well-conditioned infield certainly appeared a step up from PCC's old home, the auxillary softball diamond at Brookside Park.

Unfortunately for the Lancers, a series of mental and physical mistakes on both defense and offense marred the PCC's home opener in a 6-0, non-conference loss to College of the Desert.

Pasadena dropped to 3-8 overall as COD pitcher Liana Padilla tossed a 5-hit shutout, striking out seven Lancers. Desert improved to 5-1 overall.

PCC now opens the South Coast Conference schedule Tuesday, Feb. 15 with a 3 p.m. game at Cerritos College.

Against Desert, PCC's defense committed four errors, and had three other plays that resulted in a botched fielder's choice and two soft hits. The shaky defense led the Roadrunners to score a run in the first inning, two in the third and three more in the fourth. On offense, PCC twice had runners picked off on delayed steal attempts by Desert catcher Carmen Vargas.

The Lancers stranded a runner at third in the second inning and left the bases loaded without scoring in the fifth. Overall, first baseman Danielle Lugo led the offense by going 2-for-3 with a double. DP Denise Villalobos, pitcher Megan Martin and third baseman Jessica Hernandez each singled.

Starter Martin (2-5) took the loss, but pitched better than her line indicated--4-2/3 innings, eight hits, three earned runs, and two strikeouts. Adrianna Stevens also pitched well in relief, hurling 2-1/3 innings of 3-hit shutout ball.

Desert had 3-hit games by centerfielder Leanna Priest and third baseman Heather Wesson.

Inconsistency has been an area of concern for the Lancers, who scored 41 runs in their three wins, but just 11 runs in the team's eight defeats (four by shutout).

In a 12-4 loss at Antelope Valley Feb. 11, leftfielder Kayla Moore tripled and scored two runs while centerfielder Maycee Murphy was 1-for-1 with a walk and a stolen base. AVC catcher Adriana Perez had 10 total bases on two triples and a home run. The Marauders scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game due to the 8-run mercy rule.

[Photo--Megan Martin throws a pitch during PCC's debut at Robinson Park Monday, a 6-0 loss to College of the Desert, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 02/14/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu