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Pitching-Starved Softball Struggles in SCC

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The Pasadena City College softball team welcomed the addition of catcher Brooke Maclean to the active roster Wednesday. The sophomore transfer Maclean slugged a 2-run homer to right center in the bottom of the fourth inning, snapping a 20-inning scoring drought by the Lancers. It was one of a only a handful of highlights for PCC during a rough 0-3 start to the South Coast Conference season.

The Lancers scored four runs in that fourth frame, but it was not nearly enough in a 14-4 loss to Long Beach City College at Robinson Park. PCC (3-11 overall) has been outscored, 41-4, in three conference defeats v. LBCC, Mt. San Antonio and Cerritos. Pasadena's overall losing streak is now at six games.

PCC Head Coach Josh Musselman said his team's lack of pitching depth has forced the squad to resort to using two position players in the circle in outfielder Kayla Moore and first baseman Danielle Lugo. Regular starting pitcher Megan Martin has fought through a fatigued throwing arm and some shoddy Lancers' defense.

Against LBCC, Martin gave up nine runs in less than three innings of work, but allowed six unearned runs. In a 5-run third inning, Martin didn't allow a hit as the Vikings took advantage of three PCC errors and three walks. Moore ended up relieving and pitched 2-2/3 innings effective innings, giving up one run, one hit, but walking four batters.

Lugo, a lefty, also relieved and pitched 1-2/3 innings, allowing four hits, four runs (only one earned). Both Moore and Lugo could be throwing quite a few innings for now on.

Moore had a sound hitting game, going 3-for-4 with two doubles. Second baseman Jessica Chavez added a double. For LBCC (9-3-1, 2-1 in SCC play), first baseman Michelle Contreras lined a 2-run homer over the left-center field fence in the first inning and later tripled. The Vikings finished with 12 hits, six for extra bases and drew nine walks. Six Pasadena errors resulted in nine overall unearned runs.

PCC will likely get back on the winning track Thursday, Feb. 24 as it travels to face a brand new program at El Camino College-Compton Center. The Tartars suffered two lopsided losses already in their first few conference games.

After 14 games, first baseman-third baseman Jessica Hernandez leads the Lancers with a .379 batting average.

[Photo--Brooke Maclean does a little leap as she finishes off her home run trot after a 2-run dinger Wednesday in PCC's 14-4 loss to Long Beach at Robinson Park, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 02/23/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu