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School-Record Runs Total For Softball, 30-0, Over Compton
The Pasadena City College softball team set a school record for most runs in a game Feb. 24 at El Camino College-Compton Center, but the reality of the mark is that the Lancers faced a brand new collegiate program with few softball-experienced players. PCC's 30-0 victory, called mercifully not soon enough after five innings (8-run rule), will be one of many one-sided defeats this year for the Tartars, now 0-3 in South Coast Conference play.
On the positive side for the Lancers, the team snapped a six-game losing streak and won for the first time in four SCC contests. PCC (4-11 overall) reached base often on 20 hits, eight hit-by-pitches, eight walks, and seven Compton fielding errors.
The Lancers sent 23 batters to the plate in a 17-run, first inning. Starting pitcher Kayla Moore slugged her second home run, a 2-run drive by the game's third at bat. Pasadena tacked on six more runs in the second inning, three in the third, and four in the fifth. Twelve different players hit safely while 14 different players knocked in at least one RBI and scored at least one run each.
Second baseman Jessica Chavez batted 2-for-3 with five RBI and a double while designated player Jasmine Villalobos was 3-for-4 with a triple and four runs driven in. Third baseman Jessica Hernandez contributed two doubles and three RBI, and shortstop Nancy Perales was 3-for-5. Moore and outfielder Nikki Duran added a pair of hits a piece. Catcher Brooke Maclean scored four runs.
Relief pitcher Adrianna Stevens earned her second win by hurling four innings of 2-hit shutout ball after Moore tossed a 1-2-3, first inning. Ironically, Stevens has been the winning pitcher and beneficiary of the Lancers' two biggest offensive outputs thus far after having an easy time during a 22-5 win over San Bernardino Valley back on Feb. 4 (PCC's last victory before Compton).
The Lancers had a scheduled non-conference game v. Citrus rained out Friday.
"We think we have it tough, but Compton had one experienced pitcher who unfortunately became ineligible before the season started," said PCC Head Coach Josh Musselman. "It's good to see some of our players get more playing time, but we have to improve in several areas. Getting Maclean activated gives us a boost and automatically improves us at catcher and on offense. The season is early enough that we can still build momentum in a very tough South Coast Conference."
After 15 games, Hernandez leads the team in batting with a .406 average. Perales, a sophomore, has a sparkling .956 fielding percentage in 47 chances at shortstop.
[Photo--Nancy Perales puts the tag on a runner sliding into second base in an early season game, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 02/25/11