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Top SCC Teams Take Toll On PCC Softball

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Pasadena City College women's softball first-year head coach Josh Musselman made a dizzying 20 player moves Thursday, juggling his offensive and defensive lineup almost as often as every other batter. The plethora of moves, a unique coaching style of Musselman to maximize his player roster while protecting the arms of a thin pitching staff, didn't reach the desired results.

The Lancers dropped to 2-8 in the difficult South Coast Conference, losing to Mt. San Antonio College, 12-2, in the team's fifth, 5-inning mercy rule defeat in conference play. The game was played at Pasadena's Robinson Park.

Eleven of Mt. SAC's runs were unearned thanks to four PCC errors and a passed ball. While Pasadena is 5-18 overall, the Mounties, a perennial state title contender, improved to 15-1 overall and extended their winning streak to 15 games. Mt. SAC is 10-0 in SCC action.

Against the Mounties, PCC's offense came from RBI triples by pitcher-leftfielder Kayla Moore and catcher Brooke Maclean. Mt. SAC scored eight runs in the second inning to open up a 10-1 lead.

Mt. SAC and its head coach Kelly Ford also got in on the substitution act in making 16 player moves. Overall, the two teams played 36 players (18 each).

On March 15 at Long Beach City College, the Vikings made short work of the Lancers, 8-0, in five innings. LBCC's Justine Meddings limited PCC to just three singles in recording the pitching win. Long Beach, Mt. SAC and Cerritos, the class of the conference in recent years, have a combined 6-0 record v. the Lancers.

On March 12 in a non-conference game at Los Angeles Valley College, the Monarchs' Sylvette Rodriguez outdueled Lancers' pitching ace Megan Martin in a 3-1 Pasadena defeat. Martin hurled just the Lancers' second complete game of the season, allowing only five hits and one earned run in six innings of work. Rodriguez 3-hit the Lancers.

After 23 games, third baseman Jessica Hernandez leads the Lancers in batting with a .404 average. Stevens has a 4.52 ERA and 2-2 record in 31 innings to pace the PCC pitching. Moore has a torrid .481 batting average in 10 conference games, but her five defensive errors and five caught stealings on the basepaths also are dubious team highs in league play.

PCC plays 10 games over the next 12 days (barring rain postponements), including three games at the Bakersfield Tournament Saturday, March 19. Check the PCC schedule for game times:  http://www.pasadena.edu/athletics/schedule.cfm?dept=softball

[Photo--Brooke Maclean runs around the bases to get a triple during the Lancers' 12-2 loss at  Robinson Park Thursday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 03/17/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu