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Short-Handed Softball Plugs Along

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In a tough first season for head coach Josh Musselman, the Pasadena City College softball team learned it has lost its best hitter, third baseman Jessica Hernanez, and catcher, Brooke Maclean, to injuries that might keep both starters out the rest of the season.

Despite the loss of the two players, the Lancers have begun to hit better as a team in its two most recent South Coast Conference games this week. PCC followed an 11-3 win at El Camino College-Compton Center Wednesday with an 8-3 loss to visiting East Los Angeles Thursday.

In the Compton five-inning mercy rule victory, PCC utilized several reserves against the inexperienced Tartars and totaled 15 hits. Centerfielder Maycee Murphy batted 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored and leftfielder Ashley Shaneberger was 3-for-3. Designated player Denise Villalobos hit 2-for-3 while second baseman Siurabe Camerena and first baseman Nancy Perales each were 2-for-4. Lefty starting pitcher Danielle Lugo tossed a rare complete game by the PCC staff, allowing just three hits and striking out nine.

Against ELAC at Robinson Park, PCC couldn't overcome a disastrous first inning in which the Lancers' defense made five errors as the Huskies plated six runs. Pasadena still managed to fight back to make the game competitive. Second baseman Jessica Chavez was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI while outfielders Kayla Moore and Shaneberger each hit doubles.

In the pitching circle, Adrianna Stevens hurled four innings of 5-hit relief, allowing one unearned run, and striking out two. Megan Martin twirled two innings, giving up one hit,one run, and hitting a single in her only at bat.

For ELAC (11-10-1, 6-5 in SCC play), the combination of second baseman Katrina Castaneda and rightfielder Jesy Wrtaza combined to bat 4-for-8 with a double, a triple, and six RBI. Pasadena is 6-23 overall and 3-10 in SCC games.

After the shaky defensive opening to the game, PCC received some stellar defense from shortstop Nikki Salas, who made six assists with strong throws, and from Chavez, who turned one 4-4-3 double play and made a leaping grab to rob a hit from the Huskies.

PCC will play a non-conference makeup game at Santa Barbara City College Saturday, April 2 in a 1 p.m. first pitch. The game was originally rained out on Feb. 19

[Photo--Nikki Salas makes a diving stop on a hard hit ball during PCC's 8-3 loss to East Los Angeles College Thursday at Robinson Park, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 04/01/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu