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Pitcher Stevens Shines In Circle For Softball
The win-loss record doesn't show it, but freshman pitcher Adrianna Stevens has put together a string of sparkling performances recently during a difficult season for the Pasadena City College women's softball team.
Stevens (2-5 pitching record) leads PCC with a 3.78 ERA n 57-1/3 innings pitched. Her 22 games thrown, mostly as a reliever, ties teammate Megan Martin for the South Coast Conference lead for most pitching appearances. In her past 24-1/3 innings over five games, her ERA is just 1.44. In a look at her relief apperances, Stevens has five times delivered two innings or more of shutout ball.
Only recently has Stevens been put into a starting role by PCC Head Coach Josh Musselman. On Thursday, she hurled 4-2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits, but suspect defense helped Long Beach score five unearned runs as the Vikings earned an 8-0 victory at Robinson Park.
On Wednesday, she twirled six innings, allowing only five hits and two unearned runs during the Lancers' 5-4, extra-inning victory at El Camino College. Reliever Kayla Moore picked up the victory, throwing the last two innings. Moore and outfielder Nikki Duran delievered RBI singles in a 3-run eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie. Although El Camino rallied on Nicole Royal's 2-run single, Moore ended the threat and the game by getting Kendall Roles on a 1-3 groundout.
First baseman Danielle Lugo and shortstop Nikki Salas hit back-to-back triples in the sixth inning as PCC had nine different players reach on hits, but no player with more than one.
In maybe Stevens' best performance of the season, she quieted the bats of the Western State Conference top team Santa Barbara City College on April 2. She held a 1-0 after five shutout innings when she was replaced by reliever Martin. After a few runners reached base, Stevens was rushed back into the circle but Santa Barbara rallied for a 3-2 victory. Moore was 2-for-3 for the PCC offense.
A product of Albany High in Berkeley, Calif., Stevens pitched in an international tournament in the Czech Republic prior to attending PCC. Her pitching for the Lancers has impressed Musselman.
"Stevens has a deadly changeup and she uses the corners of the plate to throw strikes," he said. "Countless times this season, she's either come into a game to put a stop to other team's hitters or given us a great start. In another season with better hitting and defense behind her, she's an all-conference performer."
On Tuesday, Stevens was rested and PCC's other four pitchers were hit hard by Cerritos College in a 15-1 win by the Falcons. Centerfielder Maycee Murphy was 3-for-3 for the Lancers.
PCC (7-26 overall, 4-12 in SCC play) welcomed the return of Jessica Hernandez, the team's top hitter with a .403 average, after missing several games with a leg injury. Murphy and Martin are tied for the team lead in stolen bases with nine each. On the defensive side, Salas has taken over at the shortstop position after playing outfield. Her strong arm and range has improved PCC's infield play up the middle.
[Photo--Pitcher Adrianna Stevens fields a ball during PCC's game against Long Beach City College Thursday at Robinson Park, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 04/08/11