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Softball Rallies From 5 Runs Down, Wins 2nd Straight SCC Game
Pasadena City College head softball coach Josh Musselman played against "the book" Tuesday afternoon, throwing out an unwritten rule by intentionally walking a batter to put the potential tying run on base with one out in the seventh inning.
The coach didn't want to take any chances against El Camino College designated player Mea Flores, who already was a perfect 3-for-3 with two RBI in the game. After ordering the IBB to Flores, Musselman's defensive substitution prior to the inning came up with the big play. Elizabeth Hanna, just inserted into the game at catcher, fired a backdoor throw to first base, picking off pinch runner Leah Ishii.
Starting pitcher Adrianna Stevens then completed her second consecutive, South Coast Conference complete-game victory as the Lancers rallied past the visiting Warriors, 6-5, after falling behind in the second inning at 5-0. PCC secured a sweep of the season series v. El Camino at 3-0.
Pasadena (9-28, 6-13 in SCC play) plays its final home game at Robinson Park on Thursday, April 21 in a 2 p.m. start v. LA Harbor College. The Lancers then close the 2011 season with a 3 p.m. road game at East Los Angeles College on Tuesday, April 26.
The Lancers banged out 10 hits v. three El Camino pitchers, including five for extra bases. Second baseman Jessica Hernandez was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI. Trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth, PCC would take the lead on three runs, including a tie-breaking RBI single from shortstop Nikki Salas (2-for-3 with a triple).
Stevens lowered her conference ERA to 2.21, allowing only one earned run while scattering 10 hits. She improved to 4-6 overall and became the first PCC pitcher in 37 games to throw seven full innings. Her previous CG v. El Camino College-Compton Center was a five-inning, mercy rule shortened contest.
Stevens was able to work out of a jam in the sixth inning after allowing a double and a hit-by-pitch. A runner interference on a grounder to short plus a pair of 6-5 fielder choices from Salas to third baseman Nancy Perales ended the threat. In the fifth, PCC turned a rare 6-4-3 double play from Salas to Hernandez to Danielle Lugo.
Rightfielder Megan Martin, who was 1-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored, robbed a hit from an El Camino batter in the first inning, throwing out the runner at first base on a 9-3 play.
Musselman explained his reasoning for purposely walking Flores in the seventh.
"She was hitting the ball hard all game, and I felt we couldn't afford giving up an extra base hit, especially after Stevens had thrown a lot of pitches," he said. "Hanna came up with her best throw all season to pick off the runner. Things went our way for a change."
[Photo--Shortstop Nikki Salas fires a fielder's choice throw to third baseman Nancy Perales during PCC's 6-5 win over El Camino Tuesday at Robinson Park, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 04/19/11