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Softball Picks Up First Win At Glendale Tourney

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The Pasadena City College softball team opened the 2012 season with three losses, but then erupted for an 8-0 victory over San Bernardino Valley Saturday evening for a satisfying finish to the season-opening Glendale Classic tournament.

Brittany Williams, PCC's new coach, picked up her first collegiate coaching victory and got to see two pitchers combine for a 5-inning, no-hitter. Sophomore Kayla Moore recorded the first 11 outs and frosh pitcher Elizabeth Aguilar (Pasadena High) tossed the final four outs in the game called due to the 8-run mercy rule.

Home runs slugged by sophomore shortstop Nikki Salas and freshman outfielder Elizabeth Luna, and the second triple of the tourney by first-year first baseman by Natalie Ficocelli (Providence High, Burbank) highlighted PCC's power outburst.

"Playing four games in two days, I think one thing that stood out was we have some pitching depth," Williams said. "We also think we have a little more power hitting, and there were some real nice swings taken by several players. We learned we need to work on some of the basics to cut down on our mistakes. We don't just want to compete with teams, we're out there trying to win every game."

PCC (1-3 overall) opened the tourney Friday with a 13-4 loss to Glendale, followed by a hard-fought 7-3 defeat against Grossmont. On Saturday morning, Rio Hondo handed the Lancers a 6-1 loss. With almost six hours until the 5 p.m.-slated San Bernardino game due to some odd scheduling, the team made it worth the wait, saving the best for last v. the Wolverines.

Against Glendale, centerfielder Brittany Skoien (a returner from two seasons ago) reached safely in all three of her trips to the plate on a single and two walks. The Lancers took an early 4-2 lead, but the host Vaqueros roared back for the victory in a game called after five innings due to time limit. Ironically, all four PCC hits were by the team's sophomores--Skoien, Salas, Moore, and third baseman Ilene Suleymanyan.

The PCC freshmen didn't record a hit until the next game v. Grossmont. In that contest, the Griffins jumped out to a 5-0, first-inning lead thanks in part to two PCC fielding errors. Moore (1-1 record) pitched a complete game, allowing three earned runs, two walks and scattering nine hits. Moore appeared in the pitching circle in all four tournament games, two in relief.

A 2-run triple by Suleymanyan keyed a 3-run rally by the Lancers in the sixth inning. Ficocelli bombed a triple to deep right in the fifth. None of the fields at the Glendale Sports Complex had regulation softball fences, hurting some drives and turning others into long extra-base hits due to the deep outfield gaps. In this case, Ficocelli's blast would have easily left PCC's home field--Robinson Park.

In the Rio Hondo game, newcomer lefty pitcher Casey Ramirez (Glendale High) threw five effective innings, allowing four runs and making four strong fielding plays from the circle. Outfielder Alexandra Oddenino (Monrovia, pictured) lined a home run over the leftfielder's head in the third inning for the Lancers' only run. Oddenino's single against Grossmont was the first hit by a PCC freshman in 2012.

PCC returns to action on Thursday, Feb. 2 in a 2:30 p.m. non-conference game at Ventura College. The Lancers open the home schedule Friday, Feb. 3 in a 2 p.m. contest v. Oxnard at Robinson Park.

Release Date: 01/29/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu