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Pitching Propels Softball To 2-1 Win

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Left-hander Casey Ramirez threw five strong innings and closer Kayla Moore shut the door with two scoreless innings as the Pasadena City College softball team edged Oxnard, 2-1, in the Lancers' home opener Friday at Robinson Park.

Ramirez (1-1) picked up her first collegiate win as both pitchers received flawless defense by the Lancers' nine. The duo outdueled Oxnard's Heather Bacon, who allowed only five hits, struck out 10, but took the loss.

In the first inning, Oxnard took a 1-0 lead on a Kandace Amaro RBI double. The Lancers tied it in the bottom half of the frame as second baseman Maddy Gianoli, who was 3-for-3 at the plate, singled, stole second and then was driven in by a line single to center by Moore.

In the fifth inning, first baseman Natalie Ficocelli drew a walk and Elizabeth Luna was inserted as a pinch runner. Leftfielder Alexandra Oddenino dropped a sacrifice bunt, but a hustling Luna decided to try to get to third on the play. After Oddenino was thrown out at first, the ensuing throw by the Oxnard first baseman sailed over the head of the Condors' third baseman for an error as Luna finished her trip around the bases with the game-winning run.

Moore set Oxnard down 1-2-3 in the seventh to close out the save. PCC improved to 2-4 while Oxnard dropped to 1-3.

The Lancers travel for a non-conference matinee Saturday, Feb. 4 at College of the Desert. First pitch is 12 noon.

[Photo--PCC second baseman Maddy Gianoli makes a diving effort during the Lancers' 2-1 win over Oxnard at Robinson Park Friday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 02/03/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu