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Softball Scores Comeback Win In Game 1, Splits DH v. Porterville

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The Pasadena City College softball team rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday for an 8-7 win as the Lancers split a doubleheader against Porterville College at Robinson Park. 

PCC lost the second game, 14-6, as it was called after five innings due to darkness. The Lancers are 3-7 as they enter South Coast Conference play this week.

The extra-inning opener featured a Porterville comeback in the top of the seventh inning after PCC held a 5-2 lead. With the Lancers two outs from victory, PCC starting pitcher Casey Ramirez surrendered a 3-run homer over the left-center field fence to Kimber Fielding. The next batter, Samantha Saldana, sent another towering drive to the left field fence but PCC outfielder Alyssa Gonzalez made the catch (see photo) while crashing lightly into the auxillary fence.

The game went into extra innings with Porterville starting pitcher Samantha Nalley and Lancers' reliever Kayla Moore each pitching scoreless ball in the eighth and ninth frames. In the top of the 10th, PCC and the Pirates went to the international tie-breaker rule in which both teams received a free runner at second base to start their respective at bats.

Porterville scored twice to take a 7-5 lead. In the bottom of the 10th, PCC responded with a one-out, 2-RBI triple by second baseman Nikki Salas. First baseman Bronwyn Stewart then knocked in the game-winning run on a walk-off sacrifice fly to right field. 

Moore recorded the pitching victory with 3-2/3 innings of 3-hit, 1-earned run relief. Catcher Nicole Valencia batted 3-for-4 and centerfielder Brittany Skoien was 2-for-4 to pace the Lancers' offense. 

In game two, rain and darkness became factors that shortened the contest. Porterville scored eight runs in the third inning thanks in part to five PCC walks given up by Lancer pitchers. Righfielder Alexandra Oddenino drove in two RBI with a single and catcher Viviana Ordaz hit a run-scoring triple to highlight the team's offense. Gonzalez reached base three times in a basehit and two walks. 

The Lancers open South Coast Conference play this week with road games at El Camino College (Torrance) on Tuesday, Feb. 14 and at El Camino College-Compton Center on Thursday, Feb. 16. Both games have 3 p.m. start times, but weather may affect the playing of both contests.  Check the website for updates as they come in.

[Photo--Alyssa Gonzalez makes the catch at the fence to preserve a 5-5 tie in the seventh inning as PCC went on to defeat Porterville, 8-7, Saturday at Robinson Park, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 02/13/12
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