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Pair of 10s For Softball In Twin Bill Sweep Over SBVC
The Pasadena City College softball team found its mojo at the plate Friday. The Lancers knocked out 30 hits over two games and pounded San Bernardino Valley, 10-1 and 10-4, in a non-conference, doubleheader sweep at Robinson Park.
The Lancers (7-9) also received two fine pitching efforts from freshman--lefty Casey Ramirez and righty Bronwyn Stewart. In game 1, Ramirez allowed just three hits in a 5-inning, mercy rule victory. In game 2, Stewart went the 7-inning, complete-game route and picked up her first collegiate victory.
In the first inning of the opener, PCC sent 15 batters to the plate, including a stretch of nine straight players reaching base safely, in a 9-run frame. The rally included nine hits, two by second baseman Nikki Sanchez. Catcher Cecilia Chavez and leftfielder Elizabeth Luna each hit 2-RBI singles. Centerfielder Brittany Skoien tripled and shortstop Maddy Gianoli, who opened the inning with a groundout, doubled in her second at bat of the inning.
Gianoli, Skoien (who later hit a double), third baseman Ilene Suleymanyan, reserve designated player Danielle Duran, Salas, and Luna all had 2-hit games in a 14-hit PCC attack. Ramirez(Glendale High), who walked just one batter, evened her record to 2-2 in the pitching circle.
In game 2, things were tougher for the Lancers, who led just 4-3 going into the bottom of the fifth. That's when the offense received another big boost by pinch hitter Duran (San Gabriel Mission High), who belted a 2-run, ground-rule double deep down the leftfield line. The hit spurred a 5-run inning for PCC.
Overall in the second-game triumph, Gianoli (Bellarmine-Jefferson High) and leftfielder Alexandra Oddenino (Monrovia High) each batted 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Sophomore leading hitter Kayla Moore, who was 4-for-4 in the two games, collected three hits and three RBI and rightfielder Alyssa Gonzalez went 3-for-3. Duran knocked in three RBI as she added a sacrifice fly. The team's 16 hits were a season high.
Stewart (Providence High) scattered seven hits and four walks, allowing three earned runs. Over the final four innings, she settled down to give up just two hits and no runs against San Bernardino (1-14).
On Thursday in a South Coast Conference game, the Lancers (2-2) lost to visiting Mt. San Antonio, 10-4, but had a silver lining by going all seven innings against the powerful Mounties. Last season, PCC did not get past the fifth inning in any of its three SCC games against them. Mt. SAC extended a long winning streak over PCC to 24 games going back to the 2004 season.
"The way we finished the Mt. SAC game carried on to how we played against San Bernardino," said PCC first-year head coach Brittany Williams. "We got our confidence at the plate. We've worked hard on our batting in the pre-season, but it had not translated much into the season until now. I'm hoping we can also start to rely on the freshmen pitchers to take the pressure off of Kayla. Bronwyn and Casey each pitched well today."
The Lancers next host Cerritos Tuesday, Feb. 28 in a SCC game at Robinson Park. First pitch is 2 p.m.
[Photo--Danielle Duran drives this ball for a double during PCC's game 2 win over San Bernardino Valley Friday, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 02/25/12