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Softball Reaches A Low Point

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Never was the adage "adding insult to injury" more appropriate than Thursday's chain of events during the Pasadena City College softball team's game against visiting Long Beach City College.

It started with pitcher Kayla Moore getting hit in the nose in pre-game by an errant bouncing ball. Moore had to deal with a bloody nose, but went on to play the game. Then in the second inning, the Lancers lost starting third baseman Ilene Suleymanyan to a freak injury as she took a cut to the head after making a tag play on a hard slide by Long Beach baserunner Karissa Reynoso. Suleymanyan left the game to get medical attention for precautionary reasons.

The bad luck in the health department was made worse in the game itself. The Vikings went on to belt out 14 hits and their pitcher Frances Campoy hurled a 5-inning, mercy-rule shortened no-hitter, sending the Lancers to a 12-0 loss at Robinson Park.

Pasadena is stuck in its longest losing slump of the year, a streak of seven straight defeats. It was the second time in 10 days that the team was held hitless. The Lancers (8-22 overall, 3-11 in SCC play) have also been mercied in their last five SCC games, including an 11-3 loss at East Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Against Long Beach, the Lancers' offense did not hit the ball out of the infield once in 17 at bats. Twice, the Vikings turned double plays. PCC reached base four times on a pair of walks and a pair of Long Beach fielding errors.

A brightspot for PCC was catcher Cecilia Chavez, who twice gunned out Long Beach baserunners for caught stealings. However, Pasadena's defense made five errors overall that resulted in six unearned runs.

In the Mar. 27 loss at ELAC, Moore slugged a home run over the left-field fence and PCC played error-less defense. Shortstop Maddy Gianoli batted 2-for-3. The game went six innings after the Lancers had taken a 3-1 lead by the top of the fourth inning. The Huskies scored the final 10 runs of the game.

"For most of the East LA game, we played competitively and it was the type of play we showed earlier in conference," said PCC Head Coach Brittany Williams. "But we went right back to the ugly side today. The players aren't able to apply what they've learned in practices to our games. We need to get some confidence back in our game." 

After 30 games, Moore leads the team with a .394 batting average. Suleymanyan is batting .316 with a team-high 19 RBI. Centerfielder Brittany Skoien is hitting .307 with a team-best .436 on-base percentage while playing stellar defense in the outfield. All three players are sophomores.

PCC hopes to get back in the win column on Tuesday, April 3 when the squad visits El Camino College for a 3 p.m. conference game.

[Photo--Cecilia Chavez attempts to throw out a runner. She successfully threw out a pair of Long Beach runners in a 12-0 loss to the Vikings Thursday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 03/29/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu