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Sophomore Skoien Consistent For PCC Softball

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A returning part-time infielder from two seasons ago, sophomore Brittany Skoien has shown maturity patrolling a new position--center field--and has turned into the Pasadena City College softball team's top offensive threat in 2012. Skoien reached base in all three of her appearances Thursday in a 9-1 loss to South Coast Conference/state power Mt. San Antonio at Robinson Park.

After 34 games, Skoien is batting .357 and leads the Lancers in hits (30, tied with teammate Kayla Moore), runs scored (27), extra-base hits (10, seven doubles, three triples), slugging percentage (.512), on-base percentage (.495), walks (22), and stolen bases (10). On defense, her speed has helped her make 50 putouts and her right arm has resulted in seven assists on helping gun out runners.

While Skoien (out of Glendale High) is second to Moore in overall batting average (.366), she has excelled in SCC games where she tops the squad easily with a .432 average. Against Mt. SAC, Skoien singled and drew two walks as the team's leadoff batter.

"We've certainly had some real tough stretches, but Brittany is a player who I never have to worry about," said PCC first-year head coach Brittany Williams. "She goes after it in the outfield and she is a quality hitter. She doesn't swing at bad pitches. Right now, she's playing like an all-conference player. Other coaches in the conference talk about her talent too."

Williams' Lancers are 9-25 overall and 4-14 in SCC play. Other than Skoien, only second baseman Maddy Gianoli hit safely v. Mt. SAC as she was 2-for-3. The Mounties (24-4, 16-2 in the SCC) slugged three home runs, two by Maurichelle Torres.

In a wild 17-8 loss at Los Angeles Harbor College April 10, Moore slugged her second home run of the season and drove in four RBI. Moore tied third baseman Ilene Suleymanyan for the squad's RBI lead with 22. Also in the Harbor loss, designated player Nicole Valencia hit a double and scored two runs while Skoien was 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.

The Lancers are scheduled to play a road, non-conference doubleheader Saturday, April 14 at Southwestern College in Chula Vista (weather permitting). PCC hosts conference leader Cerritos College on Tuesday, April 17. First pitch is 2 p.m. at Robinson Park.

[Photo--Brittany Skoien takes a lead off first base during PCC's loss to Mt. San Antonio Thursday at Robinson Park, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 04/13/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu