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Softball: 3 Days, 3 SCC Games, 3 Losses

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A tough three-day stretch for the Pasadena City College softball team ended Thursday with the Lancers' third straight South Coast Conference loss, a 4-1 decision to Long Beach City College at Robinson Park.

The Lancers (12-17, 4-8 in conference) led 1-0 after four innings, but Long Beach tied it in the fifth. In the top of the sixth, LBCC's catcher and ninth batter Victoria Padilla rifled a 3-run double to right field for the game-winning hit for the Vikings (16-8, 8-4 in SCC games). PCC pitcher Cierra Newton threw well, scattering seven hits, but Long Beach pitcher Candice Shadwell responded with a 4-hitter.

PCC had numerous opportunities due to Shadwell's wildness (three walks and three hit by pitches), but left nine runners on base. The Lancers left the bases loaded in both the first and fourth innings. In the first, PCC picked up its lone run on a bases-loaded, hit-by-pitch to catcher Allison Lacey. Lacey reached base all three of her at bats, including a double. Centerfielder Jazmin Hernandez was 2-for-4 while rightfielder Vanessa Contreras had the team's other hit.

The Lancers played a make-up of a rainout from March 7 on Wednesday, but were pounded by visiting East Los Angeles College, 13-4. The Huskies had a 21-hit parade with catcher Valerie Aguilar leading the way on a 4-for-4 day, including two doubles and a triple. For Pasadena, Katelyn Thordarson and Natalie Ficocelli each slugged RBI doubles. The score might have been worse, but PCC's defense turned three double plays.

On Tuesday, March 19 at El Camino College, PCC led 6-3, fell behind 7-6, then took the lead again at 8-7 with two runs in the top of the sixth inning. However, the Lancers once again were done in by the opposing team's catcher. This time it was ECC's Gabriella Fordiani, who delivered a 2-run triple in the bottom of the sixth, rallying El Camino to a 9-8 victory.

The Lancers outhit El Camino, 14-11, as third baseman/shortstop Thordarson went 3-for-3 and rightfielder/second baseman Emily Cuiriz was 3-for-4. Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a stolen base. The left-handed hitting first base/designated player Ficocelli, one of just two sophomores on the PCC roster, launched a booming RBI double. Sara Quintero, a DP who also plays first base, and Audrey Serna, who plays second and third base for the Lancers, each had two hits and two RBI. Quintero had given PCC a 7-6 lead on a 2-run single to center in the sixth.

Through 29 games played, six current PCC starters are batting better than .300 with Cuiriz at .400 (only 30 at bats), Thordarson .371 (six doubles, two triples, two home runs, 25 RBI), Serna .368 (team-best .479 on-base percentage, 2 home runs, 19 RBI), Hernandez .330 (11 stolen bases and sparkling .992 fielding percentage), Quintero .312 (2 home runs, 22 RBI), and Ficocelli .308. The team average is .302. Thordarson, from Maranatha High, appears on her way to a probable All-SCC selection as she is batting .425 in 12 SCC contests.

[Photo--Natalie Ficocelli takes a swing during PCC's loss to Long Beach City College Thursday, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 03/22/13
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu