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Softball Loses Wild 25-13 Affair v. El Camino

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On an afternoon where the Pasadena City College softball team totaled its season high of 20 hits, visiting El Camino College put on an even better hitting clinic with 26 hits as the Warriors shook off a PCC rally to defeat the Lancers, 25-13, in a South Coast Conference game at Robinson Park. 

The 38 runs scored matched a state season high and goes down as the highest combined scoring game involving PCC in its school history. The 25 runs allowed also is a PCC school record for runs allowed. Earlier this year, Chabot downed Contra Costa, 23-15, but that contest paled in comparison, especially in the hits department--46 combined by PCC and El Camino. There were four more hits by the teams than outs recorded (42).

El Camino, guided by former PCC head coach Elaine Martinez, led 4-3 after one inning and 8-6 after three innings. In the fourth, the Warriors increased the lead to 13-6. The Lancers roared back, scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth, keyed by a 2-run single by first baseman Natalie Ficocelli. PCC had cut it to one run, 13-12, but then El Camino poured it on in the top of the seventh. The Warriors ripped 10 hits and plated 12 runs in the seventh to put the game away.

Fittingly, the game even ended on a hit in the bottom of the seventh. Ficocelli doubled to left that scored a run, but Lancer pitcher Cierra Newton was gunned out at home plate for the final out as she tried to score from first base. 

PCC fell to 14-21 overall and 6-12 in SCC play. El Camino is 15-20, but now 10-8 in the conference. The Warriors had a rare 6-for-6 day by second baseman Rhea Benevente, who had line hits on all of her at bats and scored five runs. ECC also had two players drive in six runs, and three other players with four hits each. Ten of the Warriors' hits were for extra bases, including a three-run homer in the seventh by Jacqueline Gonzalez and a 2-run bomb by Vanessa Shealy in the second inning.

The Lancers countered with a 4-for-5 day by shortstop Katelyn Thordarson. Newton was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI while catcher Jazmin Hernandez and leftfielder Vanessa Contreras each also batted 3-for-4. 

Thirteen different players from the two squads had at least two hits each, seven of those were Lancers. Ficocelli, second baseman Audrey Serna, and third baseman Allison Lacey each had 2-hit performances. 

The last time the teams met at Robinson Park, the Lancers won 2-0 behind the pitching of Melissa Izumida (injured, out for rest of season) who outdueled ECC pitcher Tiffany Crockrell. Crockrell was the winning pitcher this time despite giving up the 20 hits and 13 runs (eight earned) in going all seven innings. Newton pitched the entire seven for the Lancers.

[Photo--PCC sports information photographer Richard Quinton takes a shot of the scoreboard moments following the team's game Thursday at Robinson Park. The score says it all.]

Release Date: 04/11/13
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu