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Softball Encouraged By DH Sweep Over Oxnard

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The Pasadena City College women's softball team picked itself up on Saturday with a doubleheader sweep at Oxnard College, 2-1 and 9-2. While the Lancers lost a close one at El Camino, 4-3, Tuesday in a South Coast Conference game, they are showing signs of the type of game-by-game competitiveness that first-year head coach Monica Tantlinger is striving to make happen.

PCC (4-9 overall, 0-3 in conference) snapped a 6-game losing streak in the Oxnard twin wins.

In the opener, frosh pitcher Breanna Rodrigo twirled a 3-hitter for the circle victory, including setting down the Condors 1-2-3 in the third, fourth and seventh innings. Sophomore battery mate Allison Lacey went 2-for-3 with a RBI triple in the first and a double in the fifth. Letterman centerfielder Vanessa Contreras batted 3-for-3 and knocked in the decisive run on a RBI single in the fourth.

In the second game, Rodrigo, playing as the rightfielder, batted 3-for-5 with four stolen bases and three runs scored. Freshman second baseman Justine Zavala also hit 3-for-5, including a double while the catcher Lacey drove in three RBI highlighted by another triple in the first. Sophomore shortstop Maddy Gianoli ripped a double and a triple and picked up two RBI.

The Lancers' 14-hit attack was more than enough for lefty hurler Casey Ramirez, who pitched a a brilliant 1-hitter, allowing just a third-inning single to Brittanie Lopez. The sophomore walked two and hit two batters accounting for two runs allowed (one earned). However, Ramirez retired the final 11 batters in order to cap the sweep.

In the El Camino defeat, the Lancers scored all of their runs in the top of the first inning. Rodrigo and Gianoli started the spurt with back-to-back singles. After a walk to Lacey loaded the bases, sophomore first baseman Sara Quintero picked up the freebie RBI on another walk. Following a sacrifice fly that scored Gianoli by second-year, designated player Audrey Serna, Lacey scored on a passed ball.

El Camino (7-5, 2-1 in the SCC) took the lead in the third inning with a 3-run rally of its own. Taylor Karp knocked in a pair of runs on a single to center field to give the Warriors the lead for good. For PCC, Ramirez pitched well, allowing only seven hits, walking none and striking out three.

The Lancers next host Long Beach City College on Thursday, Feb. 20 in 2 p.m. SCC game at Robinson Park.

[Photo--Lefty Casey Ramirez hurls a pitch in a recent home game.]

Release Date: 02/19/14
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