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The Pasadena City College women's softball team is looking to fix its woes at its home diamond, Robinson Park, while trying to reach the win column as well in the South Coast Conference. 

[Editor's Note: PCC's game at LA Harbor was postponed due to a muddy field on Thursday. A make-up has not been rescheduled.]

The Lancers are winless in home games thus far (0-5) and have the same record in South Coast Conference contests. PCC (5-11 overall) has run into stiff competition, however, including facing state No. 12-ranked Mt. San Antonio on Tuesday. The Lancers suffered a 10-1 loss in five innings against the Mounties.

While the team made three errors contributing to four unearned runs, the Lancers continued to show some stalwart play in the field. Rightfielder Breanna Rodrigo stole an extra-base hit from a Mt. SAC hitter on a sensational over-the-shoulder catch in the third inning. Catcher Allison Lacey picked off a Mounties runner at third base with a dart throw in the first.

Offensively, second baseman Justine Zavala knocked in the team's lone run on a RBI single to centerfield in the second inning. 

On Feb. 20, Lacey, Zavala, and third baseman Karen Najera (including a double) all had 2-hit games for PCC in a 5-2 loss against visiting Long Beach City. First baseman Sara Quintero ripped a double as part of the team's nine hits overall. Lefty pitcher Casey Ramirez was brilliant in relief by hurling four innings of 3-hit, shutout ball. 

On Feb. 19, the Lancers scored a season high in runs in a 15-2 blowout, non-conference win at Chaffey College. PCC was led by a 3-run homer slugged by designated player Audrey Serna (2-for-2, four RBI) and another four RBI effort by Quintero (2-for-4). Shortstop Maddy Gianoli scored four runs and was 3-for-4 with a triple while Lacey was 2-for-3 with two walks, three runs and two RBI. Najera batted 2-for-3 with two RBI, and centerfielder Vanessa Contreras drove in two RBI with a triple. The beneficiary of the 13-hit Lancers' attack was winning pitcher Alissa Barcena (2-0), who allowed just two hits over five innings.

On Feb. 18 at El Camino College, the Lancers scored three runs in the top of the first, but could not hang on in a 4-3 SCC defeat. Ramirez scattered seven hits and walked none, but took the loss.

PCC head coach Monica Tantlinger's Lancers will resume SCC play on Tuesday, March 4 when the Lancers host East Los Angeles College. First pitch is 2 p.m.

[Photo--Maddy Gianoli takes a cut during the Lancers' loss against Mt. SAC Tuesday at Robinson Park, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 02/27/14
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu