Softball Sweeps Doubleheader With Pair of Shutouts
The Pasadena City College softball team couldn't have asked for a better home-opening afternoon Thursday. The Lancers not only swept their non-conference doubleheader v. Bartsow, but blanked the Vikings in both ends, 8-0 in six innings in game 1, and a 7-0 shutout in game 2.
PCC received stellar pitching from starting pitchers Melissa Izumida and Cierra Newton. Izumida hurled a 2-hitter, striking out 10 batters and walking none in the opener in a 6-inning contest. The Lancers banged out 13 hits as the game ended due to the 8-run mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth on a wild pitch that plated the eighth run.
The Lancers are 3-4 overall while Barstow is still looking for its first win at 0-5.
Newton then became the first Lancer hurler in four years to twirl a complete 7-inning shutout as she allowed just four hits, walked one and struck out five to cap the doubleheader win. Newton's performance was last matched in a PCC jersey by Amber Frame on Feb. 19, 2009 when she tossed a 4-hitter in a 7-inning blanking of Chaffey College. Newton was the beneficiary of a 16-hit Lancers attack.
"This was a big day for our pitchers to build their confidence," said PCC second-year head coach Brittany Williams. "Both threw strikes and kept the pace of the games quick. Our hitters started slow I think in both games, but then we really started to knock the ball around later in each game. Our defense is making plays and that's a big change from last season. It was just a great day for us all around."
In the opener, left-handed hitting and throwing catcher Jazmin Hernandez batted 4-for-4 with a booming double off the right-field fence in the second inning. In the second game, it was second baseman Audrey Serna's turn to go perfect, also a 4-for-4 hitting game (two runs scored), including a double. Serna finished the day with six hits while Hernandez totaled five.
Also in game 2, left-handed batting first baseman Natalie Ficocelli, the team's lone letterman from 2012, was 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. Leftfielder Ashley Shaneberger (returner from 2011), third baseman Sara Quintero, and Newton all added 2-hit efforts.
In a 6-4 loss at Antelope Valley College on Wednesday, third baseman Katelyn Thordarsen belted a grand slam in the fifth inning for the Lancers' offense. Thordarsen added a double.
PCC visits Citrus College Friday, Feb. 1 in a 2 p.m. non-conference tilt.
[Photo--Melissa Izumida (left) and Cierra Newton (right) were double trouble in the pitching circle as they both threw shutouts in PCC's doubleheader sweep over Barstow at Robinson Park Thursday, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]