Home Domination For Softball, Sweep SMC In Doubleheader
The Pasadena City College softball team stayed perfect in home games at Robinson Park this season at 5-0 after sweeping Santa Monica College, 8-0 and 9-1, in a doubleheader Saturday where each game was ended in the fifth inning due to the 8-run mercy rule.
The Lancers are 6-5 under second-year head coach Brittany Williams, the team's best start since 2009. PCC had won just nine games a year in each of the previous three seasons under three different head coaches.
Williams' 2013 Lancers look to break that streak and appear to be on their way thanks to some home cooking. In the team's five home victories, they've outscored the opponents, 34-1, with four shutouts. After 11 games, the team batting average is .361.
In the first game win over the Corsairs (2-7 record), PCC starting pitcher Melissa Izumida came within an out of a no-hitter, but Arlene Garcia singled to center field to break it up in the top of the fifth. Izumida settled for a 1-hitter, striking out eight and walking only one over five innings.
The Lancers, who scored four runs in both the second and third innings, were led offensively by catcher/leadoff hitter Jazmin Hernandez, who went 3-for-3 with two RBI and two stolen bases. Izumida helped her own cause by going 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI while shortstop Allison Lacey was 2-for-3 with a double and also two RBI. Third baseman Katelyn Thordarson and second baseman Audrey Serna roped a double a piece in the team's 10-hit attack.
In the second game, PCC banged out 12 hits and winning pitcher Cierra Newton completed a 4-hitter over five innings, walking one and striking out two. Newton knocked in two runs on two hits while Lacey was 2-for-2 with three runs scored, a hit-by-pitch and the team's only extra-base hit, a double.
Santa Monica led 1-0, scoring the first run in five games by a PCC road opponent on a RBI single by Selma Cortez. The Lancers scored five runs in the third inning to break a 1-1 tie.
Hernandez, who was 5-for-6 in the two games, batted 2-for-3 with two runs scored, Izumida was 2-for-2 with two RBI as a reserve hitter, and third baseman Sara Quintero went 2-for-3. Lacey ended game 2 with a bases-loaded single up the middle to plate the ninth run in the bottom of the fifth.
"Robinson Park is starting to become a fun place for our team," Williams said. "To mercy the other team twice in a doubleheader is such a far cry from the past few years here. Once again, our pitching shuts other team down and that takes the pressure of our hitters. We need to show some of this confidence when we are playing on the road."
PCC begins South Coast Conference play on Tuesday, Feb. 12 when it travels to face East Los Angeles College in a 3 p.m. first pitch.
[Photo--Lancer centerfielder Ashley Shaneberger makes a circus catch at the fence to rob a SMC hitter of an extra-base hit Saturday at Robinson Park, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]