News: Offense Improving For Softball
After its first 10 games, the Pasadena City College softball team had generated an average of a little more than three runs a game. At that point, the Lancers were 2-8. Since that stretch, PCC's offense has picked up the pace and in the process the team has prospered in the win column.
PCC is 8-9 in its last 17 games under first-year head coach Monica Tantlinger. PCC averaged a far better 5.8 runs a contest and has reached double figures in victories now at 10-17 overall.
On March 12 at Los Angeles Harbor College, the Lancers matched their season-high in hits with 14 and erupted for nine runs in the third inning on their way to a 13-1 triumph. Breanna Rodrigo, a freshman who has split time as a pitcher and outfielder, batted 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBI while sophomore shortstop Maddy Gianoli went 3-for-4 with two RBI. The red-hot Allison Lacey, the team's letterman catcher, batted 2-for-3, including a triple. The beneficiary of the offensive explosion was part-time starter Alissa Barcena, who improved to 4-1 in allowing only five hits in the 5-inning, mercy-rule shortened contest.
On March 13 at Robinson Park, rightfielder Audrey Serna was 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI in a 6-2 loss against El Camino College. Lefty pitcher Casey Ramirez came into relieve and pitched the final six innings, allowing three runs and striking out three. On defense, first baseman Sara Quintero made a gutsy catch crashing into the first base dugout fence on a foul ball and Rodrigo made an over-the-shoulder catch on a fly ball deep to right.
On March 14, PCC resumed a non-conference halted game from February 6 at Moorpark with the team trailing 6-2 after one inning. The Lancers rallied for six runs in the top of the seventh but fell against the Raiders, 10-9.
In a South Coast Conference game played Tuesday, Pasadena scored four runs in the fourth before losing to host Long Beach City College, 10-5. Third baseman Karen Najera ripped a RBI single in the fourth and rightfielder Vanessa Cortez singled in a run in the seventh.
"We're doing a better job of getting runners on base and knocking them in," Tantlinger said. "The confidence of our hitters has risen in the past month. While some of the better pitchers in the SCC have shut us down, we're hitting better v. everyone else."
Lacey, who was named to the All-Golden West Tournament team from March 7-8, leads PCC offensively with a .403 batting average, three doubles, four triples and 20 RBI. Serna, an All-SCC player and the team's batting champion as a freshman, broke out of an early-season slump and has raised her average to .340. Serna is on a mini, 6-game hitting streak in which she is 10-for-18 at the plate (.555). Gianoli is hitting at a .338 clip with four triples, second baseman Justine Zavala has a .298 average, and Rodrigo is batting .290 with a team-high 15 stolen bases.
PCC (2-9 in SCC games) will have its hands full on Thursday, Mar. 20 when it travels to play a 5 p.m. game at powerful Mt. San Antonio College.
[Photo--Audrey Serna takes a big swing during a recent home game, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 03/19/2014