News: Reserves Lift Softball Over Harbor, 11-6
For the first few innings Tuesday, the Pasadena City College softball team looked out of sorts in its South Coast Conference game against visiting Los Angeles Harbor. The Lancers jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but quickly fell behind, 6-4, by the top of the third inning.
In the third, PCC first-year head coach Monica Tantlinger made two position moves that helped change the momentum, bringing in relief pitcher Alissa Barcena and inserting Jennifer Pegg into the hitting lineup. The two freshmen helped rally the Lancers to an 11-6 victory at Robinson Park.
Barcena, now the team's pitching wins leader at 5-1, closed the door on Harbor's offense as she spun 4-2/3 innings of 3-hit, shutout ball. Pegg batted 3-for-3 with line drive hits and a RBI as part of the Lancers' 15-hit attack.
PCC scored three runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to break it open. In the fifth, second baseman Justine Zavala, catcher Allison Lacey and Pegg all laced RBI singles. In the sixth, Zavala ripped a 2-run double and Lacey hit a bomb, ground-rule double to left center for another run. Zavala (2-for-5) and Lacey (2-for-4) each drove in three runs for the day.
Rightfielder-first baseman Audrey Serna was 2-for-3 with a double while both first baseman Sara Quintero and shortstop Breanna Rodrigo were 2-for-4. Leftfielder Viviana Ordaz hit a RBI double to right in the first inning.
PCC improved to 11-18 overall and 3-10 in the SCC. Harbor is 2-24 and winless in conference at 0-13.
On defense, Lacey made a diving catch on a foul ball behind home plate, centerfielder Vanessa Contreras threw out a runner at home plate, and Zavala made a diving stop and throw out to rob a hit. Early problems on defense, including five errors, helped the Seahawks score five unearned runs.
"Bringing in Barcena, who throws more off speed, slowed down the Harbor bats," Tantlinger said. "She came up big and threw strikes. Pegg is capable of what she provided off the bench for us today. She hit the ball hard all three at bats. It's nice to have a little depth."
On Thursday, Mar. 27, the Lancers play at East Los Angeles College. The game has a late 5 p.m. first pitch.
[Photo--Alissa Barcena pitched sterling relief for the Lancers in an 11-6 win over LA Harbor Tuesday at Robinson Park, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 03/26/2014