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News: Zavala's 5-Hit Day Leads Softball Over Compton

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With leading hitter and catcher Allison Lacey scratched from the starting lineup due to injury suffered in warmups, the Pasadena City College softball team looked to a batter to replace her offensive prowess in Tuesday's South Coast Conference game at El Camino College-Compton Center. 

Freshman Justine Zavala stepped into the star hitter role and gave the Lancers a giant boost in going a perfect 5-for-5 with two triples as they downed Compton, 11-6. 

Zavala's two triples came in the third and sixth innings. The latter gave Zavala her first of three RBI's when her bomb to center field scored sophomore center fielder Vanessa Contreras for the fourth run of the game, making it 4-2.
 
The Lancers (12-19, 4-11) were up 4-3 at the top of the seventh inning and displayed patience at the plate by putting together four hits and getting walked four times to score seven runs with no outs. The 10th and 11th runs of the game were brought in on a 2-RBI right field single by Zavala.
 
Freshman Jennifer Pegg went 3-for-5 to contribute and picked up an RBI of her own while sophomore Audrey Serna went 2-for-3 with one RBI as well. Freshman pitcher Breanna Rodrigo pitched a complete game, giving up six runs and striking out five, giving her a 5-7 record on the year.
 
For Compton, left fielder Jessica Arias and catcher Nicole Garcia both batted 2-for-4, with Arias picking up three RBI's.
 
The Tartars (16-13, 4-11) came alive at the bottom of the seventh, sparked by Alicia Arias' sacrifice fly to center to bring in Viviana Rivera to make it 11-4 with two outs. After Garcia and Emily Cancino got on base on the ensuing at-bats, Jessica Arias smacked a hard fly ball to deep right field to make it 11-6. The attempted comeback stopped there though, as the next batter grounded out to Zavala at second base.
The Lancers will look to add to the win column when they host Cerritos College at 3p.m. on Thursday at Robinson Park.

Zavala's triples came in the third and sixth innings. The latter gave Zavala (pictured) her first of three RBI when her bomb to center field scored sophomore outfielder Vanessa Contreras to give PCC a 4-2 lead at that point.

The Lancers (12-19, 4-11) were up 4-3 at the top of the seventh inning and displayed patience at the plate by putting together four hits and drawing four walks with no outs to score seven runs. Zavala capped the rally with a 2-run single to right.

Freshman first baseman Jennifer Pegg went 3-for-5 while sophomore rightfielder Audrey Serna batted 2-for-3 as each roped a double. Freshman Breanna Rodrigo (5-7 record) pitched the complete-game win, giving up just two earned runs and striking out five. Sophomore Sara Quintero subbed for Lacey (hurt ankle) at catcher and batted 1-for-2 with a RBI.

For Compton (16-13, 4-11), leftfielder Jessica Arias (three RBI) and catcher Nicole Garcia both batted 2-for-4. The Tartars came alive in the bottom of the seventh. Arias smacked a triple to deep right that cut it to 11-6. The comeback stopped there though, as the next batter grounded to Zavala for the game's final out.

The Lancers will look to add to the win column when they host Cerritos College in a 2 p.m. conference game on Thursday, April 3 at Robinson Park.

release written by Sara Medina, sports information assistant

Release Date: 04/02/2014
Contact: Robert Lewis , Sports Information
Phone: (626) 585-7018
Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu