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