Two Lancer pitchers held Santa Monica College to five hits and one run over ten doubleheader innings at Robinson Park on Feb 9. With the Pasadena bats also hammering out 17 runs over the same ten innings, the Lancers controlled their last preseason games.
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Two Lancer pitchers held Santa Monica College to five hits and one run over ten doubleheader innings at Robinson Park on Feb 9.   With the Pasadena bats also hammering out 17 runs over the same ten innings, the Lancers controlled their last preseason games.

Teresa Mendoza /Courier Lancer Pitcher Melissa Izumida bats and lands herself in second base in the first of two games against Santa Monica College at Robinson Park on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.
Teresa Mendoza /Courier
Lancer Pitcher Melissa Izumida bats and lands herself in second base in the first of two games against Santa Monica College at Robinson Park on Feb. 9.

The first game started simply, with Melissa Izumida on the mound for Pasadena.

Izumida pitched masterfully.  In the first inning it was three up, three down for Santa Monica.

In the second inning it was again three up, three down.

The third was the same.

As was the fourth.

In the fifth, the pattern continued.  One out, two outs, then a single, to break the no hitter.  And then the third out.

Pasadena won the first game 8-0, with Izumida throwing a five inning shut-out with eight strike-outs, just missing a one-hitter by one out.

When asked about her performance in the game, Izumida discussed the hitting. “We finally got our timing down, we did great, we came out strong and we ended strong,” she said.

About the one hitter, she said: “This is one of my best games so far, so I am proud of myself, practicing and trying to keep my head in there, just not letting little mistakes get to me. It helps a lot.”

In the second game Santa Monica came out strong with one run in the first inning, but after that it was all Pasadena, with the Lancers winning with a score of 9-1.

Cierra Newton, who pitched five innings for Pasadena in the second game, not only pitched a four-hit game, but she also got two hits and two RBI’s in the second game.

Benjamin Simpson / Courier Melissa Izumida warms up between innings  against Santa Monica at home in Robinson Park on Feb 9. Melissa performed a one hit shut out in the first of the two games.
Benjamin Simpson / Courier
Melissa Izumida warms up between innings against Santa Monica at home in Robinson Park on Feb 9. Melissa performed a one hit shut out in the first of the two games.

“Today we played a lot of defense, we had a good approach at the plate, and we stayed pretty focused,” said Newton, praising her teammates. But about her pitching she added: “I could have done better.”

Allison Lacey had a strong outing in both games, getting four hits, including two doubles, and four RBI’s.  “We did a lot of hitting focus in practice. That’s pretty much what we have been doing all week, so it worked out well for us,” said Lacey.

The two wins against Santa Monica finished the Lancers preseason with a record of 6-5.

“It was good, especially because we ended up on a good note before we start conference,” said coach Brittany Williams after the game.

The Lancers began their season at East Los Angeles College on Feb 12.

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