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Freshman catcher Holly Riker-Sloan fouls off during her second at bat on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. Riker-Sloan would hit a solo home run the next pitch. (Max Zeronian/Courier)
Freshman catcher Holly Riker-Sloan fouls off during her second at bat on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. Riker-Sloan would hit a solo home run the next pitch. (Max Zeronian/Courier)

Head coach Monica Tantlinger, in what will be her second full season as head coach, has her team off to an 8-0 start after a thrilling come from behind victory against defending state champion Citrus College on Wednesday afternoon.

“It was an awesome team win,” said freshman catcher Holly Riker-Sloan.

PCC jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Citrus wasted no time answering back with two of their own.

Riker-Sloan tied things up with a solo shot in the top of the fourth on a 3-2 change-up.

The Lancers dug themselves a bit of a hole as an error-plagued bottom of the forth inning allowed four Owls to cross the plate, giving Citrus a 6-2 lead.

PCC rallied with eight more runs in the top of the fifth, giving them a lead that they would not let go.

Freshman right fielder Derek “Mudder” Blow put on a defensive clinic with two eye-popping catches, one of which robbed a would-be home run in the bottom of the sixth.

Sophomore pitcher Breanna Rodrigo came in to slam the door for the save, capping off the amazing win.

The Lancers’ offense has been nothing short of outstanding, as they have already recorded 12 home runs over their first eight games, passing the previous single season record at PCC. Sophomore second baseman Justine Zavala slugged four home runs over the weekend, leading the squad to a first place finish in the Glendale Tournament. As the lead-off batter, Zavala has done an incredible job setting the tone for the rest of the offense, Tantlinger said. Six Lancers have at least one home run on the season.

“I’m very proud of my teammates and excited for the rest of the season,” said Zavala following the Glendale Tournament.

PCC’s team motto is to “turn some heads.” They will look to continue to do just that as they travel to Southwestern College in Chula Vista on Saturday.

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