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Sanchez Is Economical In Pitching Win Over Mission

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Volunteering to pitch on two days rest and knowing he wasn't going to have much in the tank, sophomore righthander Ruben Sanchez took the starting mound for the Pasadena City College baseball team in the second game of a doubleheader at LA Mission College Saturday afternoon.

Sanchez (pictured) proceeded to throw a 6-inning gem, using just 57 pitches in helping the Lancers defeat Mission, 5-4, ending a 6-game, PCC losing streak. The Lancers (2-6) were paced on offense by leadoff hitter and leftfielder Enrique Reynoso, who went 2-for-3 with 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored.

Sanchez, who pitched 7 innings on Thursday (Feb. 18) in a 7-2 loss to Rio Hondo, allowed just 4 singles and no runs after 5 innings. He allowed a solo home run in the sixth inning, but that was his only run allowed. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder gave up just 5 hits overall. Sophomore Jeff Stirling threw a sterling effort in relief with 2-1/3 innings of 1-hit shutout ball, including 3 Ks for the save.

In game 1, PCC lost to Mission, 12-3. Centerfielder Garrett Adams batted 3-for-4 and belted a 3-run homer in the seventh inning to account for the Lancers' offense. The doubleheader was played at El Cariso Park in Sylmar.

On Friday, Feb. 19, the Lancers dropped a 5-4 decision at LA Pierce College. PCC pitchers Cameron Copping and Trevor Hendershott combined to limit the Brahmas to 8 hits in 8 innings. PCC first baseman Jose Serna went 2-for-4 with a triple. In the ninth inning, PCC third baseman Ahmed Razi singled in a run with the team down to its last out. With the tying run on third base, shortstop Mike Vasquez hit into a fielder's choice to end the game.

In the Rio Hondo defeat, first baseman Max Romero and catcher Brian Smith each collected 3 hits.

On Feb. 17 at Brookside Park, LA Mission scored 11 runs against 4 PCC pitchers in the fifth inning to erase an early 2-1 Lancers lead and handed the host squad a 20-2 thrashing. Smith tripled in a run in the second inning, but Mission would respond with 4 home runs, including a pair by DH Jeremy Stearn.

The Lancers get a break until the beginning of South Coast Conference play on Tuesday, Mar. 2 in a 2 p.m. game at LA Harbor College.

Release Date: 02/22/10
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