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Baseball Faltering After Strong SCC Start

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After winning three of their first four South Coast Conference games, the Pasadena City College baseball team has fallen into bad habits which have sent the Lancers into a 3-game losing streak.

The Lancers have been outscored, 38-7, in the tailspin, including Tuesday's 13-3 beating against visiting Long Beach City College at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field. PCC is 5-11 overall and now 3-4 in the SCC. LBCC, led by a grand slam homer by Stephon Brown and 4-hit pitching by winning starter Matt Johnson (6 innings), moved to 7-12 and 4-3 in conference.

The clutch pitching, timely hitting and strong defense of previous games has turned into a combination of poor defense, weak offense, and ineffective pitching from the PCC pitching staff. Mental mistakes on both offense and defense have also compounded the Lancers' breakdown of late.

"We let a couple of balls drop in that our outfielders have to make a play on," said Evan O'Meara, Lancers' head coach. "We also made mental mistakes on the basepaths. Those are runs we're giving the other team, and others we're taking away from ourselves. On the mound, we're starting to give up too many walks. We have to turn this thing around."

Against LBCC, the Lancers made 5 errors and struggled to try to hold down the Vikings bats. Long Beach, which committed 5 errors as well, outhit PCC, 16-4, and extended their win streak to three consecutive.

Catcher Brian Smith batted 1-for-3 with a double and 2 runs scored for PCC's offensive leader. Relievers Greg Bond and Jon Paul Salazar each threw a shutout inning in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.

The Lancers host Los Angeles Harbor College Thursday, March 18 in a 2:30 p.m. first pitch at Brookside.

[Photo--Enrique Reynoso makes a running catch at the leftfield fence during PCC's 13-3 loss to Long Beach Tuesday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 03/16/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu