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Pitching Failing Baseball In 3-Game Slump

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A strong point during their victories this season, pitching has been just the opposite for the Pasadena City College baseball team of late. The Lancers have surrendered 44 runs over three straight South Coast Conference losses, including Thursday's 18-7 setback v. visiting East Los Angeles College.

The Lancers (6-14 overall) fell to 4-7 in the SCC after the team's pitching staff allowed 20 hits in the defeat at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field. PCC starter and losing pitcher Cameron Copping gave up 10 hits and 10 earned runs before departing after 4-1/3 innings. ELAC leftfielder Ryan Doeppel slugged a 2-run homer in the first inning and Huskies' rightfielder David Magallon blasted a 3-run blast in the third inning.

East LA led by as much as 13-0 before the Lancers' offense finally started clicking. By game's end, PCC totaled 17 hits and received big performances from rightfielder George Gonzalez, who was 4-for-4  with 2 doubles, and leftfielder Enrique Reynoso, who batted 3-for-6 with a double and a solo home run in the eighth inning. Shortstop Mike Vasquez, designated hitter Max Romero, and centerfielder Garrett Adams all went 2-for-5.

On March 23 at Cal State Los Angeles, five PCC pitchers were touched for 17 hits and 14 earned runs in a 16-3 loss to ELAC. The Huskies knocked out PCC starter Ruben Sanchez (6 runs) by the third inning.

On March 20, the Lancers slammed a season-high 3 home runs, but they weren't enough in a 10-7 loss at Los Angeles Harbor College. Again PCC fell behind by a large margin early on, trailing 10-1 by the end of the third inning. The Lancers' roundtripper parade started with second baseman Mike Flynn's leadoff homer in the first inning, then another leadoff homer by DH Ahmed Razi in the fourth. Gonzalez slugged a pinch-hit, 2-run homer in the eighth.

PCC relief pitchers Jeff Stirling and Greg Bond combined to hurl 5-2/3 innings of 4-hit shutout relief that allowed the Lancers to rally.

Pasadena has allowed 10 or more runs in an alarming 11 games this season, winning only one of those contests. After 20 games, the team's ERA has balooned to 8.05 with an opponent batting average of .360. The team's most effective pitcher has been closer Jon Paul Salazar, who has a 3.72 ERA in 10 appearances (9-2/3 innings) with a 1-0 record and 2 saves.

"Our starting pitching has left us trying to play catch up, and you can't win games when you're behind by double digits before we can get through our lineup once," PCC Head Coach Evan O'Meara said. "We've received some nice efforts from some of our relievers, but we're inconsistent at best. We may have to have an audition for starting assignments on the mound because the guys we were counting on just aren't doing the job."

The Lancers will take a break from SCC play when they play a 3-game series at Cerro Coso College (Ridgecrest) on March 31-April 1. PCC's next conference game won't be until Thursday, April 8 at current SCC leader El Camino College.

[Photo--Sophomore Enrique Reynoso at the plate in a recent Lancers game.]

Release Date: 03/25/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu