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Tough Times For PCC Baseball

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The joy of early success in the South Coast Conference has subsided for the 2010 Pasadena City College baseball team. The Lancers are in a 9-game losing slump, including Thursday's 9-1 defeat against the conference's version of Cy Young--El Camino pitcher Kyle Petter.

The Lancers struck out 11 times against Petter, who tossed a 7-hitter over 8 innings to move his perfect record to 8-0. First-place El Camino improved to 8-4 in conference and 19-8 overall. PCC is 4-8 and 6-20. Pasadena was 3-1 to start conference play, and now have lost four straight in league games.

PCC's problems have been mostly the team's inability to prevent opponents from scoring runs. The Lancers actually snapped an alarming streak of allowing 10 or more runs in a game, a string that lasted eight contests. Teams have scored double digits against Pasadena in 16 of the Lancers' 26 games. Only four times this season have the Lancers held opponents to under 10 hits in a game. The team's ERA (earned run average) is the highest in Southern California at 9.10.

One of the team's brightspots has been the play of sophomore catcher Brian Smith (pictured). The 6-foot-3 letterman from Blair High was 3-for-4 against El Camino. Smith is batting .346 (second on the team) with team highs in RBI with 17 and doubles with 9. Freshman first baseman Jose Serna leads PCC with a .350 average. Serna knocked in the team's only run v. ECC in the sixth inning, a sacrifice fly that followed a double by Smith.

On defense, rightfielder Vincent Pantaleo (.975) and third baseman Damian Santamaria (.977) have been sharp on a consistent basis.

PCC Head Coach Evan O'Meara explained his team's troubles.

"As a team, we've hit better in the past few weeks and generated more than enough offense to win games," O'Meara said. "But when you can't get outs and starters blow big leads, what can you do. We gave away non-conference games against Rio Hondo, Victor Valley and West Hills. Our pitching staff has been poor. The few times we've been successful, it's because we received excellent pitching starts. It's a simple game. We pitch well, we win. We don't, we lose."

The Lancers host El Camino Saturday in a 12 noon start at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.

Release Date: 04/09/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu