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Baseball Can't Shake Losing Streak

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After battling El Camino College-Compton Center, only to lose 4-3 Wednesday, the Pasadena City College baseball team reverted to its recent ways in a 14-4 defeat against Mt. San Antonio College Thursday at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.

The Lancers' promising (3-1) South Coast Conference start is but a memory as the team is stuck in a current, 15-game losing streak. PCC's record has dropped to 6-26 overall and 4-13 in conference play.

Against Mt. SAC, the Lancers couldn't contain the Mounties' bottom 7-8-9 hitters, who combined to collect 8 hits and 10 RBI, including a 3-run homer by Ray Ortega in the fourth inning. PCC gave up 10 or more runs in a game for the 20th time this season and 12th during the losing streak.

Shortstop Damian Santamaria and first baseman Jose Serna each batted 3-for-4 to pace the Lancers. PCC reliever Esteban Barajas hurled 3-2/3 innings of 6-hit ball, allowing 2 earned runs.

In the Compton loss, PCC's defense turned four double plays and starting pitcher Cameron Copping (2-9 record) allowed just 2 earned runs over 7 innings of work. The Lancers cut it to 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth on a run-scoring double by rightfielder Vincent Pantaleo. But Compton closer James Gonzalez was inserted into the contest and proceeded to strike out Serna and then get second baseman Mike Flynn to fly out ot center, stopping PCC's rally.

Gonzalez picked up his fifth save. For PCC, third baseman Ahmed Razi slugged a solo home run, his team-leading second of the season. Catcher Brian Smith and shortstop-pitcher Mike Vasquez each had 2 hits. Vasquez also threw 2 innings of relief.

Serna (pictured) is the team's leading hitter with a .341 batting average. Smith tops PCC in RBI with 19 and doubles with 13. The sophomore backstopper also is holds the team's top fielding percentage among regulars with a .974 mark. He has thrown out 14 runners trying to steal this season. Smith led the state in that category as a freshman.

Release Date: 04/23/10
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu