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High-Scoring Loss Ends 2010 Baseball Season
If one statistic could explain everything about the 2010 Pasadena City College baseball team, it would be the Lancers' record when the team scored 10 or more runs in a game. PCC reached double digits in runs six times this season, yet only once did it win a game when accomplishing the feat.
PCC's season came to a head-shaking end Thursday as rallies from 2-0, 6-2, 9-6, and 10-9 scores culminated with visiting Long Beach City College pulling out a 12-11 victory at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.
The Lancers lost their last 18 consecutive games, 13 straight in South Coast Conference play. PCC finished the year 6-29 and in the cellar (eighth place) of the SCC at 4-17.
Against LBCC, frosh first baseman Jose Serna (2 RBI) and centerfielder Kyle Wilkinson each posted 4-hit games as the Lancers outhit the Vikings, 15-12. Sophomore second baseman Mike Flynn launched a 3-run homer that tied the game, 9-9, after just five innings. Freshman third baseman Ahmed Razi was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.
PCC's starting sophomore pitcher Cameron Copping had a bizarre outing in which he allowed 9 hits and 8 earned runs in 6 innings, but managed to set down Long Beach's order 1-2-3 in the first, third and sixth innings. The Lancers' relievers held the fort with Ruben Sanchez, Trevor Hendershott, Jon Paul Salazar, and Erik Pantoja combining to allow only 3 hits and 1 earned run in the last 3 innings.
LBCC took the lead for good, 12-10, thanks to two PCC defensive errors that led to two runs in the eighth inning.
In PCC's last road game April 27, an 8-3 loss at Long Beach, sophomore southpaw Hendershott hurled 2-2/3 innings of 3-hit shutout relief. Wilkinson was 3-for-4 and both rightfielder Vincent Pantaleo and shortstop Damian Santamaria were 2-for-4.
The Lancers were shutout at the All-SCC coaches meeting held Friday with no players on the first or second teams. Santamaria, Serna and sophomore catcher Brian Smith were awarded honorable mentions. Serna led the team in batting with a .372 average. Smith (.325, team-best 37 hits) paced PCC in RBI (19) and doubles (14). Santamaria was a solid defender, playing both third base and shortstop, and the freshman finished with a .295 average and 12 RBI.
[Photo--PCC freshman CF Kyle Wilkinson, running from second to third base in Thursday's game against Long Beach, belted out 7 hits in the last two PCC games, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 04/30/10