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Pitching-Strong Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Antelope Valley

After three games of the 2011 season, the Pasadena City College baseball team is finding pitching to be an early strength for the squad. The Lancers received several superb pitching performances in splitting a non-conference, doubleheader Saturday at Antelope Valley College.

The Lancers (2-1) defeated the Marauders, 10-5, in the 7-inning first game, then were edged, 2-1, in 10 innings in the nightcap. 

In the first contest, frosh right-hander David Whitaker (Crescenta Valley High) pitched a complete-game victory in his collegiate debut. Whitaker had a shutout through four innings and scattered nine hits, allowing three earned runs, striking out six. Five times he stranded runners in scoring position. 

The Lancers pounded out 12 hits, scoring four runs in both the second and fourth innings. First baseman Jose Serna was 2-for-5 with a double and triple and leftfielder Matthew Izumida hit 2-for-4 with a 2-run double. Centerfielder Kyle Wilkinson also was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI while DH Adan Carbajal, catcher Jason Clark, and second baseman Alex Acevedo each added two hits.

In the second game, freshman lefty Cory Burgard (Verdugo Hills HS) hurled eight innings and left with a no decision, trailing 1-0. Burgard allowed just four hits, struck out five, and retired the side 1-2-3 in the second, seventh and eighth innings. 

Down to its last out in the ninth, PCC sent the game into extra innings on leftfielder Vincent Pantaleo's 2-out, RBI single that scored Wilkinson, who doubled earlier in the frame. 

AVC (1-2) would win it in the bottom of the 10th on a walk-off, bases-loaded walk drawn by Justin Hodges. PCC sophomore transfer reliever Kaleb Carter-Allen took the loss, allowing two hits and three walks in 1-2/3 innings of work.

The Lancers make their annual trek through San Diego County this weekend with three road games. It begins Friday, Feb. 11 in a 2 p.m. game at Grossmont College in El Cajon. 

Release Date: 02/07/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu