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Gute Takes No-No Into 6th, Baseball Blanks Pierce, 3-0

Gute Takes No-No Into 6th, Baseball Blanks Pierce, 3-0 image

Rain helped the Pasadena City College baseball team twice against Los Angeles Pierce College. First, the rain washed out a Feb. 18 non-conference game v. the Brahmas, a game that Pierce led 7-5 in the top half of the fifth inning. Because games have to go five complete innings to be considered a contest, the game went down as a rainout. The remake was Friday and again the showers shortened the contest between the host Lancers and Pierce.

This time when the rain hit its hardest, it was PCC leading 3-0, and the Lancers were awarded the victory as the umpires called the game in the bottom of the eighth inning at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.

The Lancers (3-7) snapped a six-game losing streak thanks to a dominating pitching start by frosh right-hander Kevin Gute. A 6-foot-2, 185-pound hurler from San Marino High, Gute (pronounced Goot-ee) flirted with a no-hitter. His no-no bid was broken with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a clean single to left field by Pierce first baseman Kevin Wharton.

After allowing a pair of hits to start the seventh, Gute was relieved by lefty Adam Wickham. The Lancers defense turned double plays in each of Wickham's two innings as he saved the victory for Gute (2-0) and picked up the hard-earned save (his first). Gute finished throwing 90 pitches, allowing three hits, one walk and striking out four. The combined shutout is the first by Lancers' pitchers since Mar. 5, 2009 when Roderick Martinez and Cameron Copping teamed to blank Barstow, 1-0.

In the fifth, PCC would score the only run it would need thanks to little ball played by Lancers head coach Evan O'Meara. Shortstop Sean Stone drew a walk and was moved all the way to third base on consecutive sacrifice bunts by leftfielder Vincent Pantaleo and centerfielder Kyle Wilkinson. Stone scored on a wild pitch by hardluck losing pitcher Josh Derry.

The Lancers added a run in the sixth when Gute was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. In the seventh, PCC loaded the bases only to see first baseman Jose Serna score on a passed ball. Pasadena totaled just four hits, two by rightfielder Ahmed Razi.

LA Pierce had been among the Western State Conference's top teams as its record dropped to 7-3.

In another remake from a rainout Feb. 19 at Glendale College, the Lancers played as the visiting team despite Robinson Field being the site on Thursday. The Vaqueros held on to defeat the Lancers, 6-5.

The highlight for PCC was a superb relief performance turned in by sophomore A.J. Smouse, who transferred from Glendale College in the offseason. Smouse, who was 1-3 with a 3.63 ERA for the Vaqueros in 2010, twirled 5-2/3 innings, allowing three hits, one run, two walks and three strikeouts v. his old college.

PCC outhit Glendale, 10-9, as catcher Jason Clark batted 3-for-4 with a double. First baseman Matt Chavez roped a RBI triple. Serna added two hits as did Wilkinson.

"We've had different guys step up and give us solid pitching," O'Meara said. "We split two games against two of the stronger Western State Conference teams. I think we are ready to give our own conference foes a tough battle each game."

Pasadena opens South Coast Coast Conference play Mar. 8 at Cerritos College.

[Photo--Jose Serna receives a throw at first base in a recent game. Serna leads the Lancers after 10 games with a .353 batting average.]

Release Date: 02/25/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu