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Bats Remain Quiet For PCC Baseball

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While pitching has been a strength in the early part of the season for the Pasadena City College baseball team, the Lancers' offense has been another story. The PCC hitters are not delivering and a .214 team batting average has raised concerns for head coach Evan O'Meara.

"We're competitive. We have pitching depth, and we're playing far better defense than in recent seasons," he said. "But you can't win games if you don't hit. We have to wake up offensively. Roy Halladay isn't pitching against us. But he might as well be, the way we've let opposing pitchers shut us down."

Cerritos College has taken the first two of its three-game series this week v. the Lancers. On Thursday, the Falcons defeated PCC, 7-3, thanks to two home runs and four RBI by leadoff hitter Pete Abrams. Cerritos downed the Lancers, 5-2, in Tuesday's South Coast Conference opener in Norwalk. In the two games, Cerritos has outhit PCC, 24-10.

PCC is 3-9 overall while Cerritos is 6-6.

In Thursday's game at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field, Abrams, a left-handed hitter, belted the first pitch of the day from PCC starter A.J. Smouse for a solo dinger to right-center field. Abrams, who was robbed off a home run by PCC rightfielder Ahmed Razi on Tuesday, later made PCC pay for some defensive misfortunes in the fourth inning.

Falcons' DH Vince Perry struck out swinging, but reached first base on a wild pitch by Smouse. Third baseman Jeremy Ruiz then dropped a sacrifice bunt that was bobbled by PCC catcher Jason Clark as his ensuing throw was too late at first for an error. Two batters later, Abrams crushed a Smouse offering well over the centerfield fence for a 3-run blast and a 6-0 Cerritos lead.

Smouse, a sophomore transfer right-hander, took the loss, but threw seven innings, scattering 12 hits and allowing five earned runs. Lefty Jimmy Britt tossed a solid 1-2/3 innings (one hit, one unearned run) in relief.

Pasadena had three doubles by Razi, Clark, and first baseman Jose Serna, as part of its six hits. Second baseman Sean Stone lined a RBI single in the fourth inning. In that same frame, Razi scored on a well-executed double steal with shortstop Nick Jones taking second and Razi racing home on the catcher's throw down to second.

Cerritos winning pitcher and starter Nick Quezada allowed just five hits over eight innings, striking out six. In the SCC opener, Falcons starter Christian Rodriguez tossed 5-1/3 innings, allowing four hits and two runs before reliever Cesar Chavez no-hit the Lancers over the final 3-2/3 innings for the save.

PCC did receive adequate pitching from losing starter David Whitaker (five innings, seven hits, three earned runs) and a strong relief performance from Brett Smith (three innings, four hits, one run). Offensively, Lancer CF Kyle Wilkinson was 2-for-4, including a fifth-inning RBI single that drove in Stone, who reached on a double.

The Lancers travel back to Cerritos College on Saturday, March 12 in a 12 noon first pitch. This season, all conference games are being played as 3-game series with each SCC opponent.

[Photo--Nick Jones goes high to grab a throw during PCC's 7-3 loss to Cerritos Thursday at Brookside Park, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 03/10/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu