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Baseball Enters SCC Win Column, 4-3, At Cerritos
The Pasadena City College baseball team scored four runs to break a scoreless tie in the eighth inning and went on to post a 4-3 victory at Cerritos College March 12. The Lancers took the finale of the three-game series to move to 1-2 in the South Coast Conference.
The Lancers (4-9 overall) again were fueled by outstanding pitching from starter Kaleb Carter-Allen and reliever Kevin Gute. Carter-Allen, a sophomore transfer from Allan Hancock College, held a shutout through seven innings before being touched for three runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Gute stranded two runners on base to close that frame and struck out two of the last three batters to record the save. The right-hander is 2-0 this season with 13 strikeouts in 13 innings of work, carrying a microscopic 0.69 ERA.
The inning was not without controversy as a balk was originally called on Gute by the home umpire that scored a run. Upon being asked by PCC head coach Evan O'Meara for help to reconsider the call, the home plate ump was overruled by the base umpire. According to the base umpire, Gute had not broken any rules as he removed his back foot off the mound rubber before making any motion. The no-balk call prevented Cerritos from scoring a run at that point (the run later did score) but delayed the game for several minutes as Falcons' coach Ken Gaylord argued the decision.
Limited to just two hits over the first seven innings by Cerritos starting pitcher and lefty Jacob Bell (eight Ks), Pasadena would see five straight batters reach base safely to open the eighth against two Falcons' relievers. After shortstop Nick Jones singled and later scored on a wild pitch, first baseman Matt Chavez delivered a bases-loaded single to plate two more runs. Third baseman Andrew Newman added a RBI groundout to first for what would prove to be the winning run. PCC stole three bases in the inning.
The Lancers welcomed the return of letterman infielder Mike Vasquez to the roster. Vasquez became eligible this week and played in his first game of the season. He was hit by a pitch and scored during the eighth-inning rally and added a single in the ninth as the reserve designated hitter.
Carter-Allen (pictured) went 7-plus innings, allowing nine hits, three earned runs, two walks and striking out five batters for his first PCC win (now 1-3 record). Catcher Jose Serna was 2-for-4 with a double.
O'Meara's team saw the first advantage of the new 3-game series schedule v. each conference opponent in 2011.
"Both teams know each other by the third game, so it's hard for one team to get a complete upper hand on the other," O'Meara said. "Since we are getting some great pitching from so many different guys, we're prepared for the 3-game sets. We battled Cerritos those first two losses, and we earned the win in the third outing. It's going to be hard for any team to sweep a 3-game series."
PCC hosts Mt. San Antonio College Tuesday, March 15 in a 2:30 p.m. first pitch at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.
Release Date: 03/14/11