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Baseball Bats Erupt On Little-Long Ball In 12-9 Win Over Mt. SAC
The Pasadena City College baseball team used little ball in an assortment of bunt singles, stolen bases and walks Tuesday during its South Coast Conference game against visiting Mt. San Antonio College. But it was a little bit of long ball, including a 2-run homer by Ahmed Razi and a key 2-RBI double to deep center by shortstop Mike Vasquez, that propelled the Lancers to their second straight conference win, 12-9, at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Field.
PCC (5-9 overall) evened its conference record at 2-2 while the Mounties (6-10) fell to 2-2. The game is the first of a 3-game series between the teams that continues Thursday, March 17 at Mt. SAC. The teams return to Brookside on Saturday, March 19 in a 12 noon start.
The Lancers rallied from a 7-3 deficit, cutting the score to 8-6 going into the bottom of the eighth inning. PCC pushed across six runs in the frame, starting the bonanza on a bunt single by Kyle Wilkinson, a hit-by-pitch of Nick Jones, and another bunt single by Matthew Izumida. Jones scored on a wild pitch, Jose Serna would draw a bases-loaded walk, and Matt Chavez drew another RBI walk that gave Pasadena a 9-8 lead. Vasquez then delivered his 2-run double and Andrew Newman added a run-scoring groundout to cap the big inning.
Righty freshman sensation Kevin Gute took over for reliever David Whitaker (winning pitcher, 3-1/3 innings, one run, two Ks) in the ninth and recorded his second save in as many games. Gute lowered his team-leading ERA to 0.64 as he has taken part of four of the team's victories.
Serna, a sophomore catcher, was 3-for-4 with four RBI and Razi, a letterman rightfielder, went 3-for-5 with three RBI, including a 400-foot home run over the left field fence in the fifth inning. Jones, a sophomore second baseman, tripled, scored three runs and swiped two of PCC's five stolen bases. Designated hitter Jason Clark added two hits as did Vasquez and Chavez. Pasadena totaled 16 hits, a season high.
On defense, Vasquez and Jones turned two double plays and Wilkinson made a brilliant over-the-shoulder catch as he reached the CF fence to rob an extra-base hit by the Mounties' Brian Seymour in the fifth inning.
"We didn't panic or get down when we fell behind early," PCC Head Coach Evan O'Meara said. "I"m proud of our hitters. They have had a rough going, but today, they put together many great at bats. Guys were patient when they needed to be, and pounded the ball in key spots. Razi and Vasquez came up with two really clutch hits. We'll see if we can carry this momentum into the next two big games v. Mt. SAC."
[Photo---Mike Vasquez takes a spirited swing during Pasadena's 12-9 win over Mt. SAC Tuesday afternoon, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 03/15/11