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Baseball Wins 3rd Straight On St. Paddy's Day Rout Over Mt SAC, 14-4

Baseball Wins 3rd Straight On St. Paddy's Day Rout Over Mt SAC, 14-4 image

Managed by a head coach appropriately named O'Meara, the Pasadena City College baseball team celebrated St. Patrick's Day by bashing host Mt. San Antonio College, 14-4, Thursday night in the Lancers' third straight South Coast Conference victory.

After scoring 26 runs in two wins over the Mounties, Pasadena (6-9 overall) is looking to possibly sweep the 3-game series when the teams meet Saturday, March 19 in a 12 noon contest at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.

Playing without one of the conference's top hitters in catcher/infielder Jose Serna (nursing an injury from Tuesday's victory), the Lancers' other catcher Jason Clark (pictured) put on a run-producing show as he ripped two doubles and knocked in five RBI.

Leftfielder Vincent Pantaleo was 3-for-5 with three runs scored while shortstop Mike Vasquez was 2-for-3 with three RBI. Centerfielder Kyle Wilkinson went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and first baseman Matt Chavez knocked in two RBI on a single and a sacrifice fly.

PCC is 3-0 since the sophomore Vasquez became eligible late last week after paperwork issues prevented him from taking the field in the team's first 13 games. Vasquez is already 5-for-9 with five RBI in the three wins and has helped turn a few double plays on defense.

"Having a returning starter in Mike move back into a key position like shortstop has been just a big boost to the team," said PCC Coach Evan O'Meara, who did not wear a green hat during his team's hitting fest.

"We're getting supreme pitching efforts from a variety of guys. I don't know if the hitters are just realizing their potential or they are just hot right now, but it's a lot of fun when you score double digits. It takes the pressure off our pitchers and lifts the entire dugout morale."

The beneficiary of the team's offensive outburst Thursday was starter A.J. Smouse, a sophomore transfer from Glendale College, who earned his first PCC win. Smouse hurled 7-1/3 innings, allowing seven hits, three earned runs, and striking out six batters. Relievers Jimmy Britt and Adam Wickham combined to record the last five outs.

Release Date: 03/18/11
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