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Smouse's Pitching Gem Turns Into Another PCC Nine Defeat

Smouse's Pitching Gem Turns Into Another PCC Nine Defeat image

Sophomore transfer pitcher A.J. Smouse did everything he could to stop first-place Long Beach City College from sweeping his Pasadena City College baseball team Monday afternoon. His complete-game, 7-hitter shut down the Vikings' bats, but his counterpart Kenny Uyetake was that much better against PCC's hitters in a 2-1 LBCC win at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.

Uyetake (eight innings) and closer Michael Kerman (ninth) combined to retire the last 12 Lancers in order. The lefty Uyetake allowed just four hits and struck out eight for the pitching victory, surrendering just one unearned run while Kerman struck out two for the save.

Smouse, who pitched the team out of several jams, was the hard-luck losing pitcher despite allowing just one earned run, striking out six, and throwing 1-2-3 innings in the second, third, fifth, and sixth innings. The outstanding pitching from both teams allowed the game to end in a speedy 2 hours and seven minutes.

LBCC improved to 12-10 overall and lead the South Coast Conference at 7-2. The Lancers, who lost their second straight 2-1 game and fifth one-run game of the season, fell to 6-13 and 3-6 in the SCC. Long Beach held Pasadena to just four runs and 14 hits in winning three times v. the Lancers in a week's span.

Sophomore catcher Jose Serna, who was responsible for six of those hits, batted 2-for-4 with a double in Monday's loss. Serna is the team's leading hitter with a .393 overall batting average and a sizzling .444 mark in conference play. As a team, PCC is hitting a mediocre .230 overall and .235 in nine SCC games. Meanwhile, the team's pitching staff is one of the top groups in the state with a 3.81 team ERA in conference.

"I couldn't have asked for two better pitching performances than what were turned in by Kaleb Carter-Allen on Saturday and Smouse today," said PCC Head Coach Evan O'Meara. "It's just a shame that we just couldn't give them runs. If you look at Long Beach's offense, it's not that great either. But they find ways to score enough runs. That's why they are in first place."

Designated hitter Adan Carbajal drove in PCC's lone run with a RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the first inning. Long Beach scored its decisive run in the fourth inning on a RBI groundout by Anthony Salas.

PCC will try to get back on track Tuesday, March 29 with a 2:30 p.m. home game against Los Angeles Harbor College. It is the first of a 3-game series v. the Seahawks.

[Photo--A.J. Smouse, a transfer from Glendale College, lowered his ERA to 3.10 in his complete-game effort during a 2-1 loss to Long Beach Monday at Brookside Park, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 03/28/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu