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Baseball Pulls Off Amazing Comeback, Beats Harbor, 12-11, In 10 Innings

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Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra had it right when he once said, "It ain't over 'til it's over." The Pasadena City College baseball team proved that memorable Yogism to be true Tuesday afternoon with a dramatic rally against visiting Los Angeles Harbor College.

Trailing 11-5, the Lancers scored six runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings. In the 10th inning, catcher Jason Clark completed the improbable comeback with a bases-loaded, walk-off RBI single to deep right as PCC stunned the Seahawks, 12-11, at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.

The South Coast Conference game featured 36 hits (21 by Harbor) and took 3 hours, 36 minutes to complete. PCC Head Coach Evan O'Meara used 22 players as his bench helped spark the rally.

Pasadena (7-13, 4-6 in conference) trailed by as much as 10-3 going into the bottom of the eighth inning as both teams started to insert reserves, thinking the game was out of reach. In the bottom of the ninth, PCC took advantage of a pair of infield errors by the Harbor defense. A Nick Jones RBI single was followed by two stolen bases by the speedy sophomore shortstop-second baseman. Centerfielder Kyle Wilkinson knocked in Jones with a line single to cut it to 11-7.

Clark's RBI hit to left trimmed the advantage to 11-8. After Harbor recorded the second out and with PCC down to its final chance, reserve DH Adan Carbajal dropped in a double down the right field line that cut it to 11-9. Reserve second baseman Alex Acevedo tied it, 11-11, with a 2-run single to right field.

In the top of the 10th inning, PCC winning pitcher and reliever Brett Smith wiggled out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out Marcel Lingad. Smelling victory, the Lancers opened the bottom of the 10th with the first base hit of the season by reserve outfielder Tarik El-Abour. A hit by pitch to Wilkinson was followed with a walk drawn by first baseman Jose Serna. Clark then delivered a 2-2 pitch off Harbor reliever Lester Salcedo over the rightfielder's head as the team swarmed the freshman in a game-ending celebration.

Overall, Wilkinson was 3-for-5, Clark 2-for-6 with three RBI, Jones 2-for-5 with three stolen bases, and Carbajal 2-for-2. The PCC relief squad of Charlie Sweeney, Adam Wickham, Justin Smith (one unearned run) and Brett Smith combined to throw four strong innings after a rough start for David Whitaker and a shaky outing by reliever Kevin Gute.

For LA Harbor (8-14, 4-6 in SCC play), centerfielder Kyle Demarco batted 5-for-6.

"I told the players to not give in just because we were behind by six runs," O'Meara said. "We faced so many good pitchers in the past few conference series. I kept reminding our hitters that it would get easier for us. The players believed in each other today, and pushed each other to perform."

The two teams play game 2 of their 3-game series Thursday, March 31 at LA Harbor in Wilmington. First pitch is 2:30 p.m. The Lancers will host the finale on Saturday, April 2 at 12 noon.

[Photo--Kyle Wilkinson (2) hugs Jason Clark following the catcher's walk-off RBI single that propelled the Lancers over LA Harbor, 12-11, Tuesday at Brookside Park, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 03/29/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu