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Lack Of Offense Sends Baseball Into 3-Game Slide

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The Pasadena City College baseball team doesn't have a problem putting runners on base, but its frequent inability to score runs has become the major reason why the Lancers are faltering at 7-16 overall and 4-9 in the South Coast Conference. PCC dropped its third straight game Tuesday, losing at El Camino College-Compton Center, 5-1.

In the team's last eight games, PCC has lost seven of them and scored just eight runs in those defeats. The only win in that period was the team's 12-11 rally triumph over Los Angeles Harbor on Mar. 29. In the Lancers' 16 total losses, they scored just 31 runs or less than two per game.

In contrast, the Lancers have averaged better than eight runs (58 total) in their seven victories. The squad's team batting average is .232. Four PCC batters who started v. Compton had averages below .200.

PCC nearly was shutout by Compton ace Aldo Montoya (4-3 record), who finally surrendered a run in the eighth on Ahmed Razi's line single to left that scored third baseman Jose Serna, who launched a double to deep center in the frame.

The Lancers totaled 10 hits, but ended the second, third, and seventh innings on 6-4-3 double play grounders. PCC stranded nine runners on base, four left on third. In the fifth, Compton rightfielder Jordan Hinshaw made a spectacular diving catch on a liner by Nick Jones that prevented a PCC run.

Although PCC's pitching had hit its first slump of the season in last week's 3-game series against LA Harbor, frosh lefthander Jimmy Britt might have ended that poor run after hurling six strong innings in his first collegiate start. Britt (Temple City High, pictured) allowed just five hits, three earned runs, and kept the Tartars bats quiet with a mixture of changeups and sinking fastballs. Reliever Brett Smith hurled the final two innings, giving up one run and striking out two.

Offensively, rightfielder Mike Vasquez (one double) and catcher Jason Clark each went 3-for-4 while Razi was 2-for-3.

On Mar. 31, PCC suffered its worst loss in seven seasons under head coach Evan O'Meara, 21-0, at LA Harbor. The Seahawks then pounded the Lancers again, 13-1, on April 2 with the lone highlight being Serna's first home run of the season. Serna, a sophomore catcher-infielder, leads the team with a .370 overall batting average. Jones, a middle infielder, is second in the SCC in stolen bases with 13 while Clark paces the squad in RBI with 13 along with a .308 average.

With rain in the forecast, PCC is scheduled to face Compton Thursday, April 7 in a 2:30 p.m. first pitch at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.

Release Date: 04/06/11
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu