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Extra Base Tripping For Baseball In 13-8 Slugfest Over El Camino

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Led by a season-high 17 hits, seven for extra bases, the Pasadena City College baseball team snapped a six-game, South Coast Conference losing streak in defeating El Camino, 13-8, Thursday at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.

The Lancers improved to 8-19 and 5-12 in SCC play. El Camino is 12-18 and 6-11. Pasadena's bats came alive only a few days after ECC had put up its season high in hits at 22 in a 14-4 rout over the Lancers on April 12 in Torrance.

Here are some of the interesting numbers from the PCC victory:

1. All nine players batted safely in the PCC lineup.
2. Eight different players scored a run and eight different players recorded a RBI.
3. The team hit more triples (3) than it had in its previous 16 conference games combined (2). 
4. PCC reached base 25 times and scored runs in every inning but the second and eighth.

Catcher Jason Clark (Duarte High, freshman, pictured) reached base in all five of his plate appearances, batting 3-for-3 with two walks, a triple, and two RBI.

Designated hitter Jose Serna went 3-for-4 and third baseman Andrew Newman put on a laser show of sorts. The left-handed batting Newman lined a sacrifice fly to right in the first, hit a gift RBI double that was lost in the sun by the ECC leftfielder in the third, scorched a triple down the RF line in the sixth, and just missed a home run in the seventh that was caught at fence-high level by Warriors' rightfielder Luke Klocek. 

With PCC tied 7-7 in the bottom of the sixth and two outs, Newman and rightfielder Ahmed Razi belted back-to-back triples for one run, followed by a RBI single to left from centerfielder Kyle Wilkinson. 

Relief pitcher Brett Smith was brilliant in picking up the mound triumph (2-2 record) on 3-2/3 innings of 2-hit ball, allowing one unearned run, and striking out two. 

For PCC's offense, shortstop Mike Vasquez was 2-for-4 in both El Camino contests. First baseman Matt Chavez is on a mini tear, batting 5-for-11 in his past three games. 

The two teams play the rubber match of a 3-game series Saturday, April 16 in a 12 noon start at El Camino College.

Release Date: 04/15/11
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