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Baseball Sweeps Twinbill Over Cerro Coso

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Reliever A.J. Smouse earned two saves Thursday in closing solid starts by lefty Cory Burgard and righthander Kevin Gute as the Pasadena City College baseball team swept a non-conference doubleheader over Cerro Coso, 3-1 and 7-5, Thursday at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.

The Lancers improved to 7-5 on their home diamond this season. PCC is 10-21 overall. Cerro Coso, from Ridgecrest, saw its record drop to 11-22.

In the seven-inning first game, Burgard (pictured, Verdugo Hills High) earned his first collegiate victory, scattering eight hits, walking five, and stranding 11 runners on base. He twice worked his way out of bases-loaded jams in the second and fourth innings. Smouse, a sophomore transfer from Glendale College via Arcadia High, hurled a 1-2-3 seventh for his first save.

PCC totaled just five hits, but took advantage of 10 Cerro Coso walks. In the first inning, the Lancers scored all the runs they would need on a 2-run single to left by catcher Jason Clark (2-for-2, double). Leftfielder Vincent Pantaleo and first baseman Matt Chavez, the first two batters in the PCC lineup, scored on the Clark hit as they would combine to draw three walks a piece.

In the 9-inning second game, PCC batted around its order and scored six runs in the second inning, gave up five in the top of third, and hung on for the sweep. In the big-scoring second frame, Pantaleo delivered a 2-run double, catcher Jose Serna hit a RBI single, and Clark, at designated hitter, doubled in a run.

In the third, the Coyotes rallied with help from three PCC infield errors that led to four unearned runs off Gute. The freshman Gute pitched well overall, allowing only six hits in six innings to up his team-leading record to 3-1. Adam Wickham and David Whitaker each threw scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth before Smouse again closed the door, allowing a leadoff single before mowing down the last three batters in order.

The Lancers banged out 14 hits with Serna going 3-for-5 with a triple and third baseman Andrew Newman also 3-for-5 with two doubles. Pantaleo and Clark each had two hits and two RBI.

Newman, who has been on a late-season hitting tear, homered in PCC's 6-2, South Coast Conference loss at El Camino College April 16. On April 19 at Orange Empire Conference power Santa Ana College, the Lancers held their own with 12 hits, but lost 4-3 to the Dons. Chavez batted 3-for-4. Pantaleo, Clark, rightfielder RJ Pabon, and second baseman Sean Stone each had two hits. Lefty Jimmy Britt suffered the loss despite five strong innings.

Release Date: 04/22/11
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