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Baseball Anticipates Start Of 2012 Season

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The Pasadena City College baseball team is looking forward to the start of the 2012 season as the Lancers open with a doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 4 at Antelope Valley College. PCC is under the direction of head coach Evan O'Meara, in his eighth season running the Lancers.

[Editor's Note--The Lancers' home schedule has been delayed due to a re-surfacing project on Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field. The team's initial home opener v. Antelope Valley originally scheduled for this week was instead moved to AVC as part of the doubleheader. Check this website for scheduling updates and the baseball schedule/score page for changes.] 

Infielder Matt Chavez, a left-handed hitting .293 batter in conference games last year, returns as part of the sophomore group. Chavez (pictured) will play both first base and second base this season. He fielded at a .977 clip in conference games in 2011.

The team's pitching staff includes returner Brett Smith, 2-2 record, 22 strikeouts in 29 innings, and sophomore transfer Will Emerson (from the University of Tampa).

"Both of those guys can throw over 90 (miles per hour), and will be keys to our pitching staff," O'Meara said. "Brandon Spicer, who is our starting rightfielder, is another hard thrower and may be closing and getting spot starts on the mound."

Damian Santamaria, an All-South Coast Conference honorable mention two years ago, returns to the Lancers as the team's third baseman. Santamaria batted .293 in 25 games played in 2010 and proved to be one of the team's best fielders. Another returner from 2010, outfielder George Gonzalez is expected to be a top hitter. Gonzalez batted .476 in 21 at bats (a home run, four RBI) his freshman year before a broken foot ended his season. Gonzalez is healthy and ready to go in 2012.

Freshman Justin Dingman, an All-East Valley League First Team selection out of Verdugo Hills High, will step in as the team's starting catcher.

"I think we have the pitching to compete, but for us to do well we will have to hit and execute on defense," O'Meara said. "We're not as deep as we had hoped so that means we also have to stay healthy and condition the players to survive the long haul of a collegiate season. Any time it's a new season, you get excited about how your team develops and comes together as a group. Our players are itching to get on the field."

PCC added a new assistant coach in Dave Walters, a former PCC player. He joins mainstay Nick Gomez on O'Meara's staff.

Release Date: 02/02/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu