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Emerson Blows Out Candles, Baseball Beats 6th-Rated Glendale

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Will Emerson played the role of stopper on his 22nd birthday Saturday afternoon. The transfer sophomore starting pitcher hurled shutout ball over the game's first eight innings as the visiting Pasadena City College baseball team knocked off Southern California Region No. 6-ranked Glendale, 5-4, at Stengel Field.

Emerson (pictured) helped snap PCC's 6-game losing streak as the Lancers rebounded from a disappointing 22-8 loss v. LA Pierce on Friday. PCC improved to 2-6 while Emerson picked up his first Lancers' pitching victory. He last pitched in college at the University of Tampa for its junior varsity after playing his prep ball in Maine.

Emerson allowed just four hits and no walks over the first eight innings before tiring in the ninth. Glendale (5-4) rallied for all four of its runs in the ninth and threatened to complete the comeback. But with runners on second and third, PCC reliever Marco Ordaz got Vaqueros' pinch hitter Sergio Plasencia to fly out to left to end it.

The Lancers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on second baseman Matt Chavez's RBI single to left-center. In the fifth, PCC added a run as third baseman Damian Santamaria stole home after Chavez got in a rundown between first and second that caught the Vaqueros' infield napping.

Emerson, whose final line was 8-1/3 innings, six hits, two earned runs, one walk, five strikeouts, received some defensive help in the eighth on a sensational diving catch in right-center by PCC centerfielder Manny Pantoja.

In the ninth, the Lancers scored what proved to be more than insurance runs as catcher Justin Dingman, Pantoja, and designated hitter Sean Stone hit back-to-back-to-back, shot doubles to left. Chavez made it 5-0 on a RBI single through the right side.

"Will pitched a whale of a game for us," said PCC Head Coach Evan O'Meara. "I'm really proud of how our guys bounced back after our debacle v. LA Pierce. It would have been real easy to throw in the towel after we've slumped this week. Our pitching has been less than effective of late, but Emerson came up big when this team needed it. Beating a ranked team like Glendale I hope will get us back on track."

PCC's 10-hit attack included a pair of hits each for Chavez, Stone, and Dingman. The lefty-hitting Chavez leads the team in batting with a .441 average and 11 RBI.

The Lancers return to action Thursday, Feb. 23 with a 2 p.m. game against Grossmont at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.

Release Date: 02/18/12
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