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In a battle to stay out of the basement of the South Coast Conference, the Pasadena City College baseball team held a brief 3-0 lead, but went on to lose to Cerritos, 13-6, Tuesday at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.

The Lancers (4-17, 2-8 in the SCC) are in their toughest slump of the 2012 season, having lost five straight games, including one of the most lopsided defeats in school history, a 31-1 setback at Mt. San Antonio on Mar. 24.

In the five losses, PCC has been outscored, 82-15. The team hasn't allowed less than 10 runs in a game since a 10-9 win over East Los Angeles on Mar. 15. Tuesday's contest was the 11th time this season that the Lancers' pitching staff allowed 10 or more runs in a game.

PCC jumped out to a 3-0 lead sparked by a Daniel Gomez 2-RBI, line single to center in the bottom of the second inning. That would be the team's last hurrah as Cerritos centerfielder Bubby Rossman bombed a 2-run homer over the right field fence off PCC starter Brett Smith that tied it. From that point, Cerritos scored runs in six of the final seven innings of the game and never lost the lead since taking a 4-3 lead in the fourth.

The Falcons (6-16, 3-7) won for the first time all season on the road after coming into the game with a 0-11 record away from Norwalk. The 13 runs and 17 hits were season highs for Cerritos.

For PCC, leftfielder George Gonzalez batted 3-for-4 with a double while Gomez, at DH, was 2-for-3. Centerfielder Sean Stone went 2-for-4, including a double, and made a sensational diving catch to end the first inning. Stone, a sophomore, is batting .347 overall and is one of four regulars hitting above .300 in conference play.

"On offense, we really don't have a problem getting on base, but we leave way too many runners on," said PCC Head Coach Evan O'Meara. "But when we can't stop the bleeding on the mound, it just makes it harder for the hitters.

"Right now, we need somebody to step up on the pitching staff. All of our wins were a direct result of good starting pitching and some great relief efforts. Our defense hasn't helped either. We don't make the plays in the infield that we have to make. If it's not physical errors, we're also making mental mistakes that shoot us in the foot."

The Lancers continue their 3-game series v. the Falcons Thursday, Mar. 29 at Cerritos College (2:30 p.m.). The series concludes Saturday, Mar. 31 in a 12 noon start at Robinson Field.

[Photo--George Gonzalez beats the throw to first for his third hit of the game during the Lancers' 13-6 loss to Cerritos Tuesday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 03/27/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu