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Dramatic Finish As Baseball Holds On To 9-8 Victory Over Cerritos

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Baseball has a way that can allow most any player an opportunity to redeem himself. That was the case Saturday afternoon as a pair of sophomores came through when it counted to save Pasadena City College's 9-8, South Coast Conference victory over Cerritos at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.

Things looked bleak when PCC's 9-4 lead was cut to one run during a ninth-inning Cerritos rally.

With the bases loaded and one out, letterman reliever Brett Smith got the Falcons' Andres Dorantes to hit a grounder to freshman shortstop Tyler Dominguez. Second baseman Sean Stone, who had an 0-for-4 day at the plate and earlier made a throwing error that scored a Cerritos run, seized the moment as he took the flip by Dominguez with his right bare hand and in one motion made the turn to gun out Dorantes by a step at first for a game-ending, 6-4-3 douple play.

Stone's play made up for his tough afternoon while Smith, who hasn't pitched a win since opening day, recorded the save. The two players received praise from PCC Head Coach Evan O'Meara.

"Stone made an instinctive play. If he uses his glove on the transfer, the runner beats the throw and it's a tie game," O'Meara said. "Brett hasn't had the type of season we were hoping, but maybe this can help him get back on track. We deserved the win. We really hit well throughout the lineup and Will Emerson made an outstanding start."

Emerson (2-4 record) hurled seven innings, allowing six hits, two earned runs and striking out five.

PCC rallied from a 4-0 deficit with a 5-run, fourth inning in which the team batted around (all nine hitters).

Dominguez batted 2-for-4 with four RBI as the mighty left-handed hitting, 5-foot-6, 150-pounder raised his overall batting average to .366. Sophomore designated hitter Matt Chavez hit his 11th double of the season, booming a drive off the right-center field fence as he went 3-for-4. Also in the 12-hit attack, rightfielder Anthony Martinez lined a pair of opposite field doubles and third baseman Daniel Gomez was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Gomez's RBI single in the seventh turned out to be the game-winning run.

Leftfielder Brandon Spicer added a RBI triple and first baseman David Halstead was 1-for-2 and drew three walks. Gomez (.429 in 21 at bats) and Halstead (.386, two home runs, 10 RBI) are currently on mini hitting tears.

The Lancers (5-18, 3-9 in the SCC) snapped a 6-game losing streak and evened their record in 1-run decided games at 3-3.

For Cerritos (7-17, 4-8 in the SCC), Bubby Rossman torched Lancers' pitching in the 3-game series as he went 3-for-4 with two doubles Saturday and 9-for-14 overall. Rossman also made a sensational diving catch in left-center field to rob Chavez of a potential fourth hit in the seventh inning.

Next week, the Lancers will play four non-conference road games. The road trip starts at Oxnard College (Monday, April 2), at Fullerton (Tuesday, April 3), at Moorpark (Wednesday, April 4), and concludes at Santa Ana (Friday, April 6). The team doesn't resume conference play until Tuesday, April 10 when it begins a 3-game series against visiting Long Beach City College.

[Photo--Daniel Gomez has delivered as an emergency infielder this season. He lines a hit here against Cerritos on Saturday, image by Richard Quinton.]

Release Date: 04/01/12
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu