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PCC's Chavez Hitting Well Near Baseball Season End
Left-handed hitting sophomore Matt Chavez is making his bid to receive All-South Coast Conference recognition thanks to an outstanding season at the plate for the Pasadena City College baseball team.
On April 21, Chavez lifted the Lancers to a 5-3 win over El Camino College-Compton Center with a 3-for-4 afternoon, including a triple and four RBI. He then reached base four times Tuesday on two doubles, two walks and scored three runs in a 19-7 loss to El Camino College (Torrance).
The recent hitting tear has raised Chavez's overall batting average to a team-leading .361 and his conference mark to .355. The sophomore utility infielder tops the Lancers in seven different offensive categories, including an impressive 13 doubles and 29 RBI. He's drawn a team best 20 walks and his on-base percentage is among the conference leaders at .448. He is the only player to have started all 34 games PCC has played in 2012.
The sociology major is a solid college student after earning a 4.0 GPA in high school. Chavez is already the first Lancer sophomore to earn a 4-year university scholarship this season. He signed with New Mexico Highlands University on April 8.
"Matt has been pretty consistent all season" said PCC Head Coach Evan O'Meara. "If he isn't driving in runs, he's getting on base to create scoring opportunities. People think because he doesn't hit home runs, he's not hitting for power, but that's really not the case. He has hit about six or seven shots off the outfield walls in games. As far as a pure hitter, he's as good as I've seen in our program in the last nine years."
An all-league player at Maranatha High, Chavez showed some of his hitting ability as a Lancers' freshman when he batted .263 with a team-high eight doubles and 13 RBI. Defensively, Chavez has bounced around the infield, playing first base last year and the middle infield at both shortstop and second base this season.
Chavez has some family athletic pedigree, but most of that is in football. His grandfather once was a quarterback at Tulane University and his uncle is one-time UCLA and NFL quarterback John Sciarra, the MVP of the 1976 Rose Bowl Game.
Chavez and the Lancers close out the 2012 season this week with a pair of games against El Camino (Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27).
[Photo--Matt Chavez takes a swing during a recent game, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 04/25/12