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For the fourth time in the past nine games, the Pasadena City College baseball team failed to plate a run as Mt. San Antonio handed the hapless Lancers their 12th consecutive South Coast Conference loss, 9-0, Tuesday. The game was the first of a 3-game set between the two teams played at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field. 

PCC is 4-24 overall and 1-12 in the conference. Mt. SAC leads the SCC at 20-8 and 10-3 in league games. 

Mt. SAC lefty Derrick Penilla was brilliant v. the Lancers. He threw a complete-game, 3-hit shutout as Pasadena struck out a season-high 14 times. After PCC shortstop Josh Clark singled with one out in the first inning, Penilla retired the next 21 batters in order before allowing a basehit to second baseman Tyler Dominguez in the eighth. 

The Lancers had a rough start from knuckleballer ace Tim Shiba, who allowed five earned runs and eight hits in just three innings of work. PCC's relief staff combined to allow only one earned run and six hits with Trevor Gleason (3-1/3 innings), Matt Monge (recorded two outs), Jeffrey Cortez (one inning) and Spencer Stute (one inning) all shutting down the Mounties' offense. 

For the most part, PCC's pitching has kept the team in games, but the offense has been a major concern of late. In the previous 3-game series v. Cerritos College, the Lancers scored just three runs combined, losing to the Falcons, 7-2 (April 2), 7-0 (April 4), and 4-1 (April 6). Pasadena ended March (28) with a 7-0 non-conference loss at Ventura.

In seven of their last 10 games overall, the Lancers have scored one or no runs. In the past seven SCC games, the team amassed eight runs. In the last nine overall losses since March 19, the team has averaged exactly one run per defeat, including an outburst of four runs on March 23 v. East Los Angeles. 

In the five losses since the Lancers last won v. Cerro Coso, 6-3, in a non-conference tilt March 27, PCC mustered just 22 hits and only one extra-base knock, a double by catcher Cameron Silva. The team's batting average has dropped to .227 overall and .242 in conference games. The team slugging percentage is a woeful .260 in 28 games. 

Against Cerritos, Shiba opened the series with a quality start, allowing only six hits and two earned runs with two walks in seven innings but took the loss. In the series finale, Stute hurled six innings of 5-hit ball, allowing two earned runs, walking four and striking out three. In fact, Stute started consecutive games for the Lancers as he also tossed five innings (five hits, three runs) in the Ventura defeat. Stute, a sophomore who was converted from a first baseman role last year, leads PCC in conference ERA with a 2.82 mark in 22-plus innings. 

Sophomore Evan Stransky continues to lead the team in overall ERA (3.78), and holds a 2-5 record with a team-high 30 K's in 50 innings pitched. Shiba, who started the season strong, has slipped a bit, now 1-6 in record and still a respectable 4.40 ERA in 59-1/3 innings. 

First baseman David Halstead is the team's top batter with a .298 overall mark and .348 conference average. 

The Lancers next play Mt. SAC on Thursday, April 11 in a 6 p.m. evening first pitch in Walnut. 

[Photo--PCC third baseman Bobby Fraijo tries to force out a Mt. SAC runner after spearing a line drive during Tuesday's loss at Brookside Park, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]

Release Date: 04/10/13
Robert Lewis, Sports Information
Phone: 626-585-7018, Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu