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Rough Patch For Baseball Continues
In recent weeks, the highlights are becoming few and far between for the Pasadena City College baseball team. The Lancers lost their 11th straight game Tuesday as Long Beach City College handed them a 9-1 defeat at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.
PCC (3-15 overall) is 0-7 in South Coast Conference play. The Lancers offense has produced just eight runs in the last eight games. Against LBCC, sophomore catcher Jason Clark knocked in the team's lone run on a single to right in the fifth inning. Clark batted 2-for-4. Third baseman Eric Grajeda was 2-for-3 with a double.
Long Beach (7-11, 4-3 in the SCC) stroked five of its six doubles off PCC starting pitcher Tim Shiba, who was tagged for five runs (three earned) and eight hits in three innings of work. PCC reliever John Flores hurled two perfect innings and struck out the side against LBCC reserves in the ninth. Flores was preceeded by another strong relief job by Joseph Magdaleno, who pitched 2-1/3 innings, allowing three hits and one run.
The Lancers frustrations on offense were clearly illustrated in the fourth as Clark, first baseman John Sevilla and centerfielder PJ DeZotell strung together singles, loading the bases with no outs. LBCC winning pitcher Jake Angus got the next hitter and second baseman Kai Nakamura to hit a soft liner to second and it turned into an easy unassisted double play with Sevilla racing to third before realizing the ball was caught. Angus then retired designated hitter Nick Perez on a flyout to left as PCC produced nothing from its 3-hit inning.
On March 8, East Los Angeles finished off a 3-game sweep over the Lancers with a 7-2 win (PCC shortstop Bobby Fraijo batted 2-for-4 with a double). El Camino followed with wins of 13-0, 5-0 and 10-2 (Magdaleno three scoreless relief innings) over PCC last week.
The next fact is not one for the squeamish as the Lancers have been outscored an incredible 70-7 in their seven conference losses.
DeZotell leads the Lancers in batting with a .294 average, RBI with 10, and hits with 20. On defense, he's made 62 putouts and recorded three assists without an error this season. Sophomore pitcher Brian Cuiriz (1-3) has been the team's most effective starter with a team-high 29.2 innings and a 4.85 ERA. Lefty reliever Ryan Reyes has a 3.68 ERA in 10 appearances (14.2 innings).
PCC continues its series at Long Beach on Thursday, Mar, 20 (2:30 p.m.) and then concludes the set v. the Vikings on Saturday, Mar. 24 (12 noon) back at JR Field.
[Photo--Jason Clark guns out a runner at first base during PCC's loss to Long Beach Tuesday at Brookside Park, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 03/18/14