Third 1-Run Loss Frustrates PCC Baseball
Saturday home games are usually festive occasions for collegiate baseball teams. Parents of players are often more free to attend games and even weekend passersby will stop to take in the competition. The 2013 Pasadena City College baseball team, however, has not enjoyed its recent Saturdays at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.
The Lancers have been confounded by the Saturday matinee results--three 1-run losses--that have contributed to a miserable 1-8 start this season. On Saturday v. West Los Angeles College, PCC fought back from a 6-1 deficit, but blew a 9-8 lead with the Wildcats down to their final out. Although Pasadena tied it in the bottom of the ninth, WLAC (2-5 record) scored a single run in the 10th for an exhausting 10-9, extra-inning win over the Lancers.
An error and a hit by pitch put two runners on for West LA in the ninth with two outs before PCC reliever Spencer Stute (0-2) was touched for a 2-RBI triple belted down the third-base line by leftfielder Johnny Davis. It was a banner afternoon for Davis, who earlier knocked PCC starter Tim Shiba out of the game in the fourth inning with a 3-run blast for a home run over the left-centerfield fence.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Lancers tied it at 9-9 when pinch hitter Tarik El Abour drew a bases-loaded hit by pitch. With one out, PCC's chance to win it in the ninth was immediately erased when El Abour was doubled off first on a soft liner hit to the second baseman by Lancer shortstop Josh Clark.
In the 10th, the Wildcats scored the winning run on a RBI single by Jose Munoz, knocking in Quinn Barbini who had doubled. In the bottom of the 10th, PCC tried one last rally as third baseman Aaron Correa and second baseman Tyler Dominguez hit back-to-back singles to open the frame. WLAC reliever Justin Gadaire (1-0) induced a ground ball double play to shortstop, then retired catcher Cameron Silva on a grounder to third for the game's final out.
Overall for PCC's hitters, Dominguez batted 3-for-4, first baseman David Halstead wa 2-for-3 and Clark was 2-for-4. The Lancers had eight hits, but drew seven walks (three by leftfielder Anthony Martinez), and were hit seven times by WLAC pitchers (two drawn by designated hitter Corey Richards).
Earlier in the week, PCC lost at Oxnard, 6-1 (Feb. 12), fell at Rio Hondo, 12-4 (Feb. 13), and was routed at Los Angeles Pierce, 17-3 (Feb. 15). Silva hit the team's first home run of the year at Pierce, a solo shot in the sixth inning.
The Lancers hope to snap a seven-game losing streak when they host Irvine Valley College in a non-conference game on Tuesday, Feb. 19. First pitch at Robinson Field is 2 p.m.
[Photo--PCC pitcher Spencer Stute applies a tag on a home plate play while dealing with the dust, a runner, the umpire and catcher Corey Richards at Rio Hondo College Wednesday, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]