Baseball Stuck In Pre-Conference Tough Spell
The Pasadena City College baseball team continued its funk, losing to Oxnard College, 9-1, Tuesday in a non-conference game at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field. The Lancers fell to 2-10 while the Condors have won five straight games (two v. PCC) since starting the year at 0-5.
Lancers' starting pitcher Ryan Ramirez (0-2) failed to get out of the second inning as Oxnard scored five runs to break the game open. Jonah White belted a 2-run double for the Condors. Oxnard starting lefty Casey Rodriguez hurled five shutout innings, allowing only three hits and striking out seven for the pitching victory.
PCC's relievers fared well as Trevor Gleason (3-2/3 innings, three hits, one earned run), Daniel Gomez (two no-hit innings) and Jamie La Pointe (two innings, one earned run) all slowed down Oxnard's bats. The Lancers also received some outstanding defense, including a pair of diving stops by third baseman Bobby Fraijo and a diving catch plus an over-the-shoulder catch in left field by Anthony Martinez. The team still made four errors, three on plays that advanced runners already on base.
Fraijo batted 2-for-4 and scored the Lancers' lone run in the eighth inning on a RBI single by reserve leftfielder Niko Horwith.
PCC's offense has sputtered, also waiting until the ninth inning on Feb. 22 to score all three of its runs in a 7-3 loss to Grossmont at Brookside Park. In that game, pinch hitter Cameron Silva delivered a 2-RBI single while Martinez and catcher Corey Richards were each 2-for-4. Again the team's starting pitcher was gone by the second inning after Grossmont scored three runs off Spencer Stute.
The team is batting just .225 and has knocked out only 14 extra-base hits in 12 games. Second baseman Tyler Dominguez leads all regular starters with a modest .286 average. PCC's pitchers aren't doing much better, allowing a 6.96 ERA, 40 extra-base hits and a .324 opponents batting average. The team's defense has been inconsistent with 32 errors or more than two a game.
"We deserve our poor record right now," said PCC head coach Evan O'Meara said. "We stopped hitting completely, and that I thought would be a strength for us. I think the pitchers are feeling the pressure of having to throw goose eggs because they aren't receiving support. We've actually received much better pitching from our relief staff of late. Other than that, we need to wake up. Fortunately for the players, the South Coast Conference season hasn't even started yet. That means we can right this ship."
PCC indeed begins SCC play on Tuesday, March 5 when it hosts Los Angeles Harbor College in a 2 p.m. game.
[Photo--Bobby Fraijo makes a diving stop in the ninth inning of PCC's 9-1 loss to Oxnard Tuesday at Brookside Park, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]