News: Baseball Rallies Twice, But Not Enough In 6-5 Loss
The South Coast Conference record reads 1-3 for the Pasadena City College baseball team, but, in four games, the Lancers have been in a position to win all of them. Despite putting together rallies in the sixth and ninth innings, PCC fell short in a 6-5 loss to El Camino College Tuesday at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.
Against El Camino (9-8, 3-1 in SCC play), the Lancers trailed 3-0 before stringing five straight singles together during a 4-run sixth inning to take a 4-3 lead. In the ninth, trailing 6-4, PCC seemed prime to pull out a comeback win.
Shortstop Josh Clark reached on a shortstop error and catcher Cameron Silva singled to open the Lancers' final frame. First baseman David Halstead, who batted 3-for-5, followed with a RBI single to right center that sent Silva to third as the potential game-tying run.
With no outs, El Camino closer Collin Nelson worked his way out of the jam. Nelson got PCC rightfielder Anthony Martinez to hit a short flyout to right holding Silva at third. Then, PCC tried a squeeze bunt by second baseman Tyler Dominguez, but the ball was fielded by Warriors' third baseman Rex Calkins, who gunned out Silva on a fielder's choice at home plate. The Lancers still had the tying run in scoring position, now at second base in pinch runner Jamie La Pointe. Nelson then picked up his third save as he induced PCC designated hitter Tarik El Abour to ground out to second for the final out, preserving ECC's victory.
"It's frustrating," said PCC head coach Evan O'Meara. "The team is so close to realizing it can win. But we keep shooting ourselves in the foot. We just can't seem to move runners over when we need to, and we are not getting quality at bats when the game is on the line. All we can do is hope that we get better at executing on offense."
PCC (3-13 overall) is 2-5 this season in games decided by one run with six of those contests played at home.
Lancers' freshman pitching ace Tim Shiba (1-2) took the loss although he left the game with runners on base and tied 4-4 in the top of the seventh. The freshman knuckleballer allowed 11 hits over six innings, allowing five runs (three earned). Reliever Spencer Stute hurled three innings of 1-hit ball, although he allowed a sacrifice fly to Sean Issac in the seventh that gave El Camino the lead for good at 5-4.
Dominguez, El Abour, and centerfielder Angelo Robledo all had two hits in a 13-hit PCC attack. Unfortunately for the Lancers, they left 11 on base (El Camino stranded 13) and none of the hits were for extra bases.
After 16 games, Halstead, a returning All-SCC Second Team selection, leads the team with a .350 batting average while Shiba has a 3.13 ERA and sophomore Evan Stransky a 3.28 ERA in a combined 61 innings of work.
In the four SCC games, PCC is outhitting opponents, .312 to .304, and has a better ERA, 4.37 to 5.09. However, opponents have made less errors, 5 to the Lancers' 12, and pitchers have allowed less walks, 12 to 21 given up PCC hurlers.
The 3-game series continues Thursday, March 14 in a 2:30 p.m. first pitch at El Camino in Torrance. The Saturday, March 16 finale is also at ECC, beginning at 12 noon.
[Photo--Angelo Robledo, a freshman outfielder whose father also played at PCC, makes the running catch on this ball during the Lancers' loss to El Camino Tuesday at Brookside Park, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 03/13/2013