News: Speed Helps Baseball To 6-3 Win
It was a harmless hit, or so it seemed. In the second inning, with runners on second and third and two outs, Pasadena City College baseball team leftfielder Kori Grant hit a short pop that fell about 30 feet from home plate. The speedy Grant beat out the throw to first by Cerro Coso pitcher Roberto Hernandez for an infield single. In the process rightfielder Anthony Martinez crossed the plate from third followed moments later by hustling centerfielder Charles Smith, who scored all the way from second base.
Grant's world shortest 2-RBI single was part of the team's energized baserunning that also resulted in seven stolen bases as the Lancers stopped a nine-game losing streak, defeating Cerro Coso, 6-3, Wednesday. The non-conference game was played at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.
PCC improved to 4-19 overall while Cerro Coso had its own losing streak reach nine games and falling to 3-20. Lancers' sophomore right-hander Evan Stransky held a shutout through seven innings, and picked up his second victory (2-4). Stransky scattered nine hits, allowed one run, walked two and struck out five in 7-1/3 innings. Stransky lowered his team-leading ERA to 3.20 in 45 innings of work.
Martinez added a RBI single in the third and shortstop Josh Clark doubled in a run in the eighth. Catcher Cameron Silva batted 2-for-5 while Grant (pictured) and reserve CF Angelo Robledo each stole two bases.
"We were aggressive on the basepaths, and it resulted in runs," said PCC head coach Evan O'Meara. "Stransky shut them down and he's put together a fine season thus far. It was just nice for the players and coaches to get back in the win column."
On Tuesday, host Fullerton routed the Lancers, 11-1. First baseman David Halstead went 2-for-4 while Silva knocked in PCC's lone run in the first on a basehit.
On March 23 at Brookside Park, East Los Angeles College completed a 3-game, South Coast Conference sweep over the Lancers, 10-4. In that game, ELAC winning pitcher Elias Novelo hurled eight shutout innings and allowed only four hits. In the ninth, PCC scored all of its runs, including RBI singles by second baseman Aaron Correa and pinch hitter David Kalendarian. Third baseman Bobby Fraijo went 2-for-4. Reliever Spencer Stute twirled six innings, allowing three earned runs, but had a stretch of four consecutive scoreless frames. Stute holds a 3.07 conference ERA in 14-2/3 innings.
After 23 games, Halstead, a sophomore and returning All-SCC Second Team selection, is the Lancers' leading hitter with a .313 batting average, and a .375 mark in nine SCC contests.
PCC plays at Ventura College in a non-conference game Thursday, March 28. First pitch is 2 p.m.
Release Date: 03/27/2013