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News: City Of Lancaster Still Tonic For Baseball

There's something about playing in Lancaster that brings out the best in the Pasadena City College baseball team. For the fifth opening-season trip to Antelope Valley College in the last six years (rained out in 2010), the Lancers beat the host Marauders for the team's first win of the season on Friday. PCC's 9-6 triumph ended the program's 14-game losing streak dating back to last season. 

The Lancers are 8-3 against AVC in all meetings dating back to 2009. And the teams will again meet today (February 1) at the Mauraders on-campus diamond. Game time is 12 noon.

PCC (1-1 overall) collected 13 hits, including a 3-for-5 afternoon by letterman shortstop Bobby Fraijo. Sophomore catcher Jason Clark batted 2-for-4 with two RBI while freshman centerfielder PJ DeZotell has a pair of 2-hit games in his first two collegiate contests, including a 2-RBI triple in the ninth inning. Frosh rightfielder Steven San Miguel was 2-for-5 with a RBI double in the seventh. First-year second baseman Eric Grajeda drew four walks and scored three runs.

The Lancers led 9-3 but AVC mounted a rally in the bottom of the ninth. With the bases loaded and the tying run on first base, PCC head coach Evan O'Meara called on sophomore left-hander Jeffrey Cortez. The 6-foot-5 hurler induced Marauders' designated hitter Dalton Weber to ground into the final out at first base to pick up the save.

Lancers' starting pitcher Jason Marquez recovered from allowing three runs in the first inning by throwing four straight shutout, no-hit frames to earn the mound victory. Marquez gave up three hits, four walks and struck out three overall. Sophomore reliever Tim Shiba would shut the door for the next three innings (only one hit)  before being touched for three runs in the ninth.

Release Date: 02/01/2014
Contact: Robert Lewis , Sports Information
Phone: (626) 585-7018
Email: rmlewis@pasadena.edu