News: Baseball Sweeps Twinbill Over Cerro Coso, 9-5, 5-4
Steven San Miguel's walk-off, 2-RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning capped a banner day for the Pasadena City College baseball team as it swept a doubleheader over Cerro Coso, 9-5 and 5-4, Saturday at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.
The Lancers improved to 3-4 overall and accomplished their first doubleheader sweep since 2009 when PCC opened that year with two wins over Antelope Valley College. Cerro Coso is winless this season at 0-6.
San Miguel, the team's freshman leadoff lefty hitter and rightfielder, completed his fourth straight 2-hit game of the week with a drive to right field that scored Arnaldo Limon and Jimmy Cramer for the tying and winning runs. Pinch runner Joseph Magdaleno scored on a wild pitch earlier in the inning as PCC scored three runs in its final frame.
Knuckleball sophomore reliever Tim Shiba, who gave up an unearned run on two hits in the top of the ninth, picked up the pitching victory. Starting pitcher Zach Britt threw well, allowing only three hits and two runs over 5-1/3 innings as did reliever Andy Velarde, who hurled two shutout innings. On offense, centerfielder PJ DeZotell, the SoCal Player of the Week a week ago, went 3-for-4, including a 2-RBI single to left in the sixth inning. Sophomore shortstop Bobby Fraijo batted 2-for-4.
In game 1, DeZotell highlighted a 5-run, second inning for the Lancers with a bases-clearing double that gave PCC a 5-2 lead. Cramer added a RBI triple while designated hitter Nick Perez and San Miguel each collected two hits. The offense supported an outstanding start by sophomore right-hander Brian Cuiriz, who allowed seven hits and three runs over seven innings for the mound triumph.
Magdaleno pitched the final two innings, allowing two unearned runs to finish the contest.
"Plenty of good things to build on from the two wins," said PCC head coach Evan O'Meara. "We had timely hits, good starting pitching, and for the most part our defense did its job. Both DeZotell and San Miguel are carrying the offense right now, but we have other hitters who we expect to get in gear soon."
DeZotell had five RBI in the doubleheader and leads the team with a .385 batting average.
The Lancers rebounded from a pair of losses earlier in the week at Oxnard College, a 5-2 defeat on February 4 and a 9-0 setback on Friday afternoon.
On Tuesday, Feb. 11, PCC is back at Robinson Field to play Los Angeles Mission in a 2 p.m. first pitch.
[Combo Photo--On top, Brian Cuiriz helped pitch the team to a 9-5 win in the opener and at the bottom, the Lancers swarm Steven San Miguel in celebration of his walk-off double to close out the 5-4 win in the nightcap at Brookside Park, images created by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 02/09/2014