News: Baseball Puts It Together In 9-5 Win Over LBCC
The Pasadena City College baseball team hit, pitched and fielded its way out of a 28-game, South Coast Conference losing streak dating back to last year on Saturday. The Lancers used a 15-hit attack, turned three double plays on defense, and relied on strong pitching by starter Zach Britt and reliever Jason Marquez to get back into the SCC win column in defeating Long Beach City College, 9-5, at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field.
It wasn't four score, but it was seven years ago that a PCC team last beat Long Beach, which had won 21 straight v. the Lancers since 2007. Pasadena (4-16 overall, 1-8 in SCC play) also snapped a 15-game home conference losing streak as well as a current overall 12-game losing slide.
Centerfielder PJ DeZotell and leftfielder Jimmy Cramer each batted 3-for-4 and combined for five of the team's seven stolen bases (three by DeZotell). Catcher Macrin Gallardo, who was a late addition to the starting lineup when regular starter Jason Clark was scratched with a jammed thumb, broke out of an 0-for-31 slump by collecting his first two collegiate hits and driving in two runs. Gallardo also gunned out two LBCC runners trying to steal.
PCC scored three runs in the first inning before Long Beach (8-12, 5-4 in SCC play) clawed back to cut it to 5-4 with three runs in the sixth. The Lancers bounced back with four runs in the bottom of the frame, including RBI singles by DH Nick Perez, Gallardo, and second baseman Kai Nakamura.
Britt hurled six innings, allowing just six hits, four earned runs and striking out three for his first win. Marquez earned the 3-inning save as he held LBCC to just three hits and no runs.
In the bottom of the first, the Lancers strung together four straight hits, including Gallardo's RBI liner just inside the rightfield line that made it 1-0. DeZotell and Nakamura (2-for-2, two walks) followed with run-scoring hits to up it to 3-0.
Perez batted 2-for-4 and rightfielder Steven San Miguel was 1-for-5 with two RBI. All of PCC's hits were singles.
"I'm so proud of the way the team went after it today," said PCC head coach Evan O'Meara. "It's been a tough stretch for us. The hitters woke up and finally gave our pitchers a lead to protect. Guys like Gallardo and Cramer stepped up for us. I hope the players enjoyed that great feeling that comes from winning today and want to duplicate that feeling some more."
PCC begins a 3-game series against Los Angeles Harbor College on Tuesday, Mar. 25 when it travels to Wilmington to face the Seahawks in a 2:30 p.m. conference start.
[Photo--Second baseman Kai Nakamura helps turn one of three double plays performed by the PCC infield Saturday in its the team's 9-5 win over Long Beach at Brookside Park, image by Richard Quinton.]
Release Date: 03/22/2014