News: Flores Pitches Well, But Irvine Tops Baseball, 5-3
Freshman reliever John Flores took advantage of his first start on the hill this season Tuesday, but his efforts couldn't stop the Pasadena City College baseball team from coming up short against visiting Irvine Valley, 5-3, in a non-conference game. The contest was played at Brookside Park's Jackie Robinson Memorial Field and appropriately on the 67th anniversary of PJC alumnus and MLB Hall of Famer Robinson breaking the color barrier in professional baseball with his rookie appearance for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The Lancers (4-26) lost their 10th straight game despite a 10-hit attack and a strong outing by Flores (0-1 from El Rancho High), who hurled 7-1/3 innings, allowing just two earned runs (four overall). His previous nine appearances were all in a short relief role. He scattered 10 hits and kept IVC's batters off balance. Nearly half of the Lasers' hits were infield singles.
PCC couldn't solve Irvine starter Jeremy Ibarra, who went the complete-game distance, scattering 10 hits and also allowing just two earned runs. Ibarra walked no one and struck out six. Irvine improved to 9-23 on the season.
For the Lancers, shortstop Bobby Fraijo was 1-for-5 with two RBI, including a shot double to right center. Both first baseman John Sevilla and third baseman Eric Grajeda went 2-for-4. Centerfielder PJ DeZotell drove in a run with a fourth-inning single.
Last week, El Camino College-Compton Center swept a 3-game series v. the Lancers, winning 13-2 (April 8), 2-1 (April 10) and 9-8 (April 12). In the opening defeat at Brookside, rightfielder Arnaldo Limon went 2-for-3 and reserve outfielder Dylan Kicken slugged a triple. Sophomore lefty reliever Jeffrey Cortez hurled three innings of 3-hit shutout ball with three strikeouts.
In game 2, a fourth-inning RBI single by sophomore second baseman Kai Nakamura gave PCC a 1-0 lead. PCC starter Brian Cuiriz was brilliant, allowing only one run over seven innings (scattering seven hits) and striking out four. Compton won the game in walk-off style in the bottom of the ninth as Tartars' DH Martin Teague ripped a game-winning RBI double off reliever Ryan Reyes. Sevilla batted 2-for-3 and DeZotell hit a triple.
The finale was a harder heartbreaker for the Lancers, who led 8-1 after six innings at their home diamond. Compton rallied for six runs in the top of the seventh and two more in the eighth thanks to a wild pitch and a passed ball that scored the tying and winning runs. In the loss, catcher Macrin Gallardo (two RBI), Fraijo (two RBI and a double), DeZotell, Limon, and Nakamura all collected two hits.
PCC hosts Ventura in a non-conference game Wednesday, April 16 (2 p.m.) and then travels to play Irvine Valley on Thursday, April 17 (also at 2 p.m.). The Lancers will play a 3-game series against Mt. San Antonio next week to close the South Coast Conference and regular season.
[Photo--John Flores hurls a pitch in his outing v. Irvine Valley on Tuesday, image by Richard Quinton, sports information photographer.]
Release Date: 04/16/2014