MONTEREY PARK - 4/26/11 - The East Los Angeles College baseball team heads into the final week of the season looking to advance to the postseason.
The Huskies can improve their chances by winning a three-game series from Pasadena City College this week. The teams play today and Friday at Brookside Park in Pasadena, and square off Thursday at Cal State L.A. All three games are scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.
ELAC (19-13 overall) is 10-8 and two games out of first place in the South Coast Conference standings behind co-leaders Cerritos and Compton.
While the Huskies take on Pasadena (10-21 overall, 5-13 in the SCC), Cerritos (19-13, 12-6) will be playing three with Mt. San Antonio College (15-18, 9-9) and Compton (17-16, 12-6) will be locked up with El Camino (15-18, 7-11).
"If we take care of business, we should be in the playoffs even as a third place team," ELAC coach James Hines said. "We'll get in based on who we've played outside of our conference. We've played a good schedule."
The Huskies have won four of their past five games. They tuned up for Pasadena with nonconference victories over Fullerton, 10-3, and Riverside, 4-3, in 10 innings.
"We've been doing some pretty good things offensively," Hines said. "We were no-hit for five innings at Riverside, but we found a way to tie the score in the eighth and win it in extra innings."
A sacrifice fly ball by Arroyo High School product Austin McFarland scored Daniel Catalan in the 10th inning to lift the Huskies to the win against Riverside last Thursday. Catalan singled to start the rally and stole second base. He moved to third on a sacrifice by Arnold Banuelos.
McFarland drove in the tying run in the eighth with a double down the right field line after Banuelos had socked a two-run triple. Andy Salcido delivered a one-out single to start the rally and two-out single by Catalan kept it alive.
Gerardo Arias, who pitched three innings of scoreless relief, earned the victory. The Huskies started Calvin Chambers, who went four innings, before giving way to Jesse Silva. Julian Garcia pitched the eighth.
"It was a good victory for us," Hines said. "Riverside always has a good team and plays in a good conference."
The loss left Riverside with a record of 20-14.
In the Huskies' win against Fullerton, starting pitcher Jose Medina worked six innings to get the victory. Catalan stroked three hits and scored three runs and Ricardo Arias had two hits, including a triple.