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TCC Sweeps Grays Harbor, Moves Into 2nd In The West

TCC Sweeps Grays Harbor, Moves Into 2nd In The West imagePosted: 4/25/2013 11:09:00 AM

Tacoma, WA- The Titans opened up its fourth consecutive conference series vs. Grays Harbor. The Titans coming into the series were (19-7) overall with an (8-4) conference record. Grays Harbor coming into the series were (6-22) overall with an (4-7) conference record. After having back to back weeks of rescheduling games due to weather and the Hall of fame dinner the series kicked off on a nice sunny Saturday.


In game one Mitch McQueen was on the hill for the Titans. McQueen caught fire early and rode a scoreless game into the sixth inning. While McQueen was dealing early the bats came ready to go in the first part of the game as well. Five Titans had a multiple hit game with DH Jon Reece having the standout game going two for two, adding two runs batted in and two walks. However, Grays Harbor did a nice job of staying in the game and getting to McQueen in the sixth inning with a three run inning. McQueen would go seven solid innings giving him another quality start while striking out eight. McQueen received a no decision from the outing due to a four run eighth inning tying the game at seven to seven. For the third straight game the Titans played extra innings. Reliever Brandon Choate would hold the game until the Titans struck in the tenth with a Ben Circeo sac-fly to right field scoring Austin Johnson on a bang-bang play at the plate. Choate received the win, his first of the year also adding four strike outs in his three innings of work.


Game two saw another early explosion of offense for the Titans. In the second inning the Titans scored five runs on four hits. Evan Peterson was a big part of that plating two men with his two RBI single over second base. Seth Heck and Jordan Woodring both had solid days at the plate going three for four a piece. South Paw Joey Gamache wouldn't need much help from there on out. After getting out of a first inning jam, Gamache would settle in nicely and allow only one run on six innings while striking out four. In Gamache's last four outings he has gone 24 innings allowing only three earned runs and striking out 26 batters. The offense would not be done on the day as they would add five more runs over the next four innings. In the game the Titans collected twelve hits and four walks. Reliever Mike Gould came in the seventh to shut the door and after loading the bases Gould managed to surrender no runs while striking out one.


Both games three and four were played at the historic Olympic Stadium in Hoquiam, WA. Freshman Patrick Bernard took the hill for the Titans in his third start of the year. Bernard managed the game nicely starting the game with six scoreless frames and finishing with a line of eight innings pitched three earned runs and four strike outs. As solid as Patrick's outing was, it was not the headline for the game. The eruption of offense for the Titans lead the way in game three. Freshman outfielder Austin Johnson got the ball rolling with a blistering homerun to left field in the top of the first, making the score 2-0 early in the game. Not to be outdone, catcher Jake Ross stepped to the plate in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and would clear them with his own moon shot that hit the scoreboard in left field. Johnson, Ross and Woodring all had three hits in game three, with Ross collecting five runs batted in. Mike Gould would close the game out in the ninth surrendering no hits and striking out a batter. The Titans took game three 12-3 and improved their conference record to (11-4).


Game four saw a lot more of the same from game three. Right from the gate the offense picked up where it left off scoring eight runs in the first inning, bouncing Grays Harbor starter, Tyler Busch, from the game. Connor Cloyd would lead the offense in the game going (2-3) with three runs batted in and his first colligate homerun to right center. However in a game that was dominated by the Titan offense pitcher Lukas Hinton would be the story of the game with his efficient pitching performance. Hinton would need just 52 pitches over five innings for his second complete game of the year and his first shutout. Hinton struck out two batters and faced only one batter over the minimum. The win takes Hinton's record to (4-0) on the season and the Titans conference record to (12-4) and (23-7) overall.


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