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Titans Host Olympic in Home Opener

Posted: 3/7/2007 2:35:00 PM

Tacoma, WA - The Titans opened up the 2007 home schedule with a doubleheader versus the Olympic College Rangers on Tuesday, March 6. The Rangers came into the game 0-2 on the season, after dropping a pair of games to Green River over the weekend. Tacoma entered the contest 1-2, after taking home the 2nd place trophy at the WSU Palouse College Classic in Pullman, WA on Sunday. TCC nabbed game one with a hard-fought 7-4 victory, while the nightcap was suspended due to darkness after 7 innings, with the score tied at 6 apiece.

Minnitti Field could not have been a more perfect place for baseball on Tuesday afternoon. With Mt Rainier towering in the background, and the sun shining brightly, the fans enjoyed a terrific day at the ballpark. Unfortunately for the Titans, the play on the field was not quite as sparkling. "Our offense really sputtered all day. We left 22 men on base in the two games. You don't have to be Joe Torre to realize that's not very good," said Head Coach Donegal Fergus. "Our pitching struggled to find the strike zone consistently enough as well. We threw ourselves into some bad counts and paid the price all afternoon. We're going to have to go back to the practice field and keep working on these things."

Jacob Rose got the win in the opener, the first of his college career. He managed 5 1/3 innings on the mound, allowing 3 runs. Fellow freshmen Brandon Wiese and Jesse Nunley followed out of the bullpen, along with sophomores Jake Valentine and BA Garner. Garner pitched the ninth to pick up his first save of the season, after recording 12 a year ago, en-route to an All-NWAACC First Team selection. 3 Titans notched 2 hits each - freshmen Diego Robles and Justin Thornton, as well as sophomore Seth Drake.

Game 2 signalled the arrival of the Far East into the TCC Baseball landscape. Jumpei Okada, a native of Japan, toed the rubber to start, going 2 innings and allowing 5 runs on 6 hits. Brad Passino entered in relief of Okada, and gave Tacoma 4 1/3 innings of productive mound work. Garner once again trotted out of the pen to try and close out another Titan victory, but with darkness encroaching quickly, ran into a little bad luck. A chalk-drawing, bloop double down the right field line, followed by an error allowed the Rangers to tie the score at 6, his first blown save as a Titan. In the bottom half of the inning, TCC bats stayed silent, and the game was halted due to darkness. Offensively, stranded runners were again the name of the game for Tacoma. Despite 10 hits, including 4 players with multiple hits, the Titans were only able to push 6 runs across the plate. Drake once again had two hits, as did freshmen Allan Bennett, Alex Seymour, and Anthony Dallosto.

Tacoma is back on the road this weekend, as they once again head east. Saturday's twinbill pits them against the Timberwolves of Blue Mountain CC, while Sunday's contests features the defending NWAACC Champs, the Columbia Basin Hawks. Game time is set for noon on both days.

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