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Nunley Fires No-Hitter to Down Blue Mountain

Posted: 3/13/2007 1:48:00 PM

Pendleton, OR - "Welcome to college baseball son." In his first career collegiate start, Tacoma freshman Jesse Nunley tossed a no-hit shutout of the Blue Mountain Timberwolves in their home yard, leading the Titans to a 12-0 pasting of BMCC. The 5'10" righthander from Orting, WA allowed just 2 baserunners, both on walks. He also fanned 9 opposing batters. "He was pretty darn good today," TCC head coach Donegal Fergus said of Nunley. "That's not a bad way to begin your pitching career, especially for a converted outfielder. He had impressed our staff early on this season with his performances so far out of the bullpen and we decided to give him a chance to start. Shows how smart I am - waiting until the 7th game of the year to do it." Nunley's commanding day on the mound wasn't the only highlight of the afternoon, as three more freshmen contributed to the Titan onslaught. 3rd baseman Diego Robles, shortstop Todd Muecklisch, and 2nd baseman Justin Thornton all blasted homeruns for Tacoma, with Thornton's a 3-run shot that banged off the right field light tower. Muecklish also had a double and 3 runs scored for the game.

Game one of the twinbill versus Blue Mountain was not as rosy for Tacoma, as the hosts pounded out a 13-5 victory. "We were not ready to play in that first game and in this conference you get slapped around when that happens," Fergus said of his club. "We're a young team and our record certainly is indicative of that youth. We are Jekkyl and Hyde right now. I'm still waiting for us to put together a solid performance for two straight games." Things started out looking okay for TCC, as they managed to push a run across in the top half of the first inning, but things went downhill from there, as Blue Mountain responded with 5 runs of their own in the bottom half. Freshman Jeremy Dunham absorbed the loss, surrendering 7 runs on 9 hits through 5 innings of work. Offensively, the Titans did manage to bang out 8 hits, but never broke through, stranding 9 runners on the game. Freshman catcher Anthony Dallosto led the way with 2 hits, 1 RBI, and a run scored.

Sunday was another psychzophrenic day for the Titans, as they split a doubleheader with defending NWAACC champs Columbia Basin. Sophomore ace Dan Cox got the start in game one, but was not his usual sharp self, walking 6 Hawk hitters, along with 8 hits. "Dan just had one of those days where he struggled with his command," Fergus said of Cox. "When you get behind in the count to good hitters, it's tough to come out unscathed. We'll get back to work this week at practice and focus on some mechanical things - try and get this straightened out. He'll be fine." Tacoma struggled offensively as well, scraping together just two runs, both in the late innings, but dropped the game 6-2.

Sophomore Keith Young was just the remedy TCC needed in the nightcap, as he held down the CBC hitters for 8 full innings. He scattered 8 hits and 4 walks, but managed to wiggle out of every jam he got himself into. Closer BA Garner entered in the 9th and preserved the 3-2 victory for his 2nd save of the season. The Titan hitters once again battled to capitalize on scoring opportunities, leaving 17 runners on base in the game, but did just enough in the end to squeeze out the win. Thornton, Bennett, and Muecklisch were the catalysts offensively, all with 2 hits apiece. Thornton was on base 4 times in all, while Muecklisch also reached base 4 times, with a single and a triple to go along with 2 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Said Fergus of Muecklisch: "Todd has a chance to be a special player, no doubt a Division I player if he can continue to mature and progress with his skills. He has all the tools - he can run, he's got a great arm, and he flat out hits. Focus is his biggest issue. He needs to make the commitment to dedicate himself to the game and his own potential, and if he can keep hi

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