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Titans Pick Up First Conference Win

Posted: 4/18/2007 12:11:00 PM

Tacoma, WA - The Tacoma Titans picked up their first conference win by defeating Pierce College on Saturday 6-5 at Minnitti Field. TCC erased a 5 run deficit to take the first game of the afternoon's doubleheader. Sophomore lefty Dan Cox pitched valiantly for 6 innings, before yielding to closer BA Garner, who picked up the win. Cox scattered 8 hits and 5 walks, but did not factor in the decision, as the game was tied at 5 when he departed.

Pierce jumped out early to a 5-0 advantage after 2 innings, but the young Titans rallied for 2 runs in the 3rd, 1 in the 4th, and then 2 more in the 6th to pull even heading into the final frame.

Freshman centerfielder Allan Bennett led off the bottom of the 7th and final inning with a double down the right field line to get things started for Tacoma. Seth Drake executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance Bennett over to 3rd base with just one out. Sophomore Keith Young then promptly smacked a 1-1 fastball into left field to bring home Bennett and give the Titans a hard-fought victory. Bennett was 2 for 4 on the game. Diego Robles, Todd Muecklisch, and Jesse Stokke each had 2 hits as well.

Game 2 on Saturday did not go as well for the Titans. Young got the start on the mound but did not last long, surrendering 5 earned runs in just 3 innings of work. Freshman Brandon Wiese followed, eating up 3 1/3 more innings, but did allow 4 more runs. At this point, Tacoma's youngsters seemed out of gas, with the offense managing to muster just 3 runs, eventually falling 10-3.

Sunday's scheduled home game for Pierce turned into another home game for Tacoma, as Pierce could not secure a field to play on, so it was decided that both teams would simply return to Minnitti Field, with Pierce acting as the home team on the scoreboard. Unfortunately, the Titans were too good of hosts, handing the visiting Raiders 6 runs, enroute to a 6-3 defeat. A 3-run 4th inning was the difference, as start Titan starter Jacob Rose led off the inning with two straight walks, both of whom eventually scored in the inning. Rose had pitched well up to that point, but did not make it out of that inning, handing the ball over to Wiese once again. Freshman 1st baseman Danny Myers blasted his first home run of the season in the 8th inning, and 2nd baseman Justin Thornton recorded two hits on the day, but no other Titan hitter had more than 1 base hit.

Tacoma returns to action this coming weekend, as they travel to Grays Harbor on Saturday for a doubleheader matchup with the Chokers. Game time is set for 1pm. The Titans return home on Sunday to face the Gators of Green River for two games starting at 1pm as well.

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