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Tough Weekend For the Titans

Tough Weekend For the Titans imagePosted: 5/2/2007 11:07:00 AM

Lakewood, WA & Tacoma, WA - After a sizzling two-week stretch, in which they reeled off 7 straight wins to pull into a tie for 2nd place in the Western Division standings, the Tacoma Titans finally stumbled, splitting a doubleheader with Pierce College on Saturday, and dropping both games against Lower Columbia on Sunday. "We did not play well this weekend," according to Head Coach Donegal Fergus. "We reverted to our bad habits - that is walking too many guys and not playing solid defense behind our pitchers. You're going to get beat more often than not when you combine those two factors."

Pierce broke open the scoring in the bottom of the 3rd inning off of Tacoma starter Keith Young with the help of two hit batsmen in the inning, the second of which came with the bases loaded. Tacoma answered right back in the top of the 4th with 3 runs of their own. Freshman Todd Muecklisch got things going by scoring on Young's single to left. After drawing a walk, Danny Myers came home on Diego Robles' RBI groundout. Catcher Anthony Dallosto drove home the final run of the inning with a triple to plate Young.

The Titans took the lead for good in the 5th with another 3-run inning. Centerfielder Allan Bennett got things rolling with a leadoff double, then came scampering home on a Jesse Stokke single. Stokke waltzed home two batters later when Muecklisch blasted a triple into the gap. Myers then promptly drove a deep fly ball to center for a sacrifice fly, as Muecklisch scored easily from third base.

The Raiders did not go quietly however. In the bottom half of the 6th they loaded the bases with just one out for Keola Rubin. Rubin smacked a ball over the head of left fielder Ryan Maynes, who had just come into the game as a defensive replacement. It appeared as though the game would be tied at this point, but Maynes quickly gathered the ball and fired a strike to cutoff man Muecklisch, who fired a bullet of his own to Dallosto at home plate to just beat the runner trying to score from first, thus preserving the Titans' lead. Closer BA Garner came on and got the final out of the inning, as well as shutting down Pierce in the 7th for his 7th save of the season.

Game 2 started out poorly for Tacoma, and did not get any better. "We came out flatter than the bill on Coach Rakowski's hat," said Fergus. "We stunk. Three errors in the first two innings led directly to 4 Pierce runs. We never recovered." Pierce indeed led 4-0 after two full innings and never looked back, eventually winning 6-1.

The lone Tacoma run came in the top of the 6th when Justin Thornton banged a double off the right field wall to drive in Stokke, who had reached earlier on a fielder's choice.

Lower Columbia came to town on Sunday for two at Minnitti Field. They entered the game ranked number one on the NWAACC and they showed why by beating the Titans 6-3 and 10-0. "We were excellent hosts today. We got them water and ice, and even gave them a bunch of runs," quipped Fergus. "We could not have been more gracious."

Tacoma actually led 2-0 heading into the top of the 5th inning behind the strong starting pitching of sophomore Dan Cox. Cox, who is signed to play for Hawaii Pacific University next fall, had allowed only one hit up to that point. But a leadoff single, a passed ball, a walk, and a hit batter loaded the bases for LCC. A sacrifice fly and a single later, and the score was tied.

Tacoma had taken the early lead in the 3rd when Robles launched a 1-1 offering off the scoreboard in left for his 3rd homerun of the season. Myers scored the Titan's second run of the game the very next inning via a Young double.

The big blow for TCC game in the 7th. With the score tied at 2-2, Cox walked the leadoff hitter for Lower Columbia. After a sac bunt Cox plunked the next hitter. Fergus then brought in Garner to close it out, but LCC's Lyndon Esti

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