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Titans Headed to the Playoffs for 2nd Straight Season

Titans Headed to the Playoffs for 2nd Straight Season imagePosted: 5/16/2007 11:53:00 AM

Tacoma outscored its opponents 45-17 over that same stretch. They will travel to Green River on Saturday to begin a 3-game series to determine the West's #2 seed into the NWAACC Tournament. Scheduled starters for the Titans are:
- Game 1: Dan Cox
- Game 2: Jesse Nunley
- Game 3 (if necessary): Keith Young

Auburn, WA - Tacoma headed into the weekend needing to sweep in order to secure the 2nd spot in league, and they got things started off with a bang, pounding Green River 8-0 in the first game of their doubleheader on Saturday, May 12. The game was tight most of the way, but the Titans broke things open in the top of the 7th with 6 runs to pull away convincingly.

The Hawaii Pacific-bound Cox was absolutely masterful on the mound for Tacoma, allowing just 4 hits over 7 innings of work. He walked only one while striking out 6. Justin Thornton and Jesse Stokke each collected 2 hits in the game, but Diego Robles was the offensive star, as his 3-run home run in the 7th was the big blow for the Titans.

Game 2 was another nail-biter, with Green river eventually claiming the win in 10 innings. Tied 3-3 after 5 innings, the two teams exchanged rallies to bring things back to even heading into the final inning. Jake Valentine singled home Anthony Dallosto and Young to tie the game in the top of the 8th. Valentine at this point was also the pitcher of record, having relieved starter Jesse Nunley after 6 innings. He is credited with the hard-luck loss, despite working 4 terrific innings, his long outing of the year. After getting two quick outs in that 10th inning, Valentine gave up a single and then hit the next Gator batter to put the winning run in scoring position. Green River then dropped a sinking liner just beyond the outstretched glove of the diving centerfielder Allan Bennett for the game winner.

Centralia, WA - Tacoma exploded for 27 runs on Sunday afternoon against Centralia, pounding out 26 hits in the process of winning 14-0 and 13-5, respectively. Neither game was in question from the start.

Jacob Rose took the ball in Game 1, and gave the Titans 5 strong innings. He was followed in relief by Jumpei Okada, a freshman from Japan, who also shutout the Trailblazers.

Ryan Maynes was an absolute offensive force on the day, going 4-6 in the two games and scoring 4 runs. Robles chipped in with 3 hits of his own on the afternoon.

Brandon Wiese was credited with the win in Game 2, tallying 5 innings pitched and allowing just 1 run, while striking out 3.

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