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Titans Sweep Shoreline

Titans Sweep Shoreline  imagePosted: 3/14/2008 10:21:00 AM

Tacoma, WA - Following a brutal 6-games in 3 days road trip this past weekend, the Tacoma Titans needed a breakout effort to get their feet back underneath them, build some confidence back up, and perhaps sleep in their own beds for a change. They got the trifecta on Wednesday, albeit in somewhat excruciating fashion, by holding off the Shoreline Dolphins 9-8 and 12-11 at Minnitti Field.
Through the first ten games of the young season, the Titans had not been able to put all the pieces together for an entire game, losing by an average of less than two runs per game against an incredibly tough preseason schedule. Wednesday the same story played out, except that this time Tacoma was able to muster the strength to fend off the scrappy Dolphins and pull out two wins, even when they were not playing their best baseball.

Game 1 started out on the right foot for TCC, as they put up eight runs through the first four innings, including five in the 2nd inning alone. Starting pitcher Blake Webster did not have his best command, but still managed to limit Shoreline to just four runs in his four innings of work. He yielded to a slew of TCC relievers who, for the most part, continued to hold the Dolphins in check - that is until the 8th inning. Shoreline scored four times in the frame to even the score at 8-8. The scramble was on.

In the bottom of the 11th, centerfielder Allan Bennett walked to lead off the inning, then stole second base. He advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Jesse Stokke. The Dolphins then intentionally walked sophomore shortstop Todd Muecklisch to set up a double play situation. The bases were loaded one batter later when Justin Thornton was plunked in the back. That brought up Danny Myers. The sophomore outfielder from Tumwater wasted no time in finishing the game off in dramatic fashion, as he drove the second pitch of the at bat to deep center field to drive in the Bennett and the winning run. Myers was 2-5 on the game. Sophomore 3rd baseman Diego Robles provided the big blast in the game, swatting a 3-run home run to right field in the 2nd inning. Alex Seymour finished with three hits and two runs scored. Bennett also swiped three bases in the contest. Christian Faria picks up the win in relief, after tossing a scoreless 11th.

Game 2 was no less dramatic, and even more of a good old fashioned shootout. The Titans dug themselves an enormous first-inning hole by spotting the Dolphins five runs in the top of the 1st inning. Starter Jacob Rose quickly got the first two batters out, but then just as quickly lost his command of the strike zone. Rose walked eight straight hitters at that point, before being relieved by freshman Dan Lauritzen, who struck out the final batter of the inning. The Titans answered back in the bottom half of the first with two of their own, then five runs in the 2nd inning to take a 7-6 lead. The Titans extended the lead to 8-6 after the 3rd inning, but gave it right back in the 4th to square the game at 8 all. With darkness looming, Tacoma went to work in their half of the 4th inning, pounding out four runs on three hits to take back the lead at 12-9. Freshman Evan Wilson, on his scheduled bullpen day, came on in the top of the 5th inning to try and close the door on the Dolphins and make it an official game. He made it interesting by quickly getting the first two hitters out and then surrendering three straight hits, but he did his job and walked away with his first career college save. Matt Gomes and Brett Bielec, both freshmen, were the offensive stars for the Titans, with Gomes collecting three hits and three RBI, while Bielec rapped out a pair of singles and also scored twice.

Tacoma (4-8) travels to Gresham, OR to take on Mt Hood and Edmonds this weekend. Conference play begins on March 29 at home vs Green River.

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