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Titans Remain In First Place

Titans Remain In First Place imagePosted: 4/11/2008 10:05:00 AM

Tacoma, WA - The opportunity to take a commanding lead in the division playoff race was in their grasp, but it slipped away from the Western Division-leading Titans on Saturday. Despite dropping two of three games to Lower Columbia over the weekend, the Tacoma remain tied for first place in the NWAACC's Western Division. Both TCC and Lower Columbia are now 4-2 in conference play. Lower Columbia game into the weekend series ranked #3 in the NWAACC. The Titans were ranked #11.

Things started off with a bang for Tacoma at home on Saturday, with the Titans taking game one 4-2, behind a complete game effort from freshman hurler Evan Wilson. The young right-hander battled all game long and held on for his second win of the season. The Titans jumped out to an early 2-1 lead after the 1st inning and never looked back. They put up another un in the 2nd inning, and an insurance run in the 4th. Allan Bennett led the attack with three hits. Freshman Will McKenney added a pair of base hits as well.

The start was equally encouraging in Game 2, with the Titans jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the 5th inning. Sophomore Jesse Nunley held the Red Devils' bats in check in the early going and things were lining up perfectly for a doubleheader sweep and a 3-game division lead. Baseball can be a cruel game, however, and very quickly the fortunes were reversed and an unsatisfying split was the result. TCC gave up five runs in the 6th inning and never recovered, eventually losing 5-4. Diego Robles, a sophomore third baseman, was 3-3 on the game, including an RBI double in the 4th. Bennett added two more hits to run his total for the day to 5 total hits.

In Sunday's rubber match at Lower Columbia, the wind remained out of the Titan sales, and things got away from the club quickly. Starter Blake Webster hit the leadoff hitter who promptly stole second base. Webster then hung a two-strike pitch out over the plate and served up a double down the line for a quick 1-0 lead for LCC. The Tacoma bats were silent for far too long, going until the 6th inning without a hit. Bennett was once again the catalyst, as he followed up a Blake Nelson double with a single of his own, then stole second and came around to score on a 2-RBI base hit from Justin Thornton. In the end, though, the deficit was too much to overcome, and the Red Devils prevailed 7-2.

Lower Columbia and Tacoma are now tied atop the Western Division standing at 4-2. The two teams square off again on April 26 in Longview. TCC hosts Centralia and Grays Harbor at home this Saturday and Sunday. Game times for both days is 1:00 p.m.

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