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TCC 2-Week Recap

TCC 2-Week Recap imagePosted: 5/4/2008 11:47:00 PM

Tacoma, WA - After shooting up the NWAACC polls to #6 ranking, and holding at least a share of first place from the first pitch of the conference schedule, the Tacoma Titans put together two starkly different weekends and now have some ground to make up in the division. TCC clubbed its way to four straight wins against local rival Pierce College, collecting thirty four hits and twenty six runs in the three game series. The offense wasn't the only thing, however, that the Western Division-leading Titans showcased against the Raiders. The pitching staff handcuffed Pierce to the tune of five runs in three games. "Our young staff really stepped up and showed the potential we saw in them as high schoolers. I am excited about their futures," said Head Coach Donegal Fergus. The wins kept the Titans securely in first place in the NWAACC Western Division, a one-game lead on Lower Columbia College. Last weekend, however, was not so productive for Tacoma. After travelling to Auburn and dispatching hard-throwing right-hander Christian Scholl and the Green River Gators 6-4 in game one of their Saturday doubleheader, TCC fell asleep in the second contest and lost 8-3. The wheels kept wobbling the next day down in Longview against Lower Columbia, where the Titans handed out thirteen walks and added a hit batter for good measure in the opener, which allowed LCC to maximize just six base hits and grab an 11-2 victory. The nightcap was different, but no better. Five errors led directly to nine runs and the Titan bats could only muster one run in a 9-1 defeat. The losses dropped Tacoma to 12-5 in conference, two games back of Lower Columbia.

Game 1 vs Pierce - Todd Muecklisch started the second inning rally off by getting plunked and that was promptly followed up by four straight hits from his teammates. Diego Robles, Justin Thornton and Will McKenney all singled, while Alex Seymour stretched his base hit into a double. The Titans never looked back from that 3-0 lead, adding two more runs in the third inning, and one in the fifth. Robles was 3-4 on the game, with two runs scored and two RBI. McKenney also collected two RBI. Freshman Evan Wilson went the distance on the mound for TCC, allowing just one run on four hits, while fanning seven to earn the win.

Game 2 vs Pierce - Things looked troubling in the first for Tacoma, as Pierce posted two runs courtesy of a walk and a home run, but a late rally kept the Titans in the win column. Robles launched a three-run bomb in the top of the sixth to put TCC back on top 4-2. They added three more insurance runs in the seventh and earned a hard-fought 7-2 victory. Danny Myers racked up three hits in the contest, including an RBI-double in the seventh. Jesse Stokke added two RBI of his own. Tacoma got another complete game performance from its starting pitcher in this one, as sophomore Jesse Nunley checked Pierce on six hits, while striking out nine Raider hitters.

Game 3 vs Pierce - The Titans wasted no time in hammering the Raiders in the weekend finale, putting up a four-spot in the bottom of the first inning on Sunday. Anthony Dallosto reached on error, then Stokke slapped a base hit into right field. Robles wiped Dallosto off the bases but reached himself on a fielder's choice to the third baseman. Muecklisch followed all that with his third homerun of the year, a laser-shot to left field to put TCC up 3-0. Not to be outdone, McKenney followed immediately with a light-tower shot of his own to pump the score to 4-0. The Titans were not done with the big blasts, however, as Myers added his two cents in the fourth. He was 3-5 on the afternoon, with 3 RBI. Two freshmen arms, Pat Meisenheimer and Blake Webster, combined to restrain Pierce. A two-run home run in the ninth was the only scoring for the Raiders. Meisenheimer started on the mound and went six innings, surrendering just five hits and striking out three, while walking none. Webster earned the save by going three full innings, giving up four hits and the two late runs.

Game 1 vs Green River - Meisenheimer had himself another excellent performance going for the first five innings in this one, limiting Green River's prodigious offense to a lone run on just three hits. The sixth inning brought some challenges, however. Two hits and an error in the frame led to three runs, but sophomore Brandon Wiese managed to hold off the Gators and preserve the lead and a TCC 6-4 victory, while earning the save for himself. Offensively, Tacoma was patient when it needed to be and opportunistic when it had its chances. Good old-fashioned "small ball" got the scoring started in the top of the first, as Allan Bennett milked a leadoff walk, then was advance to second by a Dallosto sacrifice bunt. After a Stokke strikeout, Robles drilled a 1-1 fastball into left field for an RBI single and a 1-0 lead in the game. Three more runs in the fifth, and two in the sixth gave Tacoma the margin it needed. Robles had two hits in the game to lead TCC.

Game 2 vs Green River - The energy level seemed to drop when game two began, and it showed in the results. The fifth and six innings were especially troubling for the Titans, as Green River scored seven times in those two frames, enroute to an 8-3 victory. Webster absorbed the loss on the mound for TCC, lasting five innings, and surrendering six runs on seven hits and five walks. Stokke and Robles were the only two Titans to score in the game.

Game 1 vs Lower Columbia - A quick run in the first was no match for the troubles that would confront the Titans in their showdown with Lower Columbia. Dallosto doubled off the wall and was brought home by Robles two hitters later to give TCC an early 1-0 lead. Four walks, a controversial safe call on a potential inning-ending double play, and a grand slam doomed Tacoma right out of the gate. Wilson go the start on the hill for TCC, but did not have command of his fastball and lasted only 2 1/3 innings. Wilson and three other Titan relievers combined to walk thirteen Red Devil hitters. They surrendered only six hits, but the free passes and some timely hits by LCC led to an 11-2 beating. Thornton racked up two hits in the game for TCC, and Muecklisch launched a solo home run in the third, but it was not nearly enough on this day.

Game 2 vs Lower Columbia - The finale did not go any better, as Tacoma's sloppy play continued. This time, the defense was the main culprit. Four different Titans accounted for five total errors and eight unearned runs. The offense was no help either, as they managed to scrape together only three hits in the game. 9-1 was the final.

The Titans (17-16 Overall, 12-5 Western Division) are now in second place in the Western Division, two games back of Lower Columbia. TCC travels to Centralia this Saturday, May 3, for a doubleheader starting at 1 pm. The two teams will hook up again the next day in Tacoma for a single game beginning at 1 pm.

TCC Notes: Three Titans rank in the top 10 in the NWAACC in batting average. Sophomore Anthony Dallosto is third at .434, freshman Skyler Kitchen is fourth at .429, and fellow frosh Will McKenney is seventh at .415. Sophomore third baseman Diego Robles is fifth in the NWAACC in RBIs with 30. Sophomore shortstop Todd Muecklisch is tied for sixth in homeruns at 4.

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