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Titans Ranked #8 in NWAACC

Titans Ranked #8 in NWAACC imagePosted: 5/6/2008 1:14:00 PM

Tacoma, WA - Despite a stumble the previous weekend, the Tacoma Titans got things straightened out this past Saturday and Sunday, taking 2 of 3 from Centralia, and moving to #8 in the latest NWAACC Baseball Poll. TCC is now comfortably in 2nd place in the Western Division, a full four games in front of third place teams Green River and Pierce, with only five games remaining in the regular season. If TCC can clinch the 2nd seed, they will host the Divisional playoff series May 17-18.

Game 1 vs Centralia - Starting pitcher Evan Wilson did not have his best stuff from the outset, but battled through the difficulties to scatter just four hits over six innings of work. He did walk five however, including one in the seventh inning, before yielding to reliever Brandon Wiese. The Titans held a 1-0 lead at that point, but after Wilson yielded a leadoff single, then walked the next Blazer hitter, Wiese then walked two more hitters to plate the winning run for Centralia. The Titan offense never did get untracked, amassing just four hits in the seven-inning affair. Sophomore second baseman Justin Thornton scored the only run in the game for Tacoma. After tripling off the wall to start the inning, Thornton scampered home on a Danny Myers ground out.

Game 2 vs Centralia - While the series opener was noticeably short on runs, game two was certainly not. The Titans managed to slug their way to a 10-8 victory and salvage a split for the day. Things did not start out well for Tacoma, however, as Centralia jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after two innings. TCC answered back with two of their own in the third, then four more in the fourth, including a three-run blast from freshman Will McKenney, his fourth homerun of the year. Freshman right-hander Jason Hollinger picked up the win in relief of starter Jesse Nunley, while fellow frosh Erik Hoium locked down the save with two innings of relief in which he struck out five. Diego Robles led the offensive attack for TCC, going 4-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. McKenney also notched three RBI, and also scored three times.

Game 3 vs Centralia - The two teams hooked up again on Sunday back in Tacoma for a single nine-inning contest, though the outcome was not in contention for very long. Tacoma jumped on the Blazers early with four runs in the first inning on four consecutive hits. They would add another run in the second, four more in the fifth, one in the sixth, and three in the seventh to win 13-3. Nine different Titan players recorded hits in the game, with sophomore shortstop Todd Muecklisch leading the charge with four knocks and three runs scored. McKenney had three more RBIs, while Robles notched three more hits, two runs scored, and two more RBI. Pat Meisenheimer delivered a signature performance on the mound for Tacoma, going the distance for his sixth win of the year. He had a shutout brewing up until the ninth, when he finally began to tire and surrendered three runs on four hits.

Tacoma hosts Grays Harbor on Wednesday, then travels down to Aberdeen to match up with the Chokers again on Saturday. They conclude their regular season on Sunday at home against Pierce College.

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