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Tacoma Sweeps Kwantlen in Home Opener

Tacoma Sweeps Kwantlen in Home Opener imagePosted: 4/13/2006 8:32:49 AM

Tacoma, WA - The sun came out and so did the bats for the Tacoma Titans on Saturday. TCC plated 22 runs in the doubleheader against Kwantlen College in the home opener at Minnitti Field.

Kwantlen College came visiting to Tacoma from Surrey, B.C. as part of a weekend road trip for them. The Titans were fresh off two frustrating defeats to Columbia Basin and looking to break out. In Game 1, TCC managed 8 runs on 7 hits, with sophomore Jeff Savas leading the way (2 for 4).

No other Titan had more than one hit, but in the bottom of the 6th inning, pinch-hitter Bryan Ruff struck the big blow, coming through with a two-out, 3-run double. The sophomore catcher was 4 for 5 on the afternoon, with 5 RBIs.

The Titan pitching staff did not have their best outing in either game, but the strength of the staff so far came through again when needed. The bullpen, this time consisting of Dan Cox and BA Garner, came on in relief of starter TJ Peabody for 3 strong innings. Cox came away with the victory, with Garner picking up the save.

Peabody struggled through a rough first inning, where he surrendered 5 earned runs, but settled down to hold Kwantlen at bay over the next three innings.

In Game 2, TCC had to overcome a large early deficit as well, but roared back to take the final game 14-11. The Titans coupled 9 hits with two Kwantlen errors to post their highest run output of the season. Shootouts aren't normally part of TCC's game plan, but the win was a crucial one, as it put the Titans to 5-3 on the season.

Ruff was once again the offensive hero, racking up 3 hits in 4 at bats, with 2 more RBI. Another 2-out double, this time in the bottom of the first, scored Savas and Kyle Young.

Freshman Ty Drake, getting his first start at third base, went 2-5, with a pair of singles.

Freshman Robbie Carroll logged 3 shutout innings in relief to earn the victory on the mound. Young picked up the save with a scoreless ninth, his third of the year.

Tacoma will enjoy a few days of rest, as players finish up their final exams, before heading off to Pasco for a weekend tournament at Columbia Basin College (March 24-26). The Titans open the tournament with Walla Walla CC and Columbia Basin on Friday, the face Blue Mountain CC and Columbia Basin on Saturday, and wrap up the tournament with Walla Walla on Sunday.


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