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Titans Go 2-2 On The Weekend Road Trip

Titans Go 2-2 On The Weekend Road Trip imagePosted: 4/13/2006 8:40:04 AM

Pendleton, OR - Jake Valentine reached base safely all three plate appearances, going 2 for 2, including the go-ahead RBI in the top of the seventh, as the Titans climbed over Blue Mountain CC 2-1 on Saturday. TJ Peabody racked up six strong innings on the mound for the win, as TCC improved to 2-1 on the young season.

The BMCC Timberwolves got the scoring started in the bottom of the second inning, Peabody hit leadoff hitter Ryan Tannahill with a pitch, with Tannahill moving to third base after a throwing error by third baseman Jake Valentine on the subsequent sacrifice bunt attempt by the Timberwolves. Chuy Elguezabal then grounded out to drive in Tannahill.

The Titans answered back in the top of the third, with Valentine atoning for his earlier mistake by scoring the first run of the game for TCC. He led off the inning with a walk and quickly stole second base. After a Zack Parnell strikeout, Valentine moved to third on a wild pitch and then came in to score on a Jeff Savas RBI single.

TCC struck again in the top of the seventh when pinch runner Ryan Maynes scored from second on a Jake Valentine single to right. Maynes had entered the game to run for first baseman Matt Burpee after Burpee had walked, and then advanced to second when Ty Drake singled. The run would prove to be the difference the Titans needed.

Kyle Young relieved Peabody in the bottom of the seventh, coming in to earn his first save of the season. He managed to make it interesting by walking the leadoff hitter, but subsequently coaxed the next BMCC hitter into a ground ball double play, and then getting a ground ball to first base to end the game.

Game 2 was an equally hard fought victory for the Titans, as the game went ten innings, and ending up 4-3 in TCC's favor. The sweep of Blue Mountain moved the Titans to 3-1 on the year, while the Timberwolves dropped to 2-4.

Sophomore left-hander Doug Lottes got the start on the mound, and pitched well, going five strong innings and giving up no earned runs and just four hits. Freshmen relievers Benjamin Garner and Kent Bradshaw combined for the next four innings, allowing only one unearned run and only three hits.

Second baseman Josh Guild started the Titan scoring in the top of the third inning with a single to left. He eventually scored on a sacrifice fly from Parnell. Parnell was 2 for 3 in the game.

The sixth inning saw a lot of action for both teams, as the Titans plated two runners in the top half of the inning, and Blue Mountain scored two of their own in the bottom half.

Blue Mountain tied the game in the bottom of the seventh after Stefan Long advanced to second on TCC catcher Bryan Ruff's throwing error, and then scored on an Eli Anderson single.

Savas sparked the late Titan rally that led to the go-ahead run in the top of the tenth inning. After a Guild ground out, Savas reached on a BMCC error, the stole second. Following a sacrifice fly to right from Parnell, Joe Stockton doubled to score Savas and give TCC the margin of victory.

Young came in and earned his second save of the day and season, with a scoreless inning of work.

Pasco , WA - The Titans did not fare so well on the second day of the road trip, dropping two games to Eastern Division power Columbia Basin. The Hawks took advantage of seven Tacoma errors to score fourteen runs on the doubleheader. TCC, on the other hand, struggled at the plate, managing only two.

Game 1 got off to a rocky start, as Titan starter Robbie Carroll gave up two runs in the first. Carroll settled in after that, pitching quite well and quieting the Hawk bats until the fourth inning. Two Tacoma errors in the inning led, coupled with five CBC hits led to a six-run inning and essentially sealing the fate of TCC.

Tacoma 's lone run came in the seventh inning, courtesy of a Nikko Ganacias RBI single. Jeff Savas and Joe Stockton led off the inning with a single and walk,

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