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Titans Open 2006 Season With A Split Against Bellevue

Titans Open 2006 Season With A Split Against Bellevue imagePosted: 4/13/2006 8:41:15 AM

March 1, 2006 - Seattle, WA - The Titans kicked off their 2006 campaign with a split against Bellevue CC at UW's Husky Ballpark Wednesday night. Game 1 went to the Bulldogs 7-5, while Tacoma upended BCC in the nightcap 6-5 in 10 innings. Both games were tightly contested, with the outcomes very much in doubt right up until the last inning in both.

Bellevue is perennially one of the top programs in the NWAACC, and always a title contender in the North Division. Coach Fergus - "We faced a great team right out of the box this year, but I thought it would be a good barometer of where we are as a team at this point. I wanted to test our boys early and see how they stood up under pressure. We've got a lot of work to do, but we did some good things on Wednesday that we can certainly build on for the rest of the season."

Sophomore lefthander Doug Lottes took the loss in game 1, giving up 4 runs in 1 1/3 innings of work. He walked 5 BCC hitters in his short outing. Freshman transfer TJ Peabody got the start on the mound, going 3 innings, and allowing just 1 earned run. Fellow freshman BA Garner relieved Peabody and Lottes and pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, not allowing an earned run.

Offensively, the Titans managed just 4 hits as a team, but did manage to scrap together 5 runs, taking advantage of 7 walks by BCC pitchers. Jeff Savas, Jake Valentine, Joe Stockton, and Kyle Young all registered hits for TCC, with Young accounting for 2 of the team's 3 RBI's.

Game 2 was another back and forth contest, and it needed bonus baseball, with the Titans ultimately prevailing 6-5 in 10 innings.

Freshman transfer Robbie Carroll took the hill first for the Titans, going 3 solid innings, allowing 2 earned runs on just 2 hits. He did walk 5 BCC hitters, however. Peninsula High product Dan Cox followed Carroll for 3 innings of his own, giving up just 1 hit, and not allowing a run.

Freshman lefthander Kent Bradshaw came on in the 7th with a good performance as well, with BCC hitters tallying only 1 unearned run on 2 hits. Sophomore Kyle Young, also the Titans starting rightfielder, toed the rubber next, battling his way through 2 2/3 innings, before giving way to Peabody for the final out. Young picked up the win, totaling 1 earned run on 3 hits. Peabody gets credit for the save, facing just 2 hitters.

The Titan bats were slightly better in Game 2, racking up 8 hits and 6 runs. 9 more BCC walks also contributed to the offensive output. Sophomore 2nd baseman Josh Guild, catcher Ryan Scott, DH Bryan Ruff, left fielder Joe Stockton, and freshman Ryan Maynes collected hits in the game.

Stockton was the offensive star of the night, with his 10th inning solo home run being the game winner. Stockton, a Vancouver, WA native, transferred to TCC from South Mountain CC in Arizona this fall.

The Titans are back in action next Wednesday at Everett CC for a doubleheader beginning at 5pm.


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