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1st Place for the Titans

1st Place for the Titans imagePosted: 3/31/2009 11:52:00 AM

Tacoma, WA - The 2009 conference schedule is off to a good start for the Tacoma Titans. By virtue of their weekend sweep of Grays Harbor, they are alone in first place in the Western Division at 3-0. Lower Columbia at 2-0, is right behind TCC in second place.

Sunday's single-game affair in Aberdeen started off with an early Titan lead and starter Colton Brown never really let the Chokers threaten. TCC put up one run in the first and another in the second, en-route to a decisive 10-4 victory. Brown went seven strong innings for his fifth win of the year, racking up ten strikeouts along the way. His 5-0 record leads the entire NWAACC. Sophomore catcher Matt Gomes put up big offensive numbers, tallying four hits and two RBI's in the game. Kris Ulmer, Collin Bennett, Brett Bielec, and Andy Scott each scored two runs for Tacoma.

Monday's doubleheader was a reschedule of Saturday's rain-outs.

Game one started off in the worst possible way for the Titans, as the Chokers raced out to an early 3-0 lead after the first. TCC starter Micah Deibell struggled with his command and Grays Harbor took advantage, knocking him out after only an inning and a third, tagging him for five runs. Sophomore Jason Hollinger came on in relief and steadied the ship for the next four-plus innings, allowing the Tacoma bats to come alive. TCC smashed their way back into, eventually tying the game at 6-6 after five innings. Another Choker run in the seventh, and one more in the ninth made it 8-6 in favor of the visitors, but Tacoma had one more rally in them, scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth to secure the victory 9-8. Bielec led off the final frame with a double down the left field line. CJ Dailey followed that up with a walk, which brought Bennett to the plate. His sacrifice bunt attempt was mishandled by the Grays Harbor pitcher, and suddenly the bases were loaded with nobody out. Gomes then laced a single to left, scoring Bielec to draw the Titans within one. A popup by Will Pierce gave the Chokers their first out of the inning, but the reprieve was short-lived, as Nash Hutter drove in the tying run with a ground ball to deep short. Scott then legged out a tough chance to short for the winning RBI.

Game two was another nail-biter, with Grays Harbor taking the first lead in the fourth inning, 1-0. Titan starter Sean Santschi was otherwise quite impressive in earning his first collegiate victory. He scattered five hits over six innings of work, while fanning five. Freshman Jordan Staples allowed a late run in the seventh, but did earn his second save of the season. While the Titan bats were not nearly as potent as in the first two games of the series, they were timely in the final game. Skyler Kitchen scored two runs on the day to pace the TCC offense. Ulmer added a triple and a run scored to his day, leading Tacoma to the 4-2 victory.

TCC is back in action at home on Wednesday, April 1 at 3:00 p.m. Cross-town rival Pierce College will actually be the home team for the 9-inning affair, but due to a scheduling conflict with the field they rent from Mt Tahoma High, the game was moved to TCC's Minnitti Field. Pierce enters the game at 1-2 in league play, 4-12 overall.

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