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Tacoma Sweeps Pierce

Tacoma Sweeps Pierce imagePosted: 4/13/2006 9:14:29 AM

Tacoma, WA - The Tacoma Titans took over sole possession of second place in the Western Division, after sweeping the Pierce College Raiders over the weekend. The Titans flexed their muscle on Sunday and Monday, using big home runs to bury the Raiders. With the sweep, Tacoma (5-1) remains in second place in the NWAACC Western Division, one game behind Lower Columbia College (6-0). TCC will return to action next weekend with a home double header on Saturday against Grays Harbor CC; they will then travel to Green River CC for another double header on Sunday. Games are scheduled to begin at 1:00pm on both days.

In the first game of the series, Kyle Young again showed why he is one of the top pitchers in the NWAACC. Young recorded his third win of the season by pitching 5 innings of no-hit baseball, working into the sixth inning before allowing 2 runs on 2 singles and giving way to freshman closer BA Garner. Garner allowed only 3 hits over the last 2 innings to record his fourth save of the season. It was the offense, however, that carried the day for Tacoma, with the top of the batting order providing the big blows. The 1-4 hitters in TCC's line-up, Zack Parnell, Jake Valentine, Jeff Savas, and Joe Stockton, combined to go 7-13 with 4 RBI's and 5 runs scored, as well as pounding out 2 doubles and 2 home runs. Centerfielder Savas had one of his best days of the season, going 3-4, with 2 RBI's, 2 runs scored, a double and a homerun. Stockton also had a good day going 2-3, with 1 RBI, 1 run scored, a double and a home run. The two homeruns were big for the Titans, as they came after Pierce had scored twice the inning before to cut the deficit to 4-2 and had already recorded two outs in the top of the seventh. That's when Savas and Stockton went back-to-back to put the game out of reach. Catcher Bryan Ruff also contributed offensively, going 2-2 with an RBI.

In game 2 of the double header it was again the offense that got the Titans going, as they jumped on the Raiders early, scoring 8 runs in the first 2 innings, then holding off a late rally to record the win. The top of the order continued its hot hitting, with Parnell (1-4, 2 runs), Valentine (2-4, run), Savas (2-5, 2 runs, RBI), Stockton (1-5, run, 2 RBI, 2B) and Ryan Scott (2-5, 2 runs, RBI, Homerun) all making contributions. Scott's home run was a towering shot to right field in the fifth inning. Freshman pitcher Daniel Cox was the beneficiary of all the offense as he picked up his third win of the year by going 5 1/3 innings, allowing 7 runs on 11 hits with 7 strikeouts. After Pierce scored a run the eighth to cut Tacoma's lead to 9-8, Head Coach Donegal Fergus once again called upon his closer to slam the door. Garner delivered again with 1 2/3 innings of one hit relief to record his second save of the day and his fifth of the year.

Returning to their home field for the last game of the series, TCC once again put up big numbers, but not until late. Down 5-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Titans erupted for 7 runs on 4 hits, all with 2 outs, to go ahead 9-5. The big blast of the inning came off the bat of Matt Burpee. With the score tied and a 1-2 count, Burpee crushed a fastball to deep left center field for a grand slam and put Tacoma on top for good. He finished the day 1-4, with 1 run scored, 4 RBI and a walk. A number of other players kept up their hot bats for the Titans. Ruff (3-4, 3 runs, BB), Valentine (1-4, run, 3 RBI), Savas (2-4, run, RBI), and freshman Ty Drake (2-3 run, RBI, 2 BB, and SB) all made solid contributions. Starter TJ Peabody gave a strong performance, although he did not factor in the decision, by going 5 2/3 innings, surrendering 4 runs on 3 hits with 2 strikeouts. The win went to sophomore Doug Lottes, who pitched 3 innings in relief, giving up 1 run on 5 hits. The Raiders attempted to make it a game by loading the bases in the ninth inning, but Tacoma again turned to their iron man closer BA Garner<

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