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Titans Topple Lower Columbia

Posted: 4/26/2006 10:11:51 AM

Tacoma, WA - The Tacoma Titans moved to within one game of first place in the NWAACC Western Division by taking two out of three games from the first place Lower Columbia College Red Devils. The Titans split the doubleheader played at Tacoma on Saturday, winning the first game 1-0 before dropping the night cap 7-5. TCC then traveled down to Longview on Sunday and handed the Devils only their second Conference loss, this time by the score of 12-4. The Titans will return to action this weekend with a home doubleheader on Saturday against Centralia CC and another home doubleheader on Sunday against cross-town rival Pierce College. Both game times are scheduled to begin at 1:00pm.

Game one of the series turned out to be a pitchers' duel between two local standouts - LCC hurler DJ Lidyard from Cascade Christian HS, and TCC freshman Dan Cox, from Peninsula HS. Although Lidyard gave his typical dominant performance, Cox and the Titans came out on top 1-0. Cox was masterful himself, logging 6 1/3 innings and surrendering only 5 hits. The lefthander kept LCC off balance all day, while also benefiting from some stellar defense behind him. Tacoma did not commit an error in the game. With the win Cox improves his record to 4-2 with a 2.72 ERA. Titan closer BA Garner threw the last 2/3 of an inning to earn his 7th save of the season. The Titans lone run came in the bottom of the fourth inning as Joe Stockton led off the inning with a single and was then sacrificed to second by Matt Burpee. Kyle Young then delivered a base hit on a 1-2 count to score Stockton for the games' only run and Cox made it stand up. Jeff Savas also had a double on the day, going 1-3.

In the night cap of the doubleheader at Minnitti Field the Devils held off a late Titans rally and held on for a 7-5 win. In the bottom of the ninth the TCC offense put together a late charge collecting 4 hits and 2 walks to score 3 times and put the tying run at second base before LCC managed to get a ground ball to end the threat and the game. Savas continued his hot hitting with a 2-3 day scoring twice. Stockton also contributed heavily again, going 2-4 with a run scored. Young finished the day 2-4 with 2 RBI. Titan starter TJ Peabody pitched very well, despite taking the loss, posting 7 1/3 innings and allowing just 2 earned runs. His record now goes to 2-3.

Longview, WA - In the rubber match of the pivotal conference series the Titans headed south to Longview and David B. Story Field, and proceeded to hand the Red Devils just their second loss in conference with a 12-4 victory. The offense carried the day as TCC pounded out 12 runs on 11 hits. It was the middle of the order that did most of the damage, going a combined 6-10 with 7 runs scored. Savas kept his hot bat going with a 2-5 day with 2 runs scored. With those two hits Savas now has an eleven game hitting streak. Stockton had another huge day, going 2-3, including a solo homerun off of LCC starter Kyle Foster. He also scored 4 runs, walked, and was hit by a pitch, reaching base 4 times in all. The third member of that group was catcher Bryan Ruff. Ruff was a perfect 2-2, with a run scored, and RBI and a walk. Ruff was also a factor defensively, deftly handling the Titan pitching staff.

With the victory, TCC starter Young ran his record to 4-1, with a 2.72 ERA. He notched 7 innings and only giving up 2 earned runs. He scattered six hits, struck out two batters, walked five and hit three batters through seven innings to book the victory. "Kyle's been our ace all season, but he wasn't sharp early and we thought we'd have to go to the bullpen early," Fergus said. "We didn't show a lot of life behind him early, and that happens when your ace isn't pitching well." After a shaky start that saw LCC score twice in the first and twice in the second Young settled down and dominated over the next five innings, not allowing a hit and striking out the last hitter in the bottom of the sevent

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