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Titans Win Season Series With Pierce and Centralia

Posted: 5/2/2006 11:57:32 AM

Tacoma, WA - The Tacoma Titans split with cross-town rivals Pierce College on Sunday to take the season series 4 games to 1; then swept Centralia on Monday to take that season matchup 4 games to 1 as well. The wins move Tacoma's conference record to 13-4, 21-11 overall, while the loss drops Pierce to 5-12 in conference play, 9-21 overall. Centralia, with their two losses on Monday, falls to 4-13 in the conference, 7-26 overall.

With the victories this weekend, Tacoma tightens its hold on 2nd place in the Western Division, increasing its lead over 3rd place Green River to 4 games. The Titans have a three-game series coming up with Grays Harbor beginning on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Pierce College Raiders came to Minnitti Field for a doubleheader matchup. Game 1 went to the visitors, as Pierce came away with a 7-3 victory. TCC ace Kyle Young took the loss for the Titans, as he struggled with his command all afternoon, walking 4 Raider hitters. Only 4 of the 7 runs were earned, but Pierce took advantage of some sloppy defense by the Titans to come away with the win.

Left-handed reliever Kent Bradshaw pitched brilliantly in relief, logging 4 innings and allowing just 3 hits. The freshman from Caldwell, ID has battled tendonitis for much of this season, but showed this weekend why he should be a significant contributor down the stretch and next season as well.

Offensively, TCC was stymied much of the game by Pierce starter Anthony Wetmore. They managed just 4 hits on the day, although one of them was a rather big blow. Sophomore catcher Ryan Scott came off the bench in the bottom of the 7th to pinch hit and smacked a towering 3-run home run to cut the Pierce lead to 7-3. Unfortunately, Tacoma could get no closer and dropped the opener by the same score.

Game 2 went much better for the Titans, as they prevailed by the score of 5-3. Doug Lottes notched the win, his 3rd of the season. The sophomore lefty from Federal Way recorded 7 innings of work, allowing just 3 runs on 6 hits.

There was some major controversy and drama in the contest, as Tacoma actually won by forfeit, after leading 5-3 in the bottom of the 7th. The game was halted under the purview of the NCAA rule book after Pierce Head Coach Jason Pacinich returned to the field after being ejected just moments earlier. Both he and pitcher Bryan Guyett were ejected for intentionally hitting Titan shortstop Zack Parnell with a pitch. Both teams were warned the previous inning after Lottes sailed two errant pitches past a Pierce batter. Following the end of the game, both benches emptied for a confrontation on the field. No punches were thrown and order was restored, but the outcome was decided.

Sophomore catcher Bryan Ruff led the charge at the plate for the Titans, finishing 2-3 with a run scored.

On Monday, the Titans resumed play with Centralia CC, picking up the game in the 3rd inning, after being halted on Saturday due to rain. The game began with Centralia at the plate, leading 6-5, along with 2 outs and runners on 1st and 2nd. Tacoma reliever Robbie Carroll quickly got out of that inning and went on to give TCC 4 2/3 innings of work and pick up the victory. He surrendered just 2 hits and struck out 5, improving his season record to 3-1.

Tacoma didn't wait long to even the score, picking up a run in the bottom of the 4th inning on a Matt Burpee sacrifice fly, scoring Jeff Savas. Savas would finish the day 6-10, with 3 runs scored. The sophomore centerfielder now holds a 15-game hitting streak.

The Titans struck again in the bottom of the 6th, when Joe Stockton belted a 2-out, 2-run home run to deep left field, putting TCC up 8-6. Stockton finished the game 2-4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Freshman closer BA Garner came on in the 7th and induced a ground out to 2nd base to end the game and record his NWAACC-leading 8th save. He wo

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