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Titans Open Season at 3-1

Titans Open Season at 3-1 imagePosted: 3/15/2010 1:27:00 PM

Walla Walla, WA - The TCC Titans opened the 2010 campaign this past weekend on the road, sweeping Walla Walla and splitting with Blue Mountain to start the year at 3-1. Tacoma opened the weekend by downing Walla Walla 3-2 and 12-5 on Saturday.

Sophomore Colton Brown got the starting nod in Game 1 for TCC, going 7 strong innings, while allowing just 2 runs. Freshman David Olson and sophomore Sean Santschi came on in relief to slam the door, with Santschi picking up his first save of the season. Olson also contributed mightily at the plate for the Titans, collecting 3 hits in the game. Freshman designated hitter Brandon Johnson delivered the big blow for TCC though, in the top of the first. He smoked a triple off the wall in right-center to score two runs and put the Titans up 2-0.

Freshman left-hander Andrew Olson got the ball in Game 2, and earned his first collegiate victory. He went 7 innings, allowing 3 earned runs on 8 hits. Sophomore second baseman Matt Williams was 3 for 3 on the game with a run scored. The Titans broke the game open in the 4th inning, posting 9 runs in the inning.

Day 2 did not start out as well for Tacoma, despite a very good pitching effort by starter Jordan Staples. The sophomore right-hander went 6 innings and gave up just 1 run. Freshman Anthony Klonitsko took the loss, as he allowed 3 unearned runs in the 7th. TCC dropped Game 1 3-2.

The first 7 innings of Game 2 did not look much better for Tacoma, as they found themselves in an 8-3 hole. The bats had been fairly silent up to that point, and some defensive miscues did not give the pitching staff much help. That all changed in the top of the 8th inning, when Andy Scott drew a 1-out walk. David Olson then singled to left. Johnson then proceeded to scorch a double down the left field line, scoring Scott and pushing Olson to third. Pinch-hitter Riley Kitchen then hammered a ball of the center field fence to drive home 2 more runs, closing the gap to 8-6. Ryne Briley and pinch-hitter Will Pierce each singled after that, plating another run. Freshman John Pagel drove home the tying run with a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Briley. TCC tacked on 2 more runs, one on a throwing error by the Blue Mountain shortstop and a double steal by Braden Box and Riley Rosvold.

Closer Sean Santschi picked up his second save of the weekend with 2 shutout innings, striking out 4.

Tacoma returns to action this Saturday on the road against Bellevue. Doubleheader starts at noon.

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