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A Split Weekend

A Split Weekend imagePosted: 4/19/2010 10:36:00 AM

Tacoma, WA - The TCC Titans went 2-2 over the weekend, splitting doubleheaders both Saturday and Sunday against Green River and Pierce, respectively. Tacoma beat #8 ranked Green River 4-2 on the road in the opener, then dropped the rain-delayed nightcap 2-0. On Sunday in Tacoma, TCC earned a hard-fought victory in the first game, 5-4, then once again failed to finish, losing the back-end 8-0.

Saturday began with a matchup of two of the best pitchers in the NWAACC, Green River's David Macey versus Tacoma's Colton Brown. The battle was everything it was cracked up to be. Brown got the win, going 7 innings, allowing just 1 run on 5 hits, while striking out 10. Freshman reliever Terik Gofinch pitched the eighth, setting up closer Sean Santschi, who came in and slammed the door in the ninth for his 5th save of the year.

With a chance to grab a hold of first place, the Titans fell a little flat in the second game on Saturday. Despite racking up 7 hits against Green River's Jake Shadle, a probable Major League Draft selection, TCC failed to push any runners across the plate. Baserunning mistakes and untimely fielding errors contributed to both the lack of run production and directly led to both of Green River's unearned runs. Freshman start Andrew Olson pitched very well, giving up just three hits and striking out 9, but gets the hard-luck loss nonetheless.

Sunday brought blue skies and warm temperatures to Minnitti Field, and early on it looked like it would be a great day for the Titans as well. Behind 2 home runs from freshman Brandon Johnson, Tacoma held on for a 5-4 victory in the opener, with sophomore Jordan Staples getting his third win of the year, and Santschi tallying his NWAACC-leading 6th save of the season.

Once again the Titans had a chance to put a team away but failed to do so. Game 2 of the Sunday doubleheader was a lackluster performance by Tacoma, as they managed just 3 hits and surrendered 8 runs. "Nothing else to say, other than it was an utterly disappointing finish to a day. We just didn't play up to our ability and we suffered the consequences. We have to have a great week of practice and get back on track," according to Head Coach Donegal Fergus.

The Titans get back to action this weekend against Centralia, who is one game back of them in the West Division standings. Saturday's doubleheader begins at 1pm in Centralia, and Sunday's single game also has a start time of 1pm at TCC's Minnitti Field.

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