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Titans Dominate Opening Weekend With Sweep Of Eastside Teams

Titans Dominate Opening Weekend With Sweep Of Eastside Teams imagePosted: 3/14/2012 11:52:00 AM

Tacoma, WA - TCC Baseball opened up their 2012 season on the Eastside of the state taking on Walla Walla Community College and perenial power Columbia Basin College. The Titans dominated the weekend winning all 4 games, beating Walla Walla 9-1 and 7-3 and CBC 15-6 and 12-3.

"We played really well this weekend. I knew we had a chance to be a good offensive team, but for our hitters to do this really impressed me", stated Head Coach Ryan Mummert. "And as good as our hitters were, our starting pitching was equally as good. Both Walla Walla and CBC were playoff teams last year, so this was a good test for our guys. I am excited about how we started the season but we still have a long season to go."

Game 1 against Walla Walla set the stage for a big weekend for the Titans. In the 1st Inning, after a Seth Heck double, Stephan Adams singled to score Heck and get TCC on the board for a 1-0 lead. TCC would score another run in the 4th and an Inning later in the 5th, after Jake Ross scored on single by Heck, Adams would hit a 3-run homerun to push the Titans lead to 6-0. With 3 consecutive hits, TCC added 3 more runs in the 7th for a 9-0 lead. Matt Bell got the start on the mound and was equally as impressive as the offense. Bell had a tremendous opening start allowing only 4 hits, 1 walk, 0 runs and striking out 6 in 8 Innings of work. The Titans totaled 14 hits with 6 of 9 starters achieving 2 hits each and Adams leading the way with 4 RBI's.

Following the win in Game 1, the Titans started much of the same in Game 2 scoring again in the 1st Inning. Erich Armstrong would get TCC on the board 1st with an RBI single scoring Clayton Brown. After Walla Walla scored 1 in the 1st to tie the game, a double by Chad Michaud would plate Trey Cochran for a 2-1 lead. In the 5th, the Titans would add 3 more runs capped by an Armstrong 2-run homerun to push the Titans lead to 5-1. Walla Walla would cut the lead to 6-3 in the 7th and when a little trouble arose in the 8th, Talon Sisley came in to get the tying to flyout and finished the 9th for the save. In his 1st collegiate start, Freshman Tim Dean performed well limiting the Warriors to only 1 run on just 2 hits over 6 innings of work. The Titans had 5 hitters with 2 or more hits led by Garret DeGallier's 4 hits.

The next day TCC would take on last years East Region Champions in Columbia Basin and from the start of game 1, the offense would carry over from the previous day for the Titans. The 1st 6 batters of the game reached base leading to 6 runs in the 1st Inning. In the 4th an RBI triple by DeGallier, who would later score, added to the lead making it 8-0. A Seth Heck 2 RBI single in the 5th and a Sac Fly to score Heck pushed the lead to 11-0. Another run in the 6th and 3 more in the 8th made things more comfortable as the Titans lead 15-0. Starting pitcher Garrett Picha cruised through the Hawk line up. He limited CBC to only 2 hits with 6 K's and only 1 walk while throwing 7 shutout Innings. JJ Nazzaro led the Titan offense with 4 hits and was 1 of 5 TCC hitters with 2 or more hits in the game. Heck scored 4 runs and Stephan Adams and Trey Cochran had 3 RBIs a piece.

Game 2 against CBC started like every other game of the weekend with TCC scoring in the 1st Inning for the 4th consecutive game. Seth Heck gave the Titans a 1-0 lead scoring on a wild pitch. Stephan Adams continued his RBI theme with 2 more in the 3rd with a double. The Titans would score 3 in the 3rd and 4th, and 2 each in the 5th and 6th for an 11-2 advantage. TCC took advantage of 7 CBC walks and accumulated 15 hits in the 12-3 win. Nazzaro led the offense again with a 5 hit performance and pitcher Jeff Larabee limited the Hawk offense to 4 hits and 2 runs while going 6 Innings in the start.

The Titans scored 43 runs and had 57 hits during the 4 game weekend sweep. TCC will travel to Bremerton on Saturday to take on Olympic and Thompson River with game 1 starting at 10am. On Sunday the Titans will travel to Bellevue for a doubleheader against the Bulldogs starting at 12pm.

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