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TCC Baseball Wins TCC/PC Spring Invite Tournament

TCC Baseball Wins TCC/PC Spring Invite Tournament  imagePosted: 3/27/2012 10:12:00 PM

Tacoma, WA - Opening weekend at Minnitti Field on Tacoma Community College campus was a tough test for the Tacoma CC Titans. Pierce College and Tacoma Community College hosted Bellevue College, Lane Community College, Southwest Oregon Community College and Everett Community College in a preseason round robin tournament. This was a great test for TCC early in the season. All teams expect for Southwest Oregon were playoff teams last year.

Game 1 for Tacoma was against Bellevue College. Tim Dean got his second start of his young career going a solid 7 innings allowing no runs. Bellevue was off balance at the plate all day only getting only 5 hits. Offensively for the Titans catcher Chad Michaud went 2-3 with a run scored as well as throwing out Bellevue’s Tyler Baumgartner who had three of the Bulldogs hits. TCC’s sophomore shortstop Marcus Hinkle also contributed a 3-4 game with an RBI. Coming out of the bullpen, Ryan Skoubo pitched 2 innings for the save. He struck out the side in the 8th but the 9th inning wasn’t as simple for the Titans. Leading 3-0, Bellevue tallied 4 hits and cut TCC’s lead to 3-2. But Skoubo got the 3rd out with an infield pop-up to clinch the home opener over the 2011 NWAACC champs.

While TCC took a lunch break and Bellevue College played Lane Community College. Bellevue beat Lane 6-5.

Tacoma’s second game was a 4pm start against Lane Community College from Eugene, Oregon. Matt Bell, a sophomore pitcher for TCC got the start and didn’t look back, with a complete game in his third start of the 2012 season. Bell allowed a total of 6 base runners while picking one off at second base. In the 4th inning Tacoma scored 2 runs which proved to be enough. A leadoff double by Erich Armstrong got the inning going. An RBI single by Jordon Woodring scored Armstrong and got the Titans on the board. Seth Heck earned a 2 out bases loaded walk to get the second run. Tacoma’s Stephan Adams and Woodring each went 2-4. Matt Bell was the story of the game going all 9 innings allowing 4 hits and recording 6 strike outs.

On Sunday, the Titans hosted Southwest Oregon Community College in Game 1. Jeff Larabee went 8 solid innings allowing 2 runs and only 4 hits, with 1 walk. With a 5-1 lead going into the 9th inning, the Tacoma bullpen struggled to throw a strike. With 6 walks in the 9th inning, SW Oregon was able to get 4 runs and tie the game up. After the 10th inning, the game hit the 2 and half hour time limit and the game ended in a 5-5 tie. The Titans had 9 hits with Seth Heck, Trey Cochran and Chad Michaud had two hits each.

In between TCC's 2 games on Sunday,Southwest Oregon played Everett Community College. SW Oregon beat Everett 8-6.

In the Tournament’s final game, TCC played Everett. Garrett Picha got his third start on the season going 6 innings allowing 3 hits and no runs. He recorded 5 strikeouts with 3 walks and left the game with a 1-0 lead. Freshman Lukas Hinton relieved Picha and held the lead for 2 innings he pitched, allowing one hit and a strikeout. Brandon Choate started the 9th and got 2 outs and was 1 strike away from preserving the win. But Everett’s Cody Reed singled with a runner on 3rd to tie the game at 1-1. Jamie Daniel came in to pitch the 10 and gaves up a leadoff double. With a typical NWAACC coaches move Everett’s Tanner Romo lays down a sacrifice bunt. Jamie proceeded to get an infield pop-up for the second out and then struck out the next batter for the third out keeping the game 1-1 going into the bottom of the 10th inning. JJ Nazzaro led off the inning with a double. Garrett DeGallier pinch ran for Nazzaro and advanced to 3rd on a ground out by Adams. The Trojans then intentionally walkd the bases loaded. After a strikeout, Jordan Woodring came up with 2 outs and worked the count to 3-2. On the next pitch Woodring singled for the game winning RBI to beat the 5th ranked Everett Trojans. TCC had 8 hits with Nazzaro, back in the lineup after resting a pulled hamstring, going 2-4 with a walk and a clutch double. Nazzaro is leading all of the NWAACC’s with a .607 average.

The Titans won the first annual TCC/Pierce Spring Invite with a 3-0-1 record. Tacoma’s pitching staff only allowed 9 runs in 37 innings played.

“This was a great test for our guys. If we throw a few more strikes in that 9th inning against SWOCC, we could be easily 4-0 this weekend,” said Head Coach Ryan Mummert. “But I am still pleased with our effort. These were all quality opponents with 5 of the 6 playoff teams from last year. We will use this as momentum to get ready for conference starting next weekend.”

Weekend Results: Tacoma 3-0-1 Bellevue 3-1 SW Oregon 2-1-1 Everett 1-3 Lane 1-3 Pierce 1-3

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