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TCC Baseball Sweeps Weekend Series Against Grays Harbor

TCC Baseball Sweeps Weekend Series Against Grays Harbor imagePosted: 4/26/2012 9:23:00 AM

Tacoma, WA - The TCC Titans baseball took on the Grays Harbor College this past weekend in a battle of West Region foes. The Titans took all 4 games of the series, giving TCC the sweep over the Chokers and kept the Titans in contention in the West.

Saturday’s doubleheader was held at Minnitti Field and the sun decided to show up with the temperature getting into the lows 70’s. Game 1 of the series led off with TCC ace Matt Bell, coming off his no hitter, going 8 shutout innings while allowing only 2 hits. Bell struck out 9 Grays Harbor hitters and didn’t allow a single walk. After leading 2-0 with runs in the 2nd and 5th innings, the Titans jumped pushed 6 runners across the plate in the bottom of the 6th inning. A Seth Heck single scored 2 runs and Garrett DeGallier followed with an RBI triple in the 6th. TCC totaled 13 hits, with Heck having 4 of them while driving in 3 runs also. JJ Nazzaro, DeGallier, and Jordan Woodring all tallied two hits each while accounting for 5 of Tacoma’s 8 runs. TCC won game #1, 8-0.

The 2nd game of the doubleheader began with Tacoma jumping out with 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st, off RBI singles by Stephan Adams and Erich Armstrong. TCC added to the lead in the 4th when Nazzaro led off the inning with a walk and stealing 2nd and 3rd, eventually scores on a throwing error. Adams hit a sac-fly to push the Titans lead to 4-0. Grays Harbor got on the board with 1 in the 5th. TCC would come right back in the bottom half of the inning to load the bases. A DeGallier double and Adams single plated 4 more runs for the Titans giving them a 8-1 lead. Nazzaro, Heck and Adams each had 2 hits and Adams drove in 4 runs while hitting in Tacoma’s cleanup spot. Of Tacoma’s 8 hits, 7 came from the 1-4 hitters in the lineup. Tim Dean earned the win going a solid 5 innings allowing 4 hits and 1 run. Lukas Hinton came in to finish the game throwing 2 scoreless innings. With the doubleheader sweep, that pushes the Titans home record to 12-1 on the year.

On Sunday, TCC traveled to Aberdeen, WA to take on Grays Harbor for the 2nd half of the series. Jeff Larabee got the start on the mound for the Titans and kept the game scoreless till the top the 4th inning when Tacoma’s bats came to life. TCC put up 7 runs drawing 3 walks to go with 5 hits. Jordan Woodring had a two out bases loaded double followed by a 3 singles in a row by catcher Chad Michaud, shortstop Marcus Hinkle and centerfielder Nazzaro. The Titans hitters accumulated 10 hits and 9 runs on the day. Larabee went 6 innings allowing 7 hits and 2 runs. Ryan Skoubo and Brandon Choate came in from the bullpen to combine 3 innings pitched only allowing 1 hit and 1 run and striking out 5 Grays Harbor hitters. TCC won game 3 of the series 9-3.

The final game of the series was all Titans. TCC scored 3 runs in the top of the 1st with 2 coming on a 2-run home run by Trey Cochran. After scoring 1 run each in the 2nd and 4th innings, the Titans erupted for 5 runs in the 6th, capped off by a Hinkle 2-RBI single and increasing the lead to 10-0 for TCC. Tacoma totaled 15 hits in this 6 inning game. Jake Ross and Marcus Hinkle, who provided solid defense at shortstop all day, had 3 hits apiece and JJ Nazzaro and Seth Heck each had 2 hits. Stephan Adams had another RBI to add to his NWAACC leading 31 RBI’s. On the mound for Tacoma was Garrett Picha, who set the tone early and dominated from the beginning. Picha went 6 innings, needing only 70 pitches, allowed 4 hits and struck out 3. Tacoma won the final game of the series 10-0 giving the Titans the series sweep.

“I am happy with how we played this series. Our pitchers set the tone all weekend and our hitters clutched up with runners in scoring position, which is something we had struggled with earlier,” stated Head Coach Ryan Mummert. “I think the bye week last week really helped our guys re-focus on the task at hand. Any time you can sweep, it’s a huge confidence builder. And we need it as the schedule only gets tougher from here on out.”

The Titans(23-6, 10-2) take on Centralia College next week. Saturdays games are at Centralia with Sunday back at Minnitti Field.

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