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Titans Battle Rough Conditions at WSU, Take Series Against Spokane

Titans Battle Rough Conditions at WSU, Take Series Against Spokane imagePosted: 3/19/2013 11:34:00 AM

Tacoma, WA - After Traveling to the Eastside of the state last weekend, the Titans traveled back over the mountains to Pullman, WA to play a series vs. Spokane CC at Washington State University this past weekend. The Titans split games 1 and 2 but swept games 3 and 4 to win the series. TCC outscored Spokane 47-17 on the weekend.

"We played well for the most part this weekend. I was happy to see our bats come alive", stated Head Coach Ryan Mummert. "We hadn't played a complete double header this year, so I was pleased to see our guys come out and take care of business on day 2, especially during some rough weather conditions. Spokane is a quality team so this was a good test for our guys. I look forward to seeing how we build on this."

In the first game of Saturday's double header Mitch McQueen set the tone on the hill by putting up zeroes for the first five innings of work. The Titans would get on the board in the first with a Garrett DeGallier RBI single to score Jon Reece, who had laced a double earlier that inning. Chad Michaud broke the game open on a grand slam to left field in the 6th inning. The Titans gathered twelve walks to go with their thirteen hits. Michaud led the way going 4-5 with five RBI. McQueen would get the complete game win, his 1st of the year, by going seven innings, giving up three earned runs and fanning five. The Titans would prevail with a 14-3 win.

In game 2 Spokane came out with the first punch off of Titan starter Buck Hale to go up quickly 1-0. The Titans wouldn't answer back until the 6th inning with first baseman Joey Gamache hitting a double down the right field line and eventually scoring on a wild pitch. Spokane had an answer for every run that the Titans would push across, scoring in five different innings. Garret DeGallier had a 2 hit day and would add a triple to lead the Titan hitters. Evan Peterson contributed 3 RBI's but in the end it wasn't enough. TCC was only able to push across two in the ninth falling a run short and by a final of 5-4 in favor of Spokane. Brett Franklin gave Spokane a solid start going five innings and only surrendering two hits. Hale took the loss for the Titans.

Day two threw some wild and cold weather into the mix but the Titan bats came out red hot. In game 3 of the series, Seth Heck would set the tone in the lead-off spot going 3-4 with 2 doubles and 3 runs. TCC would collect 10 hits and 7 walks and by the 5th inning would build their lead to 9-1. That would be enough for starter Lukas Hinton to put it on cruise control going six innings and surrendering only one earned run, to earn his second win of the season. Pitcher Joey Gamache would come in and close the door on the first game going three innings to earn the save. The Titans took game 3 by a score of 10-5.

In the final game the weather got worse and at times there was blizzard like conditions. But that didn't cool off the Titans bats. TCC would only score in 4 innings, but the amount they scored pushed the game out of reach. Overall the Titans would accumulate 19 runs, 17 hits and 10 walks in the game. Ben Circeo and Joe Greaney would lead the way for the Titans collecting 3 hits a piece with Greaney grabbing 5 RBIs. Patrick Bernard got the start and battled his way through five innings submitting two earned runs while walking four. Ryan Skoubo came on in what would end up being the last inning due to inclement weather, striking out one and giving up just one hit for his third appearance of the year.

The Titans next matches up with Pierce to play host to Bellevue, Lane, Everett and SW Oregon for the TCC/PC Spring Invite. Of the 6 teams, 5 were ranked in the top 8 of the latest NWAACC poll. TCC will 1st square off with Bellevue on Saturday at Minnitti Field at 10 am.

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