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TCC Baseball Wins TCC/PC Spring Invite Tournament for 3rd Staright Year; Mummert Gets Win #100

TCC Baseball Wins TCC/PC Spring Invite Tournament for 3rd Staright Year; Mummert Gets Win #100 imagePosted: 3/27/2014 3:48:00 PM

Tacoma, WA- The Titans had its first full weekend at home, hosting the TCC-PC Spring invite. The tournament included five of the top eight ranked teams in the NWAACC pre-season poll. TCC has won the tournament the past two years and this year would be no different with the Titans taking all four games to win the invite for the third straight year.

Game 1 would see the Titans take on last year's NWAACC Champions Everett. TCC would get some early offense led by freshman 1B Brett Nielsen. After a 1st inning double by Nielsen, Devin Riley would give the Titans the lead with a 2 run double. The next inning Nielsen would add to the lead with a 2 run homerun to push Tacoma's lead to 5-2. That's all Titan ace Joey Gamache would need as he cruised. Gamache would throw a complete game allowing only 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 10. Gamache would not walk any batters and improved his record to 3-0. The Titans would take the game 6-2.

Game 2 matched up TCC and Mt Hood in a re-match of last years opening round of the NWAACC tournament. The Titans used 2 hit by pitches in the 1st inning to create an early 2-0 lead. They would take on a few more with a balanced offense attack, having 7 hitters with at least 1 hit. Starter Stephen White had a solid outing limiting the Saint's hitters to only 2 runs, 1 earned. He would walk only 1 batter while striking out 4 to earn the win. Closer Ryota Kiowai would close out the final 2 innings to earn the save and preserve the Titans victory 6-2.

Sunday morning's game for the Titans was against Spokane. The top 3 hitters in the Titans order paved the way for the offense. Connor Cloyd, Jeremy Spring and Derik Bontempo would combine for 9 hits and 6 runs, led by Springs 4-hit day. CJ hicks would also contribute 3 hits as the Titans broke open the game with 5 runs in the 8th. Starting pitcher Patrick Bernard settled down after giving up a run in the 1st to go 6 1/3 while limiting Spokane to only 2 runs on 5 hits. TCC would take game 3 by a score of 10-2.

The final game for the Titans matched them up against Bellevue. With Tacoma down 1 in the 8th inning, pinch runner Quinn Eldridge would score on a wild throw from the catcher to tie the game at 3. With the score tied, a single and a throwing error by Bellevue allowed 2 more runs to score and give TCC the lead 5-3. Ryota Kowai would earn his 2nd save in as many days to preserve the win. Cloyd, Spring, JJ Pino and Matt Hirsch would all collect 2 hits in the game. Just Vernia pitch 8 quality innings to earn the win and improve to 3-0.

"This was a great test for our guys. To go 4-0 on the weekend against this quality of opponents, is a good step for us" said Head Coach Ryan Mummert. "Our pitchers had a tremendous weekend overall and hopefully we will use this as momentum to get ready for a tough conference season."

The win vs Bellevue was also Coach Mummert's 100th career win at Tacoma. His overall record so far while going into his 4th season is 100-45. Congrats to him on this great accomplishment.

Weekend Results: Tacoma 4-0, Everett 2-2, Mt Hood 2-2, Spokane 2-2, Bellevue 1-3, Pierce 1-3

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