TCC IN FIRST-PLACE TIE
With another four-game sweep last weekend – this time over Centralia – Tacoma Community College moved into a tie atop its regional standings with Pierce College at 14-2.
Matt Bell continued his recent mastery on the mound by pitching the Titans to a 1-0 win in the opener on April 28, pitching all nine innings while allowing just four hits, with one walk and five strikeouts. The sophomore lowered his season ERA to an astounding 0.44 in over 61 innings pitched. Outfielder Clayton Brown scored the game’s only run in the seventh inning.
Tim Dean combined with Ryan Skoubo and Talon Sisley on a 5-0 shutout in game two, as Erich Armstrong was 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored, and Chad Michaud added two RBIs for the Titans.
The pitching dominance continued on April 29, as TCC emerged with a 3-2 win in 15 innings in the opener. Garrett Picha allowed just one run on four hits in eight innings, with no walks and four strikeouts, and Jamie Daniel picked up the win in pitching two and one-third scoreless innings.
Jeff Larabee closed out the weekend by pitching the Titans to a 4-1 win, throwing six and two-thirds innings and allowing an unearned run on one hit, with no walks and three strikeouts.
The wins improved the Titans’ overall record to 27-6, while the pitching staff lowered their combined ERA to 1.98 on the season. The Titans have another key matchup when they travel to Clark for a doubleheader on May 5 at 1 p.m. before hosting Clark on May 6 in another 1 p.m. doubleheader.
LUTES FINISH IN SECOND
The Pacific Lutheran baseball team dropped two of three to Pacific (Ore.) at home last weekend to finish in second place in the Northwest Conference.
The Lutes started the weekend by banging out 19 hits – all singles – in a 12-3 wipeout of the Boxers on April 28. Seven Lutes registered multi-hit games, led by shortstop Nicholas Hall, who was 4-for-5 with four RBIs. PLU put up five runs in the first and led 10-1 after four innings, as Ryan Frost finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs, Brock Gates was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBIs and Jacob Hoffman and Corey Moore each had three hits and two runs scored. Trevor Lubking limited the Boxers to just one run on two hits in seven innings pitched, with six walks and eight strikeouts.
The Lutes fell 13-5 in the nightcap, giving up eight runs in the final three innings. Hoffman was 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored, and Frost was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Errors killed the Lutes as Pacific won 9-5 in the finale on April 29, with all but three of the runs being unearned. Left fielder Bo Pearson was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Hoffman finished a solid weekend by going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
The Lutes complete their season with a non-league tournament in McMinnville, Ore., playing George Fox on May 4 at 6:30 p.m., Linfield on May 5 at 3:30 p.m. and Lewis-Clark St. on May 6 at noon.
LOGGERS AND LUTES RACE AT WIRA
Both Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran took place in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships on April 28-29 at Lake Natoma, Calif.
Three Logger boats rowed in the Grand Finals, with both the Women’s Novice Four and Women’s Varsity Eight taking fifth place while the Women’s Two Varsity Eight took fourth.
The Women’s Novice Four was the first to row on the day and took fifth in the Grand Finals with a time of 8 minutes and 14.1 seconds. The Women’s Two Varsity Eight was up next and had another solid performance by finishing in seven minutes and 28.8 seconds. The Women’s Varsity Eight ended the championships on another positive note as the only Division III boat in the Grand Final. The Loggers time of 7 minutes and 10.6 seconds was good enough for fifth, edging UC San Diego but coming in just behind Seattle Pacific.
For Pacific Lutheran, the Women's Varsity 8+ placed fourth out of five boats in the DII/DIII/Club petite final. Lewis & Clark won the race with a time of 7 minutes and 15.5 seconds, while PLU was just six seconds back in 7 minutes and 21.7 seconds. In the Men's Varsity 8+ final, Gonzaga placed first in 5 minutes and 57.6 seconds, while the Lutes boat was fifth in 6 minutes and 31.5 seconds.
The teams will now await the announcements of the selections to the NCAA Championships, which will be aired on NCAA.com on May 14 at 4 p.m. The Loggers will be seeking their 10th consecutive selection to the national regatta.
LUTES COMPETE AT INVITATIONAL
Samantha Potter had a career best in the discus and a season best in the shot put to lead Pacific Lutheran's performance at the Saint Martin's Invitational track and field meet on April 28.
Potter, a sophomore, won the shot put with a mark of 38 feet and five and one-quarter inches, and placed second in the discus at 139 feet and four inches. Jorgina Moore had a personal best of 134 feet and 9 inches in the hammer, good for fourth place, and Katie Jahnsen ended up fifth in the discus and eighth in the hammer.
Mike Vavricka had the top finish among the PLU men, placing second in the shot put at 49 feet and one inch. Tevon Stephens-Brown had a personal record with a throw of 48 feet and two and three-quarters inches, which was also a PLU freshman record. Brendan Peterson was fifth and Kyle Peart sixth in the event. Peart finished third, Ryan Ransavage fourth, Bjorn Berkedal seventh and Stephens-Brown 11th in the hammer.
On the track, Jeffrey Tolman ran a personal best 15.55 to place third in the 110 hurdles, while Alan Bell was eighth in the event. David Fisher placed fourth in both the open 400-meter dash and the 400-meter hurdles.
PLU, UPS GET SOFTBALL HONORS
Pacific Lutheran netted 10 selections while Puget Sound collected two when the All-Northwest Conference Softball Teams were announced on May 1.
Headlining the list was the Lutes’ Stacey Hagensen, who earned the Conference Pitcher of the Year after going 20-5 on the year with a 1.11 ERA. Kaaren Hatlen also earned a selection on the first team after leading the Lutes with a .449 batting average, nine homeruns and 51 runs batted in. Outfielder Montessa Califano and infielder Lindsey Matsunaga also got first team selections, while infielder Amanda Hall, outfielder Amanda Goings and catcher Katie Lowery were named to the second team. Puget Sound’s Aryn Grause was also named to the second team after contributing at second base and at pitcher for the Loggers. Logger catcher Chrissy Atterson earned Honorable Mention, as did Lute infielders Glenelle Nitta and Haley Harshaw.