Titans baseball splits doubleheader with Roadrunners

04/14/2011 14:40

Sophomore John Linscott in the middle of his wind up during an April.12 game against Linn Benton. He pitched the game’s first seven innings before Zach Kayser relieved him.CONTRIBUTED BY DANA TRANBERG

Sophomore John Linscott in the middle of his wind up during an April.12 game against Linn Benton. He pitched the gameís first seven innings before Zach Kayser relieved him.

It was a tale of two teams for the LCC baseball team when the Titans took on Linn-Benton in Albany April 12.  After suffering a tough 6-3 loss in the opener, the Titans came back to shut out Linn Benton 4-0 in the nightcap.

Sophomore pitcher Nick Phillips led the way with a one hitter on the mound for LCC with a complete game. Sophomore first baseman Darrell Hunter and freshman catcher Jordyn Van Atta led the team offensively, each going 3-7 on the day with a double and RBI.  ν  SEE BASEBALL » 9

In the opener, the Titans (11-11, 6-4 Southern Region) led 3-1 through the first six and a half innings with Van Atta and sophomore Joe Offer each getting an RBI single.

Sophomore starting pitcher John Linscott was in complete control of the game until the middle of the seventh inning. The game started to unravel for LCC when third baseman Josh Schlegel threw errantly to first base to start the inning, the first of two LCC errors in the inning.

From that point on the Roadrunners (11-11, 5-5) would take the momentum and pound out five hits, including three doubles to take a 6-3 lead, which secured the victory.

Linscott would be taken out after only recording one out and freshman pitcher Zach Kayser would come on to get the next two batters to both ground out and end the Roadrunners’ run.

“John pitched well enough to win,” head coach Dean Stiles said. “We just needed to back him up with better defense.”

In the nightcap, sophomore pitcher Nick Phillips made sure his team went home with at least a split of the day’s games. While giving up one hit in the third inning, he was in complete control of the game due to dominating pitch locations.

“Everything was just working out there for me today,” Phillips said. “Coach was calling the right pitches and my defense backed me up the whole time.”

Unlike the first game, the defense didn’t commit a single error and made some stellar plays out in the field, including third baseman Nick Brooks’ diving catch in foul territory right up against the fence.

The offense also got going in the second game putting together four runs on six hits and three walks. The Titans’ big inning came in the top of the third when the men scored their first two runs without getting a hit. They used their walks and hit by pitches to get on base and then ran the bases aggressively to put pressure on Linn-Benton.

The Titans scored a run in the fifth and sixth innings to secure the victory.

“We played defense in game two which gave us the chance to win it. We settled down and played catch,” assistant coach Jeff Lyle said. “Nick did a great job of throwing to contact and allowing his defense to back him up. We had great pitch selection in the second game and hit the ball with runners in scoring position.”

The Titans hope to host Chemeketa on Saturday for a doubleheader with the first game set to begin at 1 p.m., weather permitting.