Craig Loper, EDN Sports
The LCC baseball Titans split a doubleheader at home versus Linn-Benton Saturday, moving them to 13-5 overall and 7-1 in the NWAACC Southern Region on the year.
The Titans won the first game 13-7, but dropped the second 8-4.
Sophomore pitcher Dawson Phinney got the start in the first game and tallied his third win of the season for the Titans, finishing five total innings and giving up nine hits before freshman Martin Brown took over on the mound.
Freshman second baseman, and former North Eugene star, Shaun Boehm continued his hot streak at the plate, finishing 3-4 with six RBI’s, including a two-run homerun in the first inning to give the Titans a 2-0 lead.
Boehm is hitting .407 this year, and first-year head coach Josh Blunt is pleased.
“He’s a stud,” said Blunt. “He can flat out hit. The hardest thing in college baseball is to find kids who can hit on a daily basis. He’s as polished as anyone I’ve seen.”
Although Boehm and the Titans surged early, Linn-Benton would answer with a surge of their own in the second and third innings, scoring two runs on four hits in the second and three runs on four hits in the third, making it 5-2 after three innings.
After a defensive shutout to start the fourth, the Titans got the bats going once again, in the bottom of the inning.
Freshmen Alex Cornwell, Blake Montague and Bilal Finch each started the inning with singles, loading the bases for Lane. After a popout by freshman Spencer Smith, sophomore Daniel Katayama would single to bring in a run and set up Boehm for a double and two more RBI’s, giving the Titans a 6-5 lead after four.
Even with streaky hitting, Blunt feels his team hasn’t hit their potential offensively quite yet.
“I think we’re in decent position offensively,” Blunt said. “We still haven’t hit stride. We’re still not executing offensively through a full game but we’re certainly scoring enough runs.”
The dominance would continue and the Titans pulled away in the seventh inning, scoring six runs on three hits.
Montague finished 3-3.
Spencer Smith would get the start in the second game for the Titans, and while he would end the day with a loss, he finished 2-3 with a double and three RBI’s at the plate.
The game remained close until the final inning. The Titans led Linn-Benton 4-3 heading into the ninth, but the Roadrunners scored four runs to finish the game.
Blunt was disappointed with the loss, but also saw the positive. “It’s important to be tested,” he said.
Garret Miller was the winning pitcher for Linn-Benton.
The Titans take on Chemeketa in another doubleheader at home this Tuesday at 1pm. Freshman Tyler Johnson is expected to start game one, and Nic Coffman game two.