For the first time in nearly a month, the Menlo baseball team lost a game.
In the opener of a four-game NAIA West series, Concordia got the better of the Oaks in a 1-0 pitcher's duel on Friday.
Joey Webb (5-2) took the tough-luck loss, tossing seven innings allowing just one run on three hits, striking out nine and walking five.
The loss was just the second of the season for the senior who lowered his earned run average below 3.00 in the loss.
Jimmy Bosco tripled and Michael Brandi singled for the lone hits of the evening for Menlo. Daniel Comstock walked three times in four plate appearances.
Menlo's best chance to score came in the second inning when Daniel Comstock walked, Brandi singled, and James Threw walked, all with one out, to load the bases.
A pair of fly outs ended the threat and left three stranded. Menlo stranded seven runners in the game.
Concordia scored their only run of the game in the sixth inning despite going hitless in the stanza.
With two down, Webb hit Ben Talbot. Julian Burgess came on to pinch run and promptly stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. He scored on a wild pitch.
The loss is the first loss in the last 13 conference games for the Oaks. Menlo falls to 25-15 (14-7) while Concordia improves to 19-21 (10-11).
The two teams meet Saturday in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.