Freshman catcher Daniel Comstock hit a home run and doubled among his three hits, driving in three runs as the Menlo College baseball team ended the regular season with an 8-0 victory over visiting College of Idaho in the second game of a doubleheader Monday.
James Jensen threw a six-hitter, walking two and striking out six, in throwing the complete game shutout. The Oaks (19-9, 30-17) won five of their final six games and 21 of 25 since a four-game losing streak in early March.
College of Idaho edged the Oaks, 4-3, in the first game.
With one week remaining in conference play (Menlo has a bye this weekend), the Oaks can finish no lower than third place and could finish second depending on results this weekend. Lewis and Clark State clinched the regular-season title.
The NAIA West Conference tournament begins on Wednesday, May 1, at Concordia University in Portland.
Jensen lowered his ERA to 2.64 with his second shutout of the season. He leads the team with 71 2/3 innings pitched. Jensen averages 1.63 walks per nine innings.
The pitching trio of Jensen, Derek Martinez and Joey Webb started 30 of the team's 47 games and combined to go 16-8 with a 2.44 ERA. Menlo's team ERA is 2.89.
Jimmy Bosco, the only Menlo player to start and play in all 47 games, leads the Oaks in several offensive categories, including batting average (.417), runs (46), hits (73), doubles (22), home runs (14), RBI (53), walks (23), slugging percentage (.806) and on-base percentage (.498).
Comstock singled home a run in the first and hit a two-run home run in the second to help the Oaks grab a 5-0 lead after two innings.
Menlo finished the season with a 19-3 record at home.
Corey Metoyer, Michael Brandi and John Bowling also drove in runs for Menlo.
Jensen gave up hits to the first two batters in the ninth but then got the final three outs to complete the shutout. He retired 10 of 12 batters during one stretch of the contest.