Boucher's home run keys Menlo College baseball comeback

Alex Boucher had two hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs as the Menlo College baseball team extended its winning streak to four with a come-from-behind 10-7 win over visiting Hawaii-Hilo in a nonconference affair on Tuesday.

The Oaks (13-14) trailed, 7-1, going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Boucher's three-run homer provided the spark for the winning rally.

Menlo scored nine runs in the sixth and seventh combined and Colton Heckerl pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief of Dustin Nakayama to earn the win.

Kyer Vega got the final four outs to record his third save and his second in as many days. Vega is Menlo's all-time save leader.

Nick Quejado drove in the Oaks' first run with a single in the third, helping Menlo cut into Hawaii's lead.

The sixth opened with singles from Sam Shapiro, Kapono Thibodeaux and Eduardo Sanchez, which produced one run. Gino Franco reached on an error that scored another run and set the stage for Boucher.

Sanchez, Ryan Coonan and Franco each drove in runs in the seventh to cap the comeback.

"The vibes are good, the guys are loose and offensively we're doing such a nice job," Menlo coach Jake McKinley said. "We fell behind but we slowed the game down and found ways to score some runs. This team definitely plays with momentum and when we have it we're pretty tough."

Menlo turns its focus to a weekend conference clash with the No. 2 team in the nation, Lewis-Clark State. Friday's doubleheader is set for noon.

— Menlo Athletics


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