Womens Softball

Menlo College wins 2 games, NAIA SoCal Classic

Date of competition: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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LA MIRADA, Calif. – With wet weather on the horizon, scheduling adjustments were made at the NAIA SoCal Classic for Wednesday.

Menlo College didn't seem to mind, warming the atmosphere with its hot bats, winning twice on the first day of the tournament.

Menlo improved its record to 8-3 by beating Embry-Riddle, 14-3, and

Game 1
The Menlo offense burst forth from the first at bat and never once looked in the rear view mirror, scoring five times in the first inning of an 8-0 victory over Embry-Riddle.

Natalie Dorsey got it all started with a base on balls and Bryce Etzler singled. After a strikeout, Keeley Hernandez dug in and took advantage of a golden opportunity, driving in a pair.

The Bears just kept hitting as Ariana Belarde singled and then teamed with Hernandez on a double steal. The next two batters walked and a wild pitch scored Belarde.

As an encore, Morgan Zimmerman walked to open the second and set in motion another scoring rally. The free passes were being handed out like $5 off business cards at a busy intersection.

Brooke Menesini turned an out into a sacrifice fly, Hernandez drove in another run and the Oaks were well on their way.

It was a two-pitcher affair for the Oaks in the first game. Victoria Cervantes got the start and Kris McIntrye came in relief. Cervantes was solid in her three innings of work, allowing three hits and one run with one strikeout.

McIntrye did not allow an earned run during her two innings of work, scattering two hits.

Hernandez was 3-3 with 2 runs and 5 RBI.

Game 2
Sarah Reyes got the start for the Oaks and allowed runs in each of the first three innings, two unearned.

Menlo put its hand warmers on and the bats started heating up again. Reyes led off the third with a single and Dorsey walked. Hernandez and Menesini each drove in a run to tie the game. Brooke Shigematsu singled to put the Oaks ahead.

McKenna Vega drove in a pair of runs and Jordan Kennedy, who came in relief, shut out Marymount over the final 3 2/3 innings to assure Menlo of the 6-3 victory.

Three games are on tap for Menlo on day two, beginning with a noon game against the College of Idaho.

-- Brian Brownfield, Menlo Athletics

posted by Rick on Feb 16, 2017 at 1:21 am

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