Erceg powers, pitches Menlo College to baseball victory


Lucas Erceg homered among three hits, drove in a pair of runs and pitched the ninth for his second save as the Menlo College baseball team beat host Cal State Sonoma, 3-1, in a nonconference game Tuesday.

Dalton Maxwell added two hits for the Oaks (8-3), who won their fifth straight. Nate Harris tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Mack Boone to earn the victory.

Lucas Erceg
Garrett Gemgnani drove in a run in the first inning and the Seawolves tied it in the second.

Enter Erceg, who hit a solo homer, his third of the year, to put the Oaks ahead in the eighth. He also singled in a run in the top of the ninth before moving over from third base to take the mound in the bottom of the ninth.

Erceg struck out the first hitter he faced and then gave up a single before inducing a line drive double play to end the game.

Menlo, undefeated in six games at home, opens Golden State Athletic Conference play with a three-game series against visiting Biola, beginning Friday at 2 p.m. and followed with a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.

Men's basketball

Menlo's Brad Sawin scored 26 points, including a layup with three seconds left in overtime, but visiting No. 24 William Jessup was able to hold on, beating the Oaks, 89-87, in a Golden State Athletic Conference game Tuesday.

Menlo (9-16, 3-9 GSAC) hosts Vanguard at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Sawin was 4-of-4 from long range and 6-of-6 from the foul line for the Oaks, who were looking to beat their second ranked team of the year.

Rosendo AmayaWood added 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Tyler Evans was 8-of-8 from the charity stripe and ended with 14 points.

Ben Graham scored 11 points and Ryan Wilson added nine points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Women's basketball

Aaliyah Sowards hit a basket with seven seconds remaining to play to pull Menlo with two points of visiting William Jessup but could never completely overcome a 16-point deficit and dropped a 62-58 Golden State Athletic Conference contest to the Warriors on Tuesday.

The Oaks (11-14, 4-8 GSAC) host No. 11 Vanguard at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Vanessa D'Amico led Menlo with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. Emma Briggs added 12 and Sowards had 10.

Briggs hit a pair of jumpers and Anisah Smith hit a pair of free throws to pull the Oaks within 57-54 with 1:51 left to play.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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