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Kuhaulua pitches a shutout to help Menlo sweep a baseball DH

 

Ashkhon Kuhaulua tossed a two-hitter in the first game and Jason Alexander followed with six strong innings in the nightcap as the host Menlo College baseball team swept a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader, 9-0 and 5-1, from Arizona Christian on Friday.

The Oaks (18-7, 5-3 GSAC) have a single game against the Firestorm scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, though a storm coming through the area may effectively postpone it.


Kari Grow
Kuhaulua hardly seemed affected by anything as he faced three batters over the minimum in recording his second shutout of the season. The team leader with 46 2/3 innings pitched, he owns a 1.16 ERA on the year.

Kuhaulua has 65 strikeouts on the season, 14 coming against Arizona Christian. He retired 11 in a row during one stretch and was helped by a pair of double plays. He also picked off a runner.

Center fielder Nick Quejado, Menlo's leadoff hitter, homered, tripled and drove in three runs as the Oaks won their seventh straight and improved to 15-2 at home.

Chris Berry added a three-run triple in the bottom of the third, giving Kuhaulua a cushion.

Quejado's two-run triple in the eighth provided bonus points.

In the nightcap, Garrett Gemgnani's two-run single in the third highlighted a four-run outburst that gave Alexander all the support he needed. Dalton Maxwell also drove in a pair of run and Dane Fujinaka, who caught both games, had three hits.

Skylar Fuss earned his third save of the season after he replaced Alexander with two on and no outs. He struck out the first batter and then allowed a single that loaded the bases before getting the final two outs.

Softball

Menlo split two games with visiting Arizona Christian, inning the opener 12-5 and falling 8-4 in the second game of the Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader.

The Oaks (9-8, 3-1 GSAC) already postponed Saturday's doubleheader against San Diego Christian and hope to get in Monday's scheduled DH against visiting Simpson.

Jessica Salsbury (7-3) went the distance, recording her sixth complete game of the season.

Menlo scored five times in the fourth to open a 7-1 lead over the Firestorm. Consecutive doubles from Salsbury, Mary Hall and Kari Grow produced a pair of runs. Megan Wright added an RBI single and Brooke Shigematsu belted a two-run homer.

In the second game, Brooke Menesini had two hits and drove in a run. Grow added a pair of safeties. Mackenzie Wright homered for the Oaks.

Wrestling

Three of the four Menlo wrestlers who qualified for the NAIA national championships in Topeka, Kan. reached the quarterfinal of the event with wins Friday.

125-pounder Troy Lakin, 141-pounder Steele Escobedo and 174-pounder Justin Lozano each have a chance at a national title Saturday.

165-pound Joseph Jaurgui was knocked out of the tournament after losing twice.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Menlo Athletics

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