After a rough go of things over the weekend, the Menlo College softball team returned to action Monday for a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader with host William Jessup. Whatever hampered the Oaks bats over the weekend seemed to be cured as the Oaks swept the Warriors 16-2 and 8-6. With the sweep, the Oaks improve to 9-14 and 4-1 in GSAC play, while the Warriors fall to 7-8 and 2-3 in the conference.
Game One: Menlo 16, WJU 2
Top of the Lineup Production
The Oaks attacked early and often against the Warriors. The first four spots in the lineup, Lauren Harrison, Ariana Belarde, Morgan Zimmerman, and Sarah Reyes, combined to go 10-for-11, with three home runs, 12 RBIs and 12 runs scored. Reyes delivered a two-out, two-run home run in the first inning to get thiongs started. The top of the order came through again in the third, with Zimmerman delivering a two RBI single. Reyes launched a grand slam over the left field fence in the fourth while Belarde and Zimmerman each drove in runs in the fifth.
Akimseu Goes Over the Fence
Freshman Bailey Akimseu made her first career hit something to remember. She pinch hit for Regina Juarez with Wendy Mouat standing on first. Akimseu hammered a ball that traveled over the center field fence to plate the final two runs of the game. Akimseu, who was hitless in her first nine at bats, became the seventh Oak to leave the yard this season, joining Lauren Harrison, Morgan Zimmerman, Sarah Reyes, Keeley Hernandez, Maddie Plazola, and Malia Johnson. The record for most Oaks to hit a home run in a single season is 12, set in 2015.
Picture Perfect Defense
The Oaks did not commit an error in game one, the third such game for the Oaks. Shortstop Taylor Railey was the busiest player in the field, recording four putouts and two assists. This helped pitcher Victoria Cervantes strand six of eight base runners allowed.
Game Two: Menlo 8, WJU 6
Hee Stays Hot
Freshman catcher Nohea Hee has been swinging a hot bat of late and that continued Monday. From the ninth spot in the lineup, Hee went 2-4 with four RBIs. Coming into this week, Hee had three total RBIs. After appearing in five games for the Oaks in the span of the past four days, her RBI total has risen to 12. She's also seen her average climb from .240 to .316.
Reyes Settles in Nicely
Starter Sarah Reyes struggled early, allowing three runs in the first two innings, but settled in from there. She helped herself with a two-run blast to right field in the third inning. Menlo added two more runs in the inning, putting the Oaks up by a run. Reyes did not allow the Oaks to relinquish the lead as she delivered four scoreless innings before hitting a bump in the seventh.
The Oaks stay on the road for the weekend for a doubleheader with No. 14 Vanguard Lions. The Lions are 15-3 and 7-1 in the GSAC.