The Menlo College softball team ended a four-game losing streak with a nonconference doubleheader sweep of Notre Dame de Namur, 7-3 and 5-4, Thursday in Atherton. Both teams battled but the Oaks came through with the key hits and solid pitching. Menlo improves to 16-24 on the season. The Oaks head to San Diego for a Saturday night doubleheader with San Diego Christian. The Hawks are 10-25 on the season, and split a pair with the Oaks earlier this season. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.
Game One: Menlo 7, NDNU 3
Early Crisis Averted
Notre Dame de Namur took a 1-0 lead. Lauryn Zabat lined a double down the left field line to lead off the third. Sarah Reyes fanned the next batter she faced, but gave up a single to Megan Lawson, who stole second, putting runners on second and third with one away. Reyes pitched out of the jam by inducing a pop up and a hard one-hopper to first.
Katelyn Magana led off the bottom of the third with a single up the middle and moved to second when Keeley Hernandez was hit by a pitch. One out later,Lauren Harrison dropped a single into right field, scoring Hernandez. The ball was misplayed, allowing both runners to move up 60 feet. Makenna Weiler bounced out to second, scoring Belarde and moving Harrison to third. Reyes followed with a booming double into right field, scoring Harrison. Regina Juarez delivered a clutch single for another RBI.
Juarez and Magana: Picture Perfect Game
Magana and Juarez combined for five hits in five at bats in the contest. Magana singled twice and Juarez recorded three hits, including a double.
Game Two: Menlo 5, NDNU 4
The Oaks scored early in game two. Ariana Belarde opened with an infield single to shortstop, followed up by back to back walks to Harrison and Nohea Hee to load the bases. Reyes followed with a two-run single. A wild pitch and sacrifice fly from Magana accounted for two more runs.
Cervantes in Top Form
Victoria Cervantes came in to pitch with one out in the third, replacing starter Maddie Plazola. Cervantes brushed off a one-out, bases loaded situation to help the Oaks maintain their lead. The Argonauts eventually scored the tying run but did not take the lead. Hee then drove home the winning run.