A day after Menlo College's softball team was shut out in both games of doubleheader, a different host team showed up Sunday as the Oaks beat No. 9 Hope International in back to back extra inning games, 5-4 and 2-1. With the wins, the Oaks improve to 19-27 and 10-12 in the GSAC, while HIU falls to 36-11 and 16-6 in conference play.
Game One: Oaks Dominate the First Half
The Oaks gave up a run in the top half of the first before Victoria Cervantes stopped things in its tracks. She allowed the one run on three hits through four innings. That allowed Regina Juarez to tie the game with a single. Wendy Mouat scored on a wild pitch in the second to give the Oaks the lead. In the fourth, Taylor Railey tripled in a run and scored on Ariana Belarde's single.
Reyes, Hernandez to the Rescue
The Oaks saw their lead evaporate in the fifth, when Cervantes gave up three runs. Sarah Reyes came out of the bullpen and struck out the first batter she saw to end the fifth. Reyes found herself in some trouble in the top of the sixth. Two hits and a walk loaded the bases for the Royals with two outs. Reyes got out of the jam with another strikeout. Outfielder Keeley Hernandez also contributed to the win on defense. With runners at first and third and one out, Nicole Wise flew out to medium deep right field. Hernandez made the catch, then fired it home to beat the runner Alexza Sanchez for her second outfield assist.
Freshman Heroics (Part One)
In the bottom of the eighth, Nohea Hee went to second as the Oaks tiebreaker runner. Katelyn Magana bunted Hee to third and freshman Mia Thompson blooped a single to center field to end it.
Game Two: Reyes, Cervantes Combined Gem
Reyes got the start and pitched five innings, allowing a run on three hits. Reyes also hit her 11th home run, a solo shot that gave the Oaks a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Victoria Cervantes went three innings without allowing a hit and walking one.
Freshman Heroics (Part Two)
Ariana Belarde scored on a single by freshman catcher Makenna Weiler for the game-winner in the eighth inning of the second game.
Menlo hosts William Jessup for a senior day doubleheader on April 24. The Oaks swept Jessup in Rocklin earlier this season. First pitch is set for noon.
Menlo College lost its seventh straight, dropping both ends of a doubleheader Saturday to host William Jessup, 10-3 and 8-7. The Oaks (11-25, 7-21) led in both games
Rowan Ramsey gave Menlo a 3-2 lead in the first game with a fourth-inning sacrifice fly. Devon Canty opened the inning with a double and eventually scored on the flyout.
Travis Danielson hit a grand slam to put the Oaks ahead 5-0 in the second game. Canty also homered.
Menlo hosts San Diego Christian for a four-game series beginning April 24.