Menlo 5, Vanguard 3
Date of competition: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Menlo returned to the road for a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader to play a pair of rescheduled games at Vanguard due to an early season rainout.
Menlo continued to use their hot bats to pound out runs, winning both games of the double header and extending their current win streak to six games. The Oaks pushed their record above .500 in game one with a pair of ninth inning runs to collect the 5-3 victory over the Lions.
In game two, Menlo scored seven runs on 11 hits to convert the doubleheader sweep. They improve to 15-13 (6-6) on the season while Vanguard falls to 12-17 (6-11)
In game one, Vanguard held a 2-0 lead before the Oaks mounted their comeback in the top of the sixth with a pair of runs on three hits. Alex Boucher got things started with a single to center. He was eventually forced out at second on a failed sacrifice bunt attempt. With one out and a runner on first, Ronnie Schivo drew a walk to put runners on first and second.
With two outs, Coleman Cox came through with a single up the middle to plate a run. Jimmy Bosco tied the game, 2-2, with a single through the right side.
The Oaks took their first lead of the afternoon with a run in the top of the seventh on a Boucher sacrifice fly to right which scored Ryan Coonan. The 3-2 lead did not last for long with the Lions adding a single run in the bottom of the eight to tie the game at 3.
A big top of the ninth proved to be enough to put the Oaks on top to stay. Corey Metoyer was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and bring up Daniel Comstock. Comstock singled through the left side to advance pinch-runner Sam Shapiro to second. John Bowling came on to pinch run for Comstock.
With runners on first and second with no one out, Michael Brandi laid down a sacrifice bunt to put both runners in scoring position for Boucher. A single to third base and a subsequent throwing error plated both Shapiro and Bowling to give Menlo a two-run cushion heading into the bottom of the ninth.
Kyer Vega shut the door in the bottom of the ninth to collect his first win of the season. Vega worked 1.2 scoreless innings in relief allowing just one hit while striking out three.
Eric Davila got the start for Menlo, his first of the season, and tossed 7.1 innings surrendering three runs (two earned) on eight hits. Davila punched out two and walked one.
In game two, the offense stayed hot for Menlo as they pounded out seven runs on 11 hits, including a 5-run top of the second inning, to coast to a game two victory. Jimmy Bosco continued his dominance at the plate with another multi-hit game.
In total, Bosco was 3-for-4 with three RBI’s, including a three-run home run in the big top of the second inning. Coonan, Vega, and Comstock rounded out the offensive output with two hits each.
Alex Tenorio collected his second win of the season, allowing three runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking three. The win improves his record to an even 2-2 on the season. Dustin Nakayama collected the save, having pitched three scoreless innings and holding the lead for the Oaks.
The save was the first of the season for the right-hander who also lowered his ERA below 1.00 in the solid effort.
Menlo will conclude the rescheduled games with a final meeting with Vanguard Wednesday afternoon. The game is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm from the VU Baseball Field.
posted by Rick on Mar 19, 2013 at 9:33 pm
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