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Menlo 7, Oregon Tech 5

Date of competition: Friday, March 29, 2013

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Menlo returned to NAIA West play for the first time in nearly two weeks on Friday and took both ends of a doubleheader from Oregon Tech.

In the first game, Menlo earned a come-from-behind victory when Jimmy Bosco put the Oaks ahead 7-5 with a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth.

In game two, Derek Martinez earned his third win of the season with a masterful seven-inning, seven-strikeout performance. The Oaks improved to 19-14 (8-6), while Oregon Tech falls to 12-24.

Trailing by one run entering the bottom of the eighth inning of the first game, Menlo sent the top of their order to the plate and they came through in a big way. Mickey Phelps led off the inning with a single to bring up Kyer Vega who followed suit with a single of his own.

With runners on first and third nobody out, trailing 5-4, Menlo’s Bosco once again proved himself to be one of the best hitters in the NAIA when he hammered a Raf Belloc pitch out of the park to put the Oaks ahead 7-5.

The home run was the ninth of the season for Bosco who is now tied at second for most home runs in the country. Despite his penchant for the long ball, Bosco was simply looking to put a ball in the outfield to tie the game and give his team a chance to win, but he came through with much more.

“I just wanted to stay inside myself and see the ball a long time and just have a good approach. Home runs will happen in situations like that when you aren’t really trying to, it’s kind of weird how baseball works,” said Bosco. “More than anything, you just need to get something to the outfield so that run can score.”

Menlo began their seven-run effort with a run in the bottom of the third inning. Ryan Connan drew a one-out walk and eventually scored on a Mickey Phelps RBI fielder’s choice.

Two more scored in the fourth on a two-run double to left-center off the bat of Corey Metoyer. Vega and Bosco scored on the play. Back-to-back doubles from Coleman Cox and Coonan scored the fourth run of the game to set the stage for the three-run eighth inning.

Joey Webb got the start for Menlo and worked seven innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on seven hits. He walked one and struck out six in the no-decision. Dustin Nakayama collected his first win of the season working a scoreless top of the eighth. Vega slammed the door in the ninth to earn his fourth save the season.

Derek Martinez tossed a gem in the nightcap. In seven innings of work, Martinez allowed just one run on four hits, walking three and striking out seven. The win is his third of the year and the seven-inning, one-run performance lowered his season earned run average to an impressive 1.95.

Menlo got on the board early when Ronnie Schivo singled to lead off the third inning and came around to score on a Bosco RBI single up the middle. Michael Brandi led off the bottom of the fourth with a triple and was brought in when Ryan Coonan drove a sacrifice fly to left.

Schivo drew a two-out walk, stole second, and scored on a Phelps RBI single. At inning’s end, Menlo led 3-1.

The Oaks tacked on two more in the fifth when Bosco doubled and Metoyer singled to put runners at first and third for Coleman Cox. A two-run double to left plated both runners and gave Menlo a four-run lead. Leading 5-1 in the eighth, Cox added another run with his second homerun of the season - a solo shot to left.

Kaimi Haina and Eric Davila each worked a scoreless inning in relief to complete the 6-1 victory.

The Oaks have won 9 of their last 10 and have outscored opponents 100-32 during that span. Menlo head coach Stefan McGovern is pleased with the way things are starting to come together mid-way through conference play.

“Our mindset is that no lead is too great right now and that’s what winning teams do,” said McGovern. “No one doubted that we could come back in the first game. I was also very happy to see a great pitching performance from Martinez in the second game. Guys just picked each other up and we’re starting to do it in all facets of the game right now.”

Menlo will complete the weekend set with a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. James Jensen will get the nod in the first game with Burke Seifrit starting game two.

-- Menlo Athletics

posted by Rick on Mar 29, 2013 at 11:56 pm

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