Menlo 3, Cal State San Marcos 2
Date of competition: Friday, April 19, 2013
In a festive atmosphere celebrating the careers of four Menlo seniors, the Lady Oaks put an exclamation ppoint on the end of the 2013 home schedule with a pair of emphatic victories over third-ranked CSU San Marcos on Friday afternoon.
Game one featured the first collegiate home run for junior Alyssa Holland, and it could not have come at a better time. Trailing by a run with a runner at second and two down in the bottom of the eighth, Holland connected on a 0-1 pitch and sent it soaring over the center field fence.
The walk-off blast broke Menlo’s 7-game losing streak and put them in position for a special afternoon.
In game two, Mikayela Viramontes and the Lady Oaks pitching staff waded through difficult situations en route to a 3-2 win and doubleheader sweep.
CSU San Marcos stranded nine base runners in the loss. The sweep concludes the home schedule, but Menlo returns to conference play to finish the regular season schedule with a doubleheader at William Jessup Saturday at 2 p.m. The win improves Menlo to 17-25 (4-10) while CSU San Marcos falls to 36-8.
In game one, Justine Roscoe and Courtney Allen were in control from the onset.
The two pitchers traded scoreless innings until CSU San Marcos broke the tie with a run in the sixth. Jiana Bowie came on in relief of Roscoe to start the sixth and walked the first batter she faced and then fell behind 1-0 to the next hitter before exiting the game in favor of Roscoe returning.
An RBI single plated the run, but Roscoe retired the next two batters to hold the score at 1-0.
The Lady Oaks were trailing by one in their last at-bat when Kayla Cisneroz led off the inning with a lead off double. Jessica Soliai laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Cisneroz to third. The tying run came in to score when Ululani Reyes got just enough of a pitch from Allen and dropped it into shallow right for a game tying single.
The Cougars took advantage of the international tiebreaker runner in the top of the eight to take a one-run lead. The run set the stage for the late-inning dramatics of the Lady Oaks. Jordan Pascual started the eighth inning at second. Emmeline Wang was up next and singled to put runners at the corners with no outs. Things quickly turned grim when Nadia Le’I struck out swinging and Wang was caught stealing for a double play. With two down, a runner at first, and Menlo trailing by a run, Holland came through with the biggest hit of her career in Menlo navy blue and white.
Trailing in the count the Menlo junior squared up a 0-1 offering from Allen and sent it flying over the centerfield fence for the walk-off win.
Head coach Michell Vlahos was incredibly proud with the way her team played in the game and couldn’t say enough about Holland’s game winning at-bat.
“That was her first collegiate home run and to do it in that fashion was amazing. She’s the type of athlete everyone wants 10 of. Alyssa stepped up and showed what she was made of in the last inning,” she said.
Justine Roscoe earned the win for Menlo, her tenth of the season. She worked eight innings allowing just one run on four hits, striking out two and walking one. Courtney Allen took the tough-luck loss, just her fourth of the season. She went 7.2 innings allowing three runs on five hits while punching out six.
In game two,CSU San Marcos touched up Viramontes for two runs on three hits but she settled in and put up four scoreless innings following the two-run first.
Menlo was quick to answer with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first. With two outs, Kayla Cisneroz reached on a fielder’s choice then stole second. Nicole Larson was up next and singled to put runners at second and first for Mary Hall.
During Hall’s at-bat, Cougar catcher Tani Lasau attempted to throw behind the runner returning to first but the throw was wide and allowed Cisneroz to come in and score. Hall eventually drew a walk to bring up Casey Showalter who tied the game 2-2 with an RBI single, scoring Larson.
That was all the scoring until the bottom of the fourth when Menlo broke the 2-2 tie. Larson led off the inning with her second single of the day and advanced to second on a Hall sacrifice bunt. Senior Sara Pedretti added a memory to her senior day with what proved to be a game-winning hit. She singled up the middle to drive in Larson and give the Lady Oaks a 3-2 lead.
Tricia Davidson came on in relief and worked a scoreless top of the sixth inning. She returned to the circle to attempt to close things out in the seventh. Davidson retired Melyssa Bellamy on an illegally batted ball but then hit a batter and surrendered a single before giving way to Roscoe.
With runners at second and third and one out, Alex Miller hit a ground ball back to Roscoe who threw home and initiated a run-down of Kaitlin McGinley between third and home. McGinley was eventually tagged out when she collided with Roscoe in front of home plate and Roscoe was able to hold on to record the second out.
The game ended, fittingly enough, on a ground out to sure-handed senior shortstop Ululani Reyes who threw to first to end the game as well as her impressive four-year career at Wunderlich field.
Vlahos was thrilled with the way her team responded to the recent seven-game skid and came out ready to play on Friday.
“The full team competed and it’s what we’ve been looking for all year,” said Vlahos. “There wasn’t a single moment when they weren’t focused and into the game and playing for each other.”
Viramontes earned the win tossing five innings allowing two runs on eight hits, striking out a pair.
-- Menlo Athletics
posted by Rick on Apr 19, 2013 at 9:25 pm
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