Menlo College 15, St. Katherine's 4
Date of competition: Friday, February 24, 2017
POWAY, Calif. – In the second game of a six-game road trip to Southern California, Menlo College baseball continued to show no signs of wear and tear. Not having a home field so far in 2017 would prove to be a struggle for most teams, but not this one. 17 hits were recorded on the evening, including 11 hits of the extra base variety, and Menlo smashed St. Katherine College 15-4 in the first of a rare five-game series. With the win, this year's Oaks team became the first in program history to win 11-straight games, surpassing the record of 10 set in 2013. Menlo is now 11-1 on the year while St. Katherine is 7-7.
The offense was quiet for the most part on Thursday in Santa Barbara, but that was not the case on Friday night, evident in the very first inning. After five batters came up to the plate, Menlo had already scored five times. Nick Quejado led off the game with a booming double to right field, and he was followed by Joe Gillette who tripled to right center. Dalton Maxwell increased the lead to two with a double down the right field line. Julian Jarrard hit fourth and singled up the middle to score Maxwell and make it 3-0. Jordan Getzelman put the exclamation point on the inning with a blast to left center that just barely cleared the wall for a two-run home run. Five batters in, five runs. Menlo would never look back.
Once again, it was the top of the order causing havoc against the pitching staff for St. Katherine in the second inning. With one out, Quejado tripled to center field after the St. Katherine centerfielder dove and came up empty. Gillette did the exact same thing, except to right field, earning his second RBI-triple of the game and make it 6-1 Menlo. Maxwell singled to center to make it 7-1, and then Julian Jarrard crushed a no-doubt shot to left field to once again cap the scoring in the inning in the most fashionable of ways. Menlo took a 9-1 lead into the bottom of the second.
Two more runs were scored in the top of the fourth, though the rally was much more quiet, though just as exciting. Maxwell and Jarrard went back-to-back in the inning, with Maxwell launching one to right field and Jarrard going to left field once again. Menlo would not add to their run total until the top of the eighth inning with another crooked number, this time created by others in the lineup. Gillette led off the inning with his third triple of the game, giving him a whopping five in the early portion of the season. Chance Tindall was hit by a pitch, and Jarrard drove in Gillette on a sacrifice fly to make it 12-3. With two outs, Eduardo Sanchez singled to the gap in right center, advancing Tindall to third. Peter Saldana came up next and he hit a blast to left field that cleared the wall for his first homer of the season, a three-run shot. 15-3 was the score, and Menlo would eventually hang on for a 15-4 to win.
Brett Solano got the nod on the mound for Menlo, and he had some good stuff. A continued theme of the Menlo pitching staff has been good control, and Solano did not walk a single batter. He went the first six innings of the game, allowing single runs in his first and last innings. He scattered in five hits along with five strikeouts in his solid outing, earning his third win of the year. Jordan Tagawa and Taner Harrel pitched the final three innings of the game, with Tagawa pitching two of those and allowing two runs (one earned).
The series continues Saturday at Poway High with a doubleheader between Menlo and St. Katherine. First pitch on the day is slated for 1 pm, with another doubleheader on Sunday at 10 am.
-- Menlo Athletics
posted by Rick on Feb 25, 2017 at 2:23 am
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