Arizona Christian , Menlo College
Date of competition: Sunday, February 26, 2017
By: Luke Halgerson
PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Menlo College Softball played the final two games of a four-game road trip Sunday, as it took on Embry-Riddle. Entering play, the Oaks held a 7-2 lifetime record against Embry-Riddle and had not lost to them since March 24th, 2015. It's a different year, though, there were different results. The teams split the doubleheader. Menlo won the first game, 12-7, and lost the second, 8-0, in a six-inning game.
There were fireworks in game one as the teams combined for 19 runs and 29 hits. Menlo fell behind but it didn't take long to get up to speed. The Oaks gained the lead for good in the top of the fourth and Brooke Shigematsu kept the offense going in the top of the fifth, hitting a solo home run to push the lead to 7-3.
The Menlo offensive onslaught continued into the sixth with a five-run rally. Ariana Belarde scored on a base-loaded walk, Sarah Reyes followed on a ground ball and then Morgan Zimmermann emptied the bases with a three-run homer and a 12-3 lead.
Embry-Riddle scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth but that's as close Embry-Riddle came.
Morgan Zimmermann had an excellent game, going 3-for-4 at the dish with three runs and four RBI. Lauren Harrison had a spectacular game as well going a perfect 4-4 at the plate with one run and two RBI's. Shigematsu played a big part in the win as she went 2-4 with three runs and two RBI. Victoria Cervantes picked up the win for the Oaks, pitching three and a third while only giving up four hits and no runs.
The Oaks were held scoreless in game two and managed three hits. Menlo gave up three runs in the first inning to Embry-Riddle and it was all downhill from there for the Oaks.
Going into the bottom of the third inning the Oaks were down 3-0 and the deficit would double due to the fact that Embry-Riddle scored three more runs. Embry-Riddle would score two more runs in the fourth and fifth innings of action. By the end of the game, the Oaks would lose by a final score of 8-0. Menlo would have more errors then hits in game two with the Oaks finishing with 5 in the contest.
Victoria Cervantes picked up the loss in game two for the Oaks. Cervantes pitched a third of an inning allowing, one run off three hits. Ariana Belarde, Natalie Dorsey, and Brooke Shigematsu tallied the only hits for the Oaks. Menlo left six runners on base in the game. By splitting the series with Embry-Riddle, Menlo moves to 13-7 overall and 1-1 in GSAC play.
Menlo returns to Wunderlich Field for a six-game homestand that begins on Friday with a game against GSAC foe Hope International. Coming into the game, the Oaks have a 7-3 overall record against the Royals and are on a seven-game winning streak against Hope International. First pitched is scheduled for noon.
posted by Menlo Athletics on Feb 27, 2017 at 1:07 am
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