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Menlo College 10, San Diego Christian 5

Date of competition: Friday, March 10, 2017

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For the second time in three weekends, No. 6 Menlo College Baseball found themselves in sunny San Diego for a weekend series. This time, it meant a little bit more, taking on conference rivals in San Diego Christian College. Menlo lost 14-9 the day before to Biola, the first game they had played since receiving the #6 ranking in the nation. They played up to that level of respect on Friday, scoring 10 runs early in the game before cruising to a 10-5 victory over the hosting Hawks. Menlo is now 18-3 on the season, 6-1 in GSAC games, while San Diego Christian is 5-12, 4-9 in conference matches.

The Oaks offense was quiet for the first two innings of this game, but they used a pair of big innings in the third and sixth to stake themselves to a massive lead. It all got started in the top of the third, with both teams failing to record a run thus far. Reed Kienle was hitting ninth and walked to lead off the inning. The next batter was Nick Quejado, who hit a ball back to the mound and an ensuing error put both runners aboard. In stepped Joe Gillette, having a fine season in his first year at Menlo. Gillette blasted one to right field, going opposite field for his seventh home run of the season, and giving Menlo a 3-0 lead. It was also significant in that Menlo did not homer the day before, the first time Menlo did not hit one out of the park this season. They changed that in a hurry, and would add to their total before the day was through.

The final seven runs of the game for Menlo were put up in the sixth inning, and as alluded to above, the long ball played a very vital role. Dean Aliamus led off the inning with a walk, and Andrew Cox followed with a single to center, and he was pinch run for by Justin Bruce. After a strikeout, Quejado single to left field to load the bases and put Menlo one swing away from blowing the game open. That would have to wait for a couple of batters, as Gillette and Dalton Maxwell both received walks to drive in a run, making it 5-0. For Gillette, it gave him an early 4 RBI. With two outs in the inning, Jordan Getzelman tied Gillette in RBI for the day with one swing. He sent a ball over the wall into left field, nearly getting one towards the nearby ocean, for a grand slam. His team-best tenth home run of the season made it 9-0. Not to be outdone, Eduardo Sanchez went opposite field to right field for a home run of his own, going back-to-back with Getzelman. His second of the season made it 10-0 and capped off the Menlo scoring in a big way.

Jason Alexander was on the mound for Menlo, and he made his time count. He went the first six innings of the game and was about as tidy as one could be. He allowed just a single hit to lead off the second inning, no runs, no walks, and five strikeouts. He retired the final fifteen batters he faced in one of his best starts of the season, and when the offense is providing runs like it was today, he could just go out and there and do his thing without a worry.

San Diego Christian got their five runs in the game in the bottom of the seventh with Thomas Cox on the mound, who allowed five hits in his one inning of work. The first three runs came in without recording a single out, but then was able to settle down and retire the next two hitters on groundouts, though they did score runs for the Hawks. Brian Ransom came in to pitch the final two innings and while he did allow a pair of walks, he struck out two and did not allow a hit to seal the deal in a relatively easy fashion.

The series against San Diego Christian wraps up on Saturday with a doubleheader, scheduled to start at 11:00 AM. Menlo will be going for the second conference series sweep in as many weekends.

-- Menlo Athletics

posted by Menlo Athletics on Mar 11, 2017 at 12:02 am

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