Menlo splits DH with, Oregon Tech
Date of competition: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Menlo College and visiting Oregon Tech split a nonconference baseball doubleheader on Saturday.
Game 1: Oregon Tech 7, Menlo 2
A big fourth inning put OIT in charge.
Menlo took a 2-1 lead on an Eric Whitfield double that scored Joe Gillette in the bottom of the third.
In the fourth, the Owls scored four runs to take a 5-2 lead.
Alexander Thompson turned in a stellar day at the plate. In the first game, Thompson accounted for four of Menlo’s eight team hits.
Eric Whitefield had a great game in his own right, supplying nearly all of Menlo’s extra base hits with a pair of doubles and an RBI. The only other double came off the bat of Joe Gillette who drove in a run as well.
Thompson finished the day a remarkable 6-for-7 and made some stellar plays at first base.
Justin Bruce made his third career start for Menlo. He worked out of trouble early and gave the Oaks a solid six innings in which he allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits while striking out eight and walking just two.
Game Two: Menlo 6 OIT 3
Bruce played center field in game two and led off the contest by depositing the first pitch of the game over the left field fence.
The Oaks went on to score one or more runs in five separate innings.
After OIT regained the lead with a two-run second, the Oaks answered with a run in the bottom of the inning They did this with the first career RBI hit for starting third baseman Stephen Chipman, a transfer from Cuesta College. Chipman drove in Alex Thompson with the shot.
Joe Gillete, who hit 15 homers for the Oaks a season ago, blasted a no-doubt shot over the trees lining Alejandra Ave. to tie the game at 3-3. Menlo took the lead later in the inning when Foster drove in Eric Whitefield. The Oaks would never look back.
Menlo (2-2) hosts Simpson in a three-game series beginning Friday with a single game at 2 p.m. and a doubleheader at 11 a.m. Saturday.
-- Menlo Athletics
posted by Rick Eymer on Jan 20, 2018 at 9:04 pm
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