Menlo 3, Westmont 0
Date of competition: Saturday, March 16, 2019
By Ryan Barnett/Menlo Athletics
On a perfect day for baseball, Menlo College split a doubleheader with visiting No. 5 Westmont, winning game one, 3-0, and falling 8-3 in the nightcap. The Oaks trailed by a run for the majority of game two. Menlo's record is 7-10 (3-6 GSAC) while the Warriors go to 22-3 (9-3).
Game One: Hall Starts Strong
Menlo junior southpaw Parker Hall started the first game, recording the best outing in his Oaks career. Hall retired the first six batters he faced and took a no-hitter into the fourth. He finished with a one-hitter over six innings, striking out two and walking three.
The Big Inning
Wyatt Nebe led off the third with a single and Donny Bendo walked. With one out, Nick Adgar was hit by a pitch and Dalton Maxwell singled up the middle to drive in a run. Menlo scored again when Shane Jones reached on an error. Brice Foster singled home another run.
Ramirez Hard Earned Save
When Hall walked the leadoff hitter in the sixth, closer Jacob Ramirez entered the game. He gave up a hit to the first batter faced and then retired eight straight to earn his fourth save.
Game Two: Bendo Strong at the Top
Bendo did his job for the Oaks, going 3-4 at the plate and scoring a run. Bendo improved his batting average to .353 on the season, and his on base percentage to .500.
The Comeback Attempt
The Oaks fell behind 4-0 in the top half of the first, but from that point on, the comeback was on. Starter Ryan McCarthy was chased from the game after allowing free passes to the first two batters of the second inning, giving way to Carlos Jimenez, who set down the first six batters he faced. The Oaks offense came alive in the bottom of the third. Bendo led off with a single and went to third on Adgar's double. Maxwell followed with a 2-run double and Danielson looped a single to plate another run. That was the extent of Menlo's offensive production.
The Oaks hit the road for a four game series with Hope International. The Royals are 15-13 on the season and 10-6 in GSAC play. The Oaks are 3-7 all time vs HIU and won two of three vs. the Royals last season. First pitch on Friday is set for 11 a.m. in Fullerton.
posted by Menlo Athletics on Mar 17, 2019 at 4:05 pm
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