Menlo 7, Hope International 6
Date of competition: Friday, March 22, 2019
By Ryan Barnett/Menlo Athletics
Opening the weekend in southern California, Menlo College took on one of the top teams in the conference in Hope International University. The Oaks were coming off a competitive four-game series against No. 5 Westmont and they put on another show Friday, splitting the first two games of the series, both by scores of 7-6. The Oaks are now 8-11 (4-7) while the Royals are 16-14 (11-7).
Game One: Menlo 7, HIU 6
Starting Off Strong
The Oaks opened with four unanswered runs. Shane Jones got things going in the first with a two RBI single, scoring Travis Danielson and Nick Adgar.
In the second, with the bases loaded, Donny Bendo lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Matt Palomino.
In the third, Palomino singled to left, scoring Brice Foster.
Mission Duo Shuts the Door
Brandon Deitzman and Jacob Ramirez have been nothing short of spectacular out of the bullpen this season. Ramirez entered the game with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth and stranded all three. He pitched a total of 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Dietzman got the ball in the ninth and held the Royals scoreless to save the victory.
Have a Day Palomino
Freshman infielder Palomino had a stellar outing in game one, going 3-4 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI. He started his day leading off the second with a double and scored a run. He drove in a run the third.
Palomino headlined an impressive contingency of newcomers for the Oaks, including Aaron Flores (2-3 2B RBI), Nikolaus Dobar (4 IP 2 ER), and Ramirez (2.1 IP 0 ER)
Game Two: HIU 7, Menlo 6
The Oaks once again got off to a quick start, taking the lead in the top of the first. Donny Bendo, Nick Adgar, and Dalton Maxwell all walked to load the bases. The Royals retired the next two batters keeping the bases loaded. Pitcher George Castillo then let a pitch get away from him, and Bendo scored to give the Oaks an early lead. The lead was surrendered in the bottom half, but the Oaks would strike for two more in the second.
Bendo scored on another wild pitch and Nick Adgar scored on an RBI single by Dalton Maxwell.
Tying it Up Late
The Oaks trailed 6-4 heading into the sixth inning. With one out, Adgar got the offense started with a single. Dalton Maxwell doubled moving Adgar up to third. Travis Danielson then laced a single to center field scoring Adgar.
The Oaks executed a perfect double steal, as Danielson took second and Maxwell scored on the throw. Midway through the sixth, the Oaks and Royals were tied at six.
The Oaks have two more with Hope International on Saturday. First pitch is set for noon.
posted by Menlo Athletics on Mar 22, 2019 at 10:37 pm
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