Menlo 10, San Diego Christian 2
Date of competition: Friday, March 22, 2019
by Ryan Barnett/Menlo Athletics>Br>
On a soggy Friday afternoon, Menlo College returned to Golden State Athletic Conference softball action, splitting a doubleheader with San Diego Christian.
Game one saw the Oaks lead for a majority of the game, before giving up the tying run in the seventh and go-ahead run in the eighth, falling 5-4.
The Oaks came back with a vengeance in game two, winning by the mercy rule 10-2 in five innings. Menlo improves to 12-19 on the season and 5-6 in GSAC play, while San Diego Christian goes to 10-19 and 2-10 in the conference.
Game One: SDCC 5, Menlo 4 (8 Innings)
Mouat Gives Oaks Late Lead
The game was tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Morgan Zimmerman, Malia Johnson and Regina Juarez delivered consecutive singles.
Wendy Mouat followed with a sacrifice fly.
Hawks Send it to Extras
Victoria Cervantes came in to pitch in the seventh looking for save. With one out, a walk and two hits loaded the bases. Another single tied the game and Cervantes was able to escape further damage.
International Tie-Breaker Proves to be the Difference
Hawks' Elizabeth Wilson was placed on second to start the eighth inning. She advanced to second on a groundout. With two outs, another single gave the Hawks the lead. The Oaks went down in order in the eighth.
Game Two: Menlo 10, SDCC 2 (5 Innings)
Out of the Hole Early
The Oaks came to bat in the first inning down 2-0. That did not last long. Ariana Belarde got things started with a single to center field and a stolen base. Lauren Harrison followed with an infield single, advancing Belarde to third. Makenna Weiler bounced a ball to third base. Belarde broke on contact and scored on an error. Zimmerman tied it with an RBI single.
Menlo took the lead in the second. Madi Sepp led off with a double, her first extra base hit as an Oak. Belarde reached on an infield single and Sepp scored on an ensuing error. Makenna Weiler stepped to the dish with runners on second and third and recorded an RBI groundout. Zimmerman delivered another RBI single, giving the Oaks a 5-2 lead.
Zimmerman Dazzles with the bat and glove
Zimmerman finished the day going 3-4 with a home run and five RBIs. She also made a brilliant defensive play in right field. Noemi Farfan hit a towering ball to deep right center to start the fifth inning. Zimmerman was playing shallow and on the line, but she made her way all the way to deep right center and made an outstanding sliding catch. Zimmerman, already with two RBIs, hammered a ball over the fence in center field, putting the Oaks ahead eight in the bottom of the fifth and ending the game.
The Oaks go to Arizona next weekend for a doubleheader in Phoenix against the Arizona Christian Firestorm. The Oaks will play two vs ACU as well as finish a game that was called earlier this season in Atherton due to darkness. The Oaks dropped their one game with ACU earlier this season 4-9. First pitch is set for noon on March 29.
posted by Menlo Athletics on Mar 22, 2019 at 10:54 pm
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