Menlo 13, Arizona Christian 9
Date of competition: Friday, March 29, 2019
Menlo College won two of three from Arizona Christian on Friday, though the teams only played ma total of 16 innings. The Oaks and Firestorm resumed a March 2nd contest that began in Atherton and was postponed due to rain. That game as tied at six in the bottom of the fifth. The Oaks earned a 9-8 victory. Runs were the theme of the day as the two teams combined for a total of 48 runs. The two wins move Menlo to 14-20 on the season and 7-7 in GSAC play while Arizona Christian falls to 22-12 overall and 6-8 in GSAC action.
Short Inning Victory
Lauren Harrison hit her second home run of the season, a three-run blast to left, to give the Oaks a 9-5 advantage. The Firestorm tallied a pair of runs in the top of the sixth but it would be all they got as Maddie Plazola slammed the door to earn the save.
Game One Recap
In the first game of the regularly-scheduled DH, the Oaks and Firestorm were locked in a slugfest. The teams combined for 21 runs on 24 hits, including 13 extra base hits, four of which were homes runs by the Firestorm. When the dust settled, ACU was the proud owner of a walkoff two run home run to shock the Oaks who had led much of the way.
Menlo scored in three of seven innings, doing damage by scoring three in the fourth, four in the fifth and three in the sixth. ACU countered with runs in five consecutive innings from the third on, all but one were multi-run innings.
Eight different Oaks had hits in game one, including three multi-hit efforts. Harrison had a pair of hits including a double and also added a walk and three RBI. Makenna Weiler had two hits, a run and an RBI and Wendy Mouat drove in a pair with a two-hit effort. Ariana Belarde blasted her first home run of the season, driving in three runs.
Game Two Recap
Menlo featured a consistent offensive attack punctuated by a seven-run top of the sixth that led the Oaks to a 13-9 victory. The Oaks banged out 18 hits and took advantage of four Firestorm errors in the winning effort.
Three’s a Crowd
Three different Oaks had three or more hits. Harrison, who already had a home run on the day, tallied a 3-for-4 day with a pair of doubles and three runs scored. Sarah Reyes, pulling double duty in the circle and in the batter’s box, went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI and Mia Thompson, playing third base, had a 3-for-4 night with two runs and an RBI. Three other Oaks, Ariana Belarde, Wendy Mouat and Taylor Railey each had two-hit efforts. Railey drove in four runs to lead all hitters.
Big Sixth Inning
Trailing 9-5, the Oaks needed some late-inning magic to turn the tide. The Firestorm committed two errors and the Oaks took full advantage. When the sixth inning ended, Menlo led 12-9. They tacked on one more run in the seventh. Victoria Cervantes earned the win with 2 1/3 scoreless frames in relief of Bailey Akimseu.
The Oaks remain in Arizona, taking on Ottawa-Arizona for two games on Saturday.
posted by Rick on Mar 29, 2019 at 11:37 pm
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