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Date of competition: Sunday, March 31, 2019
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By Ryan Barnett
Menlo College and No. 4 Georgia Gwinnett College met for the first time Sunday. Playing a neutral site doubleheader at Hope International in Fullerton, the Oaks finished a long weekend away from home with a pair of losses to the Grizzlies, 9-1 and 11-1. The Oaks fall to 14-24 while the Grizzlies improve to 29-7.
Game One: GGC 9, Menlo 1 (5 Innings)
The Lone Source of Offense
The Oaks bats were stifled for a majority of game one by senior pitcher Taylor Hansis, who took a no-hitter into the fourth. Nohea Hee broke it up with a leadoff single to left field. The ball was booted by the left fielder for the Grizzlies, allowing Hee to move all the way up to third. Katelyn Magana grounded out to second, scoring Hee from third.
Reyes Control Improving
Senior Sarah Reyes continues to improve her command of the strike zone. She entered the weekend with 23 strikeouts and 52 walks. She struck out three and walked one on Sunday and has 10 strikeouts against two walks over her past two games.
By the Numbers
The Oaks totaled three hits in the game, with Ariana Belarde and Taylor Railey joining Hee. Lauren Harrison walked twice, while Makenna Weiler and Wendy Mouat each walked once. Reyes threw 3 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs (six earned) on eight hits. Maddie Plazola pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, allowing an earned run on two hits and two walks, while striking out one.
Game Two: GGC 11, Menlo 1 (5 Innings)
Seniors Get Oaks on the Board
The Oaks were held to a single run in game two and it was generated by the two seniors on the team. Reyes got the Oaks going in the second with a leadoff walk. Magana grounded out, moving Reyes up to second.Regina Juarez hammered a doubled to deep left field for the Oaks, scoring Reyes.
Akimseu Provides Relief
Freshman Bailey Akimseu came in to pitch and tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and walking five. Although she lacked control at times, Akimseu was able to work out of continuous trouble to keep the final margin at 10.
The Oaks return to the Bay for a Thursday doubleheader with Notre Dame de Namur. The Argonauts are winless on the season at 0-29. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for noon on 4/4 at Wunderlich Field.
posted by Menlo Athletics on Mar 31, 2019 at 10:57 pm