Menlo 4, San Diego Christian 2
Date of competition: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Beginning the final series of the 2019 season, Menlo College needed some positivity to end its baseball season. Wednesday afternoon was a step in the right direction after the Oaks played one of their most complete doubleheaders of the season, using pitching and timely hitting to sweep the visiting San Diego Christian College Hawks. Game one ended in walk-off fashion, 4-2, and game two was more decisive with a 7-3 final. Menlo improves to 13-26 (9-21) while the Hawks fall to 15-31-1 (7-23).
Game 1: Menlo 4, San Diego Christian 2
Game of Jones, Ep. 1
Shane Jones made sure the briskly-paced contest would not enter extra innings with one swing of the bat. The game was tied heading into the bottom of the ninth and the Hawks had a fresh pitcher ready to go. Devon Canty led off the inning with a single and, moments later, Jones sent a towering fly ball down the left field line. It hooked towards the corner, but stayed fair and went onto the street for a game-ending two-run homer, the fifth of the year for Jones. He helped Menlo snap a seven-game losing streak.
Hawks pitcher Brock Mosier was dealing all afternoon on a day better suited for a casual beach volleyball match on the coast. Mosier matched the weather with a career-best 11 strikeouts, including four in a row at one point. Oaks starter Evan Dean didn't have the same strikeout totals, but was effective through five innings while allowing just one hit. Reliever Carlos Jimenez kept the Hawks in check, tossing four innings of one-run ball with three strikeouts to earn his second win.
A Brief Lead
Menlo took a 2-1 edge in the fifth when Donny Bendo delivered a one-out double. Rowan Ramsey was hit by the next pitch and, with two outs, Brice Foster singled to score two runs.
Game 2: Menlo 7, San Diego Christian 3
Game of Jones, Ep. 2
Menlo went on a two-out rally in the bottom of the fifth inning, the inning they took the lead and never looked back. Once again it was Jones providing the go-ahead jolt. With two down, and two runners on, Jones hit what looked to be a routine fly ball to right-center. The ball continued to carry and went all the way to track before it bounced in play, allowing two runs to score and the Oaks took a 5-3 lead after trailing entering the frame.
The Other Runs
The fifth inning was set up by some clutch hitting from the top of the order. With Travis Danielson on base, Donny Bendo doubled him home to make it 3-2 with two outs. Nick Adgar worked his way on via a walk and Dalton Maxwell singled through the right side to tie the game. Jones did the rest. In the sixth, Ramsey tripled home an insurance run and scored on a passed ball.
Parker Hall struggled through the opening two frames of the day, but finished on a high note, managing to get through 3 1/3 innings while allowing three runs. He left with two on and one out in the fourth but Jack Harris came on and needed one pitch to induce an inning-ending double play. After pitching a clean fifth, he gave way to Jacob Ramirez, who pitched two shutout innings to earn his fifth save, and give Harris his first collegiate win.
The series and the regular season concludes Thursday with an 11 am doubleheader with the Hawks. It's Senior Day for the Oaks and their 13 graduating players.
posted by Rick on Apr 24, 2019 at 6:38 pm
Shane Jones hit a home run in each game of the doubleheader. Photo courtesy of Menlo Athletics.
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