LOS ANGELES, CA
Menlo showed a great deal of resiliency today as they were able to rebound after a tough start, beating Occidental College in the opener of a three game set by a score of 9-7. The Tigers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after Occidental first baseman Pedro Adape hit a three run first inning blast, putting Menlo in an early hole. But before you could blink an eye the Oaks bounced back with four of their own in the top of the second thanks to a three run homer by Menlo DH Corey Metoyer.
Things seemed to settle down after the first two chaotic innings, especially for Oaks' starting pitcher Sean Sweeney. Sweeney, who had a strong performance in the season opener, tossed a gritty seven innings in earning his second win of the season, bumping his record to 2-0.
From an offensive standpoint Menlo was led by second baseman C.J. Dailey who had a big day at the plate. The junior from Bellevue, WA went 3 for 4 with two doubles and was right in the middle of the Oaks' scoring with a big two run 6th inning double to give Menlo a solid 8-5 lead.The 6th inning lead was more than enough for Oaks' reliever Kyer Vega. Vega came on in the 8th and pitched a perfect final two innings to record his first save of the season. Menlo will try to make it three in a row to start the season tomorrow February 5 with the second game of a three game series at Occidental. First pitch is scheduled for 1pm.