For the first time all season the Oaks finally lost a game, ending their season opening-winning streak at three. Menlo did take the weekend series 2-1 against Occidental College, but was unable to overcome a rough start today as the Tigers put up six runs in the first two innings on their way to a 6-3 victory.
Oaks' starter Tristan Heckerl made his season debut but came out with some cobwebs, getting knocked out in the second inning. Control issues plagued Heckerl on his way to earning the first loss of the season, dropping his record to 0-1. The junior from South Korea only gave up only one hit, but his three walks, two hit batsman, and one wild pitch put Menlo in an early hole.
Offensively, the Oaks struggled for their first time on the young season scoring a season low three runs on only five hits. Menlo had trouble figuring out Occidental starting pitcher Ross Pomerantz who earned his first "W" of the season. Pomerantz tossed a strong six and two thirds surrendering five hits, while walking two and striking out five. Brooks Belter earned his first save of the season by pitching a hitless 2.1 innings.
The Oaks didn't get on the board until the 5th with the help of first baseman Will Pierce. Pierce, who singled and scored in the inning, was the only Menlo player to do any damage with the bat going 2 for 3 with two runs scored and one run batted in.

The Oaks will try to get back in the win column this Tuesday February 8 against Biola University with senior Adam Koontz as the probable starter. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30pm at Cartan Field.