SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Menlo's series against the Gators of SF State shifted to San Francisco and so did the score as the Oaks dropped the middle game of the set by a final of 4-2. After Menlo got on the board in the top of the first courtesy of a two out rbi single by shortstop Chris Mazza, SFSU's pitching took control of the contest, holding the Oaks to just one run on only five hits over the final eight innings.
Menlo seemed unable to muster up any kind of offense against Gators' starting pitcher Branden Petrangelo. Petrangelo went seven strong allowing only one earned run on seven hits while walking one and striking out ten to earn his second win of the season, improving his record to a perfect 2-0. Building off the dominance of Petrangelo, reliever Matthew Cummins pitched a hitless final two innings to pick up his second save of the season.
Over on the Oaks' side, starting pitcher Derek Martinez threw in a solid effort of his own but was a victim of sloppy defense by Menlo as well as aggressive SF State base running. Martinez gave up two runs in the bottom of the first thanks in part to a critical wild pitch, and then one in the second after Gators' third baseman Andrew Suvunnachuen stole two bases and came across to score on a pass ball by catcher Ty Finley.
Then with Menlo trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the 6th Martinez gave up his final run on the afternoon after a balk and a key error by Oaks' third baseman Michael Brandi put a SF State base runner on third with less than two out. In total Martinez gave Menlo a respectable six innings while allowing three earned on just four hits with one walk and an Oaks' starting pitcher season high eight strikeouts. Martinez was tagged with the loss dropping his record to an even 1-1.Menlo whose record is now at 5-2, will close out its series against the Gators back at home with the rubber game of the three game series to begin at 2:00pm. The Oaks will send out ace Adam Koontz who is looking to build off his stellar first start of the season, a seven-inning two earned run victory.