The Menlo offense has hit a bit of a rough patch, scoring just two runs for the second straight day on route to their second consecutive loss against San Francisco State. Much of the credit for today's 6-2 defeat in the rubber game of the three game set has to be given to Gators' starting pitcher Nic Banaugh. Banaugh held the Oaks offense at bay allowing no earned runs on just three hits in his six strong innings of work to pick up his first "W" of the season.
"He was able to hit his spots today and we failed to make adjustments at the plate," commented Oaks' leadoff hitter Joel Hull on Banaugh's stellar performance. "We kept waiting for a mistake and he didn't really make any. He pitched very well."
Menlo started the game in an early hole, as SF State was able to jump on Oaks' ace Adam Koontz. The Gators scored two in the first thanks to an rbi double by shortstop Drew Andersen and a sacrifice fly by first baseman Michael Sanchez. SFSU added two more in the 4th, which turned out to be more than enough with the way Banaugh was pitching, whose only blemish was a 5th inning two run home run by Menlo DH Corey Metoyer. Koontz who was tagged with his first loss of the season evening his record to 1-1, ended up going five innings, allowing five earned on 6 hits while walking two and striking out three.
Although today's loss leaves Menlo with a bitter taste, according to Manager Matt Daily there are some positives to take away from it. "It is good to see quality pitching this early. It should help us out for next weekend" claimed the Oaks' skipper. "Give them credit, they were able to locate the ball extremely well with quality pitches. Anytime you are able to do that it's going to be a positive thing."
Menlo, who now holds an overall record of 5-3, will try to snap its two game losing streak as they head to Montecito for a three game series against Westmont College beginning next Friday February 18. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00pm.