SANTA BARBARA, CA
After a rain soaked Saturday halted play for the Menlo Oaks, they came out today and split both games of a double header against a very strong Warriors team from Westmont College. Westmont came into the contest with an overall record of 6-2 and led by their lights out pitching they took the first game by a final of 2-1.
In the opener Menlo took an early lead after Chris Mazza's rbi double scored Paul Oakley to put the Oaks ahead 1-0 after the first inning. However after the first, the Warriors pitching settled down on their way to blanking Menlo for the game's final eight innings. Led by starting pitcher Michael Kwan and reliever Jacob Regalado, the Oaks were unable to get anything going offensively. Kwan picked up his first win of the season by going six solid innings while allowing only one run on six hits.
Regalado then came in and slammed the door on any hopes for a Menlo comeback, tossing three hitless innings to earn his second save of the season. Over on the Oaks' side, starting pitcher Derek Martinez pitched very well but was tagged with his second loss of the season, dropping his record to 1-2.
The second game of the twin bill took on a completely different tone with the Menlo offense leading the way. In the first game the teams combined for only three runs but with one swing of the bat by Oaks' catcher Ty Finley, Menlo was able to put up a four spot in the third inning. Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the third, the junior from Menlo Park blasted a grand slam to put the Oaks ahead 5-3.
Menlo padded their lead with big offensive performances by shortstop Chris Mazza and Designated Hitter Corey Metoyer on their way to an 11-5 victory. Mazza finished the game going 3 for 4 with an rbi, while Metoyer capped off his day with a 2 for 4, three rbi showing.
Over on the rubber for Oaks, reliever John Franco stepped up in a huge way. After Menlo ace Adam Koontz struggled in his three innings of work, Franco came in and kept the Warriors offense at bay. The senior from San Francisco pitched three shutout innings, allowing only one hit to pick up his first victory of the season, improving his record to 1-0.
With the double header split the Oaks now boast an overall record of 6-4. Menlo will return home this Tuesday February 22 for a matchup against Fresno Pacific University. First pitch is scheduled for 1pm.