REDDING , CA
Coming off a rough 13-0 trouncing at the hands of Fresno Pacific, Menlo traveled to Redding, CA looking to put together a strong showing against the Red Hawks of Simpson University. The Oaks were able to rebound by winning the opener of the doubleheader by a final of 6-4, before dropping the second game by the exact same score.
The first game featured a tight back and forth affair with the score deadlocked at three after seven innings. In the top of the eighth Oaks third baseman Michael Brandi broke the tie with a booming rbi double to give Menlo a slim 4-3 lead. The Oaks were able to pick up some insurance runs in the top of the ninth thanks to a Chris Mazza two run single to extend the lead to 6-3. Mazza's two run single capped off a career day for the junior from Clayton, CA as he went 2 for 3 with an impressive 5 rbis, and then went on to pitch the bottom of the ninth to record his second save of the season in Menlo's 6-4 "W."
The second game of the twin bill saw the Oaks' Derek Martinez lose his consecutive scoreless innings streak, which had reached 19 innings before being broken up by a Chris Moody rbi single in the bottom of the fourth. In total, Martinez tossed five and two thirds innings while giving up six earned on eight hits to pick up his third loss of the year to even his record to 3-3.
Offensively, Menlo was unable to really get anything going against Red Hawks' starting pitcher Brad Hurn. Hurn went five and two thirds while surrendering just one earned run on three hits to pick up the "W." Although the Oaks were kept at bay for most of the game, they were able to put together a valiant comeback attempt in the final inning.
Trailing 6-1 heading into the seventh, Menlo cut the deficit to 6-4 thanks in part to a two run triple by Colin Forgey, which brought the tieing run to the plate. Unfortunately for the Oaks and their fans, Simpson reliever Adrian DeMar struck out Chris Mazza and Michael Brandi to end the game, giving the Red Hawks the 6-4 victory.With the doubleheader split Menlo pushes their overall record to 12-9 with a conference mark of 6-4. The Oaks scheduled Sunday doubleheader against Simpson was rained out so they will take a week off before heading into a critical weekend series against Patten University. Menlo will be looking for revenge after dropping three of four to the Lions a mere two weeks ago. Saturday's doubleheader (March 19) is set to get underway at 12:00pm.