The Oaks remarkable 13 game win streak is no more, thanks to a heartbreaking 9-6 loss in the final regular season home game of the year to the visiting Cougars of Azusa Pacific. Menlo seemingly had control of the game with a 6-0 lead heading into the top of the fifth. Offensively, first baseman Will Pierce and catcher Ty Finley swung the bats well early with both players picking up two hits including a two run home run by Will Pierce accounting for the Oaks' fifth and sixth runs of the contest.
On the mound, junior Chris Mazza was making his first start of the season and looked impressive over the first four innings. Mazza came into the fifth retiring 11 of his last 12 batters faced with four punch outs. In the top of the fifth the Cougars finally got on the board with a two spot and then added to that mark with three more in the sixth. Doing the damage for Azusa Pacific was leftfielder Trevor Lothrop who smacked a triple in the fifth and a double in the sixth, scoring in both frames. In total Lothrop went 3 for 4 with three runs scored.
With Menlo now clinging to a one run lead at 6-5, freshman John Schott put together a stellar outing in relief to preserve the one run advantage going into the top of the ninth. Schott tossed two and a third scoreless innings, getting critical outs in each of the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, setting up the Oaks for their 14th "W" in a row.
Menlo now called on one of their aces, sophomore Derek Martinez to close things out and the Palmdale native appeared to have it wrapped up. With the bases loaded and two out, Martinez was able to get catcher Matt Page to ground one to the shortstop Mazza, but a wild throw to first led to two Cougar runs and just like that the Oaks' 6-0 lead was now history. Azusa Pacific would tact on two more due to a Michael Brandi error and after a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth the win streak was officially snapped. Derek Martinez was the tough luck loser, giving up four unearned runs in the ninth, to drop his record to 7-4.Menlo will try to rebound after the tough loss as they hit the road for the first time in over five weeks. The Oaks will travel to Klamath Falls, OR for a four game series against Oregon Tech. Menlo swept the Owls in a four game set back in early March, winning two of the four on walk-off singles by Ty Finley and Joel Hull. A doubleheader is set for this Friday April 22 with first pitch slated for 4:00pm.