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Baseball - Tue, Feb. 26, 2013
 

Santa Clarita, Calif. – On Tuesday afternoon, the Menlo Oaks (7-7) played two tight games with The Master's College (16-6) and ended the day with a doubleheader split. In game one, Joey Webb collected the win, tossing three scoreless innings. In game two, A.J. Work recorded his sixth win of the season for The Master's College surrendering just one run over six innings pitched.

Game 1:

Nothing but zeros were put on the board by the pitching staff's of both teams until the top of the fourth when the Oaks scored two runs on three hits and took the lead. With one out, John Bowling singled to center to bring up James Threw. Threw immediately doubled to left field, scoring Bowling from first for the game's first run. Threw was still on second when Mickey Phelps came to the plate and singled to left center, scoring Threw and giving Menlo the 2-0 lead.

That would be all the offensive support needed for the Menlo pitching staff. The Oaks sent five pitchers to the mound and their combined efforts earned the team a shutout victory. Webb got the start and earned the win going three scoreless innings, allowing no hits and striking out one. James Jensen worked the next three innings, scattering four hits and punching out two. Dustin Nakayama and Eric Davila combined for a scoreless bottom of the seventh and Kyer Vega finished things out with two scoreless, hitless innings. Vega struck out two and walked one to collect his second save of the season.

 
 

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WP: Joey Webb
LP: Daniel Sheaffer
SV: Kyer Vega

 

Game 2:

The second game of the day featured a little more offense, but a similarly tight final score. Kaimi Haina got his first start of the season for Menlo and surrendered just one run on four hits, striking out one and walking one in four innings. Alex Tenorio took the loss for the Oaks, working just two thirds of an inning, surrendering two runs on four hits.

Menlo did all of their scoring in the top of the first inning. They got to Mustang starter, Work early, scoring two runs on two hits. Phelps led off the game with a single to right center to bring up Threw. Threw attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt, but the pitcher Work was able to field it and throw to second to force out Phelps. Threw reached first on the fielder's choice. Daniel Comstock was up next and delivered a one-out RBI double to left center, scoring Threw and putting the Oaks up 1-0. Comstock advanced to third on a wild pitch and eventually came in to score on a passed ball, giving the Oaks the early 2-0 lead.

The Mustangs chipped away in the bottom of the fourth when Spencer Downs homered off of Haina, cutting the Menlo lead in half, 2-1. The Master's College scored the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the fifth off relief pitcher Tenorio. Tenorio was touched up for two runs on four hits and a walk in two thirds of an inning. Derek Rodrigues came on in relief and worked a scoreless inning and a third, but the damage was done. The Oaks were unable to muster any offense in the sixth and seventh and fell in game two by a final of 3-2.

 
 

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WP: A.J. Work
LP: Alex Tenorio
SV: Tommy Kister 

Menlo returns to Cartan Field on Friday to open up their conference schedule with a doubleheader against University of British Columbia. Friday's doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm.