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Baseball - Sat, Mar. 2, 2013
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Atherton, Calif. – The Menlo Oaks (8-8) returned to Cartan field on Friday to kickoff their 2013 conference schedule with a doubleheader against University of British Columbia. (7-7) The games were polar opposites; in game one, offense proved to be the storyline, while pitching dominated the landscape of game two and helped the Oaks to split the doubleheader.

Game one:

*** Update: The result of game one of the Mar. 1 doubleheader between Menlo and UBC was overturned and ruled a forfeit on May 22 due to the participation of an ineligible player by UBC. The team record has been adjusted to reflect this change. 

Sean Sweeney took the loss in game one for the Oaks. Sweeney tossed 5.2 innings allowing seven runs, five earned, on seven hits and three walks. The win went to Sean Callagari who pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in relief for the Thunderbirds. Callagari scattered four hits and two walks en route to the victory.

UBC got on the board first with an unearned run in the top of the second. That was the only run scored by either team until the fifth inning when the bats came alive.

Leading 1-0, UBC scored two in the top of the fifth. A trio of hits and an error led to the two-run inning. Austin Fruson and Tyson Popoff each singled with one out to bring up Sebastian Wong who drove a run in with an RBI ground out to third. A Greg Densem RBI single rounded out the scoring in the inning, giving the Thunderbirds the 3-0 lead.

Menlo quickly erased the lead and tied the game in the bottom half of the inning. James Threw led off with a single to left and quickly stole second. While on second, the pitcher Throton threw a pick-off attempt into centerfield to allow Threw to advance to third. Mickey Phelps took advantage and smashed a sacrifice fly to deep right, scoring Threw. The Oaks then did some damage with two outs. Daniel Comstock reached on an error by UBC shortstop Tyson Popoff. The errant throw went into the Menlo dugout and Comstock moved up to second on the play. That brought up Jimmy Bosco, who was intentionally walked to face Corey Metoyer. Metoyer was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Michael Brandi. Brandi also drew a free pas, this time a walk, to score the second run of the inning. Menlo tied the game with a two-out bases loaded single from Coleman Cox.

UBC quickly answered with a four-run top of the sixth, which effectively put the game out of reach for the Oaks. The Thunderbirds scored four runs on three hits and a pair of walks to take the 7-3 lead. Menlo answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth, but that was all the scoring they would do for the remainder of the game.

A run was tacked on in the top of the eighth by UBC to bring the score to 8-5 where it would stand.

 

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WP: Sean Callagari

LP: Sean Sweeney

Game 2:

In game two, Derek Martinez and Alex Graham were locked into a pitchers dual on the mound. Nothing but zeros was put up on the scoreboard as the bats for both teams were silenced from the onset. Graham took a no-decision in the loss. He pitched five scoreless innings allowing just three hits and striking out four. Martinez tossed a complete game gem for Menlo. The senior right-hander went the distance striking out 14 and allowing just three hits to collect his first win of the season.

Martinez had command of his fastball and got ahead early in counts and got hitters out with an impressive change-up. Martinez credits a lot of his success on Friday to his off speed stuff.

"My change-up really helped a lot. I had that on the entire game and if it's on you can just throw fastball, change-up and get away with it, which is a lot of what I did today," said Martinez.

Alex Webb came on in relief for UBC in the sixth. Webb threw two scoreless innings before eventually giving up a three-run bottom of the eight to collect the loss. In the eighth, Kyer Vega drew a lead off walk to bring up Comstock. Comstock grounded into what looked like a tailor-made double play, but second baseman Tunrer Spears couldn't handle the hop and allowed both runners aboard for Jimmy Bosco. Bosco hammered one to deep center, scoring Vega. Comtock attempted to score from first on the play but was gunned down at the plate for the first out of the inning. Metoyer stepped up next and extended the Menlo lead with an RBI single to score Bosco. The final run of the inning came after pinch runner Sam Shapiro advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Threw RBI single to left.

With the 3-0 lead, Martinez tossed a scoreless top of the ninth to secure the win.

"Derek pitched outstanding and he's been our horse for the last three years. It was nice to see him go the whole game because at times we didn't give him run support," said Menlo head coach Stefan McGovern. "He did everything that was needed of him and you can't say enough about his performance today. That's what he's capable of doing every time he steps on the mound."

The win moves Menlo to 8-8 (1-1) on the season while UBC drops to 7-7 (1-1). The two teams will meet up again Saturday at 11:00am for a double header to complete the four game series.

 

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WP: Derek Martinez

LP: Alex Webb