ATHERTON, Calif. – Menlo College Softball was concluding their series against the Arizona Christian Firestorm on Saturday morning. This would be the second game of a two-game series against these two squads. Menlo won the first game of this series in a game that took place on Thursday by a final school of 4-0. The Oaks played from behind much of the game but would not be denied as the Menlo offense ignited in the fifth and sixth inning to win today's game by a final score of 8-3. The Oaks improve to 20-15 on the season and 6-8 in Golden State Athletic conference play while Arizona Christian drops to 16-19 overall and 4-10 in conference play.
Arizona Christian would draw first blood in this game as they scored two runs in the top of the third thanks to an error by Oaks pitcher Jordan Kennedy and a RBI single. It would take some time for Menlo to get on the board, as they would be held scoreless through the first four innings. Menlo would finally score in the bottom of the fifth as Bryce Etzler hit a two-RBI double to knock in Cassie Grana and Lauren Harrison. Later in the inning, Sarah Reyes would drive in Bryce Etzler on a sacrifice fly to right field. Going into the sixth, Menlo would lead 3-2.
The Firestorm would tie the game in the top of the sixth as they scored on bases loaded hit by pitch to even the score 3-3. However, The Oaks would score five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Keeley Hernandez would start things up for Menlo with a two-run home run. Sarah Reyes kept the offense rolling with a two-RBI single to bring in Cassie Grana and Lauren Harrison. The final run of the inning came when Bryce Etzler scored on a pass ball. Menlo would not allow the Firestorm to score in the top of the seventh and would go on to win 8-3.
Jordan Kennedy picked up the win for the Oaks as she pitched six and a third inning, allowed two runs (unearned), off three hits, walked five and struck out five. Bryce Etzler had a monstrous day at the plate as she went 4-4 with two runs and two RBI's. Sarah Reyes drove in three runs as she went 1-3. Lauren Harrison went 2-4 and scored two runs.
The Oaks will get a few days off before they return the diamond as their next game is not until March 30th when Menlo hits the road to take on St. Katherine College. This will be the first match-up between these two schools as the previous contests were rained out. First pitch of game one will come at 12:00 p.m. in San Marcos, California.