By: Luke Halgerson
ATHERTON, Calif. – Menlo College Softball as of late had been playing some of their best ball in the program's history. Coming into today, the Oaks were on a 10 game winning streak and had not lost since March 18th, when they were defeated by William Jessup University in Rocklin, California. Menlo would look to stay to their winning ways as the Oaks had a doubleheader against the last team to beat them in William Jessup University. The teams would split the doubleheader with William Jessup winning the first game 7-1 and Menlo winning the second game by a final score of 5-1. By splitting the series, Menlo moves to 27-16 on the season and 11-9 in GSAC play, while William Jessup now stands at 15-16 overall and 11-9 in conference play.
Menlo would struggle in game one of the doubleheader as they only scored one run off three hits while surrendering seven runs and 16 hits to the Warriors. William Jessup got the scoring started in the top of the second as they scored three runs thanks to two doubles. The Warriors would score another run in the top of the third with another RBI double. Menlo would score their only run of the game on a sacrifice fly by Brooke Menesini to bring in Bryce Etzler. Going into the top of the fifth, the Oaks would trail 4-1.
William Jessup would not slow down in the final three innings of play as the Warriors hit two solo home runs in the top of the fifth to extend their lead to 6-1. William Jessup would score one more run in the top of the seventh with a sacrifice fly. Menlo could not get anything going offensively in game one and would go on to lose by a final score of 7-1.
Sarah Reyes started the game for the Oaks and picked up the loss in the process. Reyes pitched three and two-thirds, allowed four runs (one earned), and surrendered 10 hits. Jordan Kennedy came in for relief as she allowed three runs (all earned), surrendered six hits and struck out two. Brooke Menesini drove in the only run of the game for the Oaks as she went 1-2 at the plate. Menlo left five runners on base and could not get any momentum.
It would be a pitching duel for the greater part of game two as neither team scored a single run in the first four innings of play. It was not until the fifth inning when Menlo finally got on the scoreboard as they score all five of their runs in that half inning thanks to a historic moment for a Menlo player.
Lauren Harrison got the scoring going for the Oaks with a RBI single to bring in Natalie Dorsey. Cassie Grana would be the next better and she would take full advantage of the opportunity, hitting her first home run of her Menlo career on a three-run bomb to right field. Sarah Reyes would add the final run of the inning with a RBI single to score Bryce Etzler on the play. William Jessup would manage to score one run in the top of the sixth with a RBI single. Menlo would hold on to the lead the rest of the way and win game two 5-1.
Victoria Cervantes pitched the entire game for the Oaks and was exceptional. Cervantes pitched a complete game, allowed one run (earned), five hits, walked one and struck out three. Menlo combined for ten hits in the ballgame but Cassie Grana Supplied the big hit with her three-run home run. Grana went 1-3 with three RBI's. Sarah Reyes had a solid day at the plate, going 2-3 with a RBI. Ariana Belarde was a perfect 2-2 along with scoring one run.
The Oaks will get some time off before they return to the diamond as they have a date with Biola University on April 21st. Coming into the series against Biola, Menlo has an 8-8 lifetime record against the Eagles and has won five of the last six against Biola. First pitch is scheduled to come at 12:00 p.m. at Wunderlich Field.