WOODSIDE, Calif. – The sixth-ranked Menlo College baseball team swept the series against No. 16-ranked Vanguard, winning the doubleheader by scores of 6-5 (11th inning) and 10-1. The wins improve Menlo to 22-5 overall and in sole possession of first place in the GSAC with an 11-2 conference record. The losses drop Vanguard to 19-12 and 11-4 in conference play. Coming into today's doubleheader, the Oaks had a 7-4 lifetime record against Vanguard and had not lost to them since March 19, 2016.
Fans got some free baseball in game one of this doubleheader as the game would go to extra innings thanks to some timely hitting by both teams. Vanguard got the scoring started for both teams with a two-RBI single in the third inning. Menlo would tie things up in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a Julian Jarrard two-run home run to left center. The Lions would retake the lead in the sixth with a RBI double to right field to make it a 3-2 ballgame. However, the Oaks would regain the lead in the bottom half of the sixth. Julian Jarrard hit a solo home run for the second of the game and a sacrifice fly by Eduardo Sanchez to score Jordan Getzelman. The Oaks would have a 4-3 lead after six innings of play.
Vanguard would not just bow out as they wanted this victory as much as the Oaks. The Lions would score one run in the seventh and eighth inning to take a 5-4 lead headed to the ninth inning. With one out in the ninth inning, Justin Cooney-Sylk was called to pinch-hit. He took full advantage of that opportunity because with the first pitch he saw he hit a game-tying solo home run to right center. This game would go to extras tied at 5-5. It wasn't until the bottom of the 11th when Kama Eldredge came in to pinch-hit. On the first pitch he saw, Kama took full advantage and hit a walk-off home run to left-center field to give the Oaks the 6-5 win.
Kevin George picked up the win for the Oaks as he pitched two innings, allowed no runs and no hits in the six batters he faced. Andrew Merken got the start for the Oaks and was solid in his time on the mound. Merken pitched four innings, allowed two runs (unearned), five hits, walked three and struck out one batter. Kama Eldredge was the hero of the game with his walk-off bomb. Julian Jarrard had an excellent game at the dish as he went 2-4 with two home runs and three RBI's. The Fireworks for the Oaks would roll into game two.
Menlo's offense caught fire in game two of this doubleheader as they scored 10 runs in just a seven-inning ball game. Joe Gillette got the offense rolling with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first to give Menlo a 2-0 lead. From there, that was all they needed to secure this victory as Brett Solano pitched a complete game, allowed one run (earned), gave up seven hits and struck out two batters. Unfortunately for the Lions, the offense did not stop there for the Oaks. Joe Gillette would score for a second time on a wild pitch with the bases loaded. Justin Cooney-Sylk would drive in two runs with a double to left-center field. Kama Eldredge would finish the four-run inning with a RBI single. After three innings of play, the Oaks had a comfortable 6-0 lead.
Menlo would score four more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Reed Kienle got things started with a RBI single to score Joe Gillette. Nick Quejado had a sacrifice fly to center to bring in Justin Cooney-Sylk. Chance Tindall would score on a wild pitch to increase the lead to 9-0. The final run of the inning came on a Joe Gillette RBI single to knock in Reed Kienle. Gillette finished a triple shy of the cycle. Vanguard would score one run in the top of the sixth with a RBI double to right. Once the game concluded, the Oaks walked away victorious with a 10-1 win.
Menlo will not play again till March 24 as they travel to Klamath Falls, Oregon, with a clash against Oregon Tech. It'll be a four-game series between these two schools as there will be a double-header on March 24-25. The Oaks have a 26-8 lifetime record against the Owls and are on a seven-game win streak against Oregon Tech. First pitch for game one on March 24 is set to come at 11:00 am.