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Baseball - Sat, Apr. 1, 2017

WOODSIDE, Calif. – The seventh-ranked Menlo College Oaks were finishing up their series against RV Hope International on Saturday, as the teams would play a doubleheader. The Oaks had never beaten Hope International and coming into today, Menlo had a 0-4 record against the Royals. Hope International was receiving votes in the latest poll and was looking to win the season series against Menlo. The teams would split today's doubleheader as Hope International won the first game by a final score of 7-6 and Menlo the second game by a final score of 4-2 in a seven-inning game. With the win and lose Menlo moves to 26-8 overall and 12-4 in GSAC play while Hope International moves to 20-10 on the season and 13-8 in GSAC play.

Game 1

The Oaks bats continued to feast off opposing pitchers as Julian Jarrard got the scoring started in the first inning with a three-run bomb to left field. Jordan Getzelman and Dalton Maxwell scored on the Jarrard homerun. Although, Hope International would hit the ball well through the entire series and would score five runs the top of the third thanks to a two-run home run, a RBI single, scoring on a wild pitch, and scoring on a fielder's choice.

The Oaks would not bow down as they added another run in the bottom of the third with a sacrifice fly by Jordan Getzelman to knock in Joe Gillette. Going into the top of the fourth, Menlo would trail hope International 5-4.

Menlo wanted to get their first victory against the Royals and would not tap out. Joe Gillette tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run. However, Hope International would regain the lead in the top of the eighth thanks to a bases-loaded sacrifice fly. The Royals would add one more run in the top the ninth, as well as they, scored on wild pitch to push their lead to 7-5. Menlo would have one more chance in the bottom of the ninth as Jordan Getzelman hit a solo home run to bring the Oaks within one. But that would be as close as Menlo would get as they would lose game one 6-7.

Andrew Merken got the start for the Oaks as he pitched two and two-thirds inning, allowed five runs (all earned), surrendered four hits, he walked two batters and struck out three. Kevin George got the loss for the Oaks as he pitched four and a third, allowed one run (unearned), one hit, walked one and struck out five. The Oaks left nine guys on base but some guys still had solid performances at the plate. Julian Jarrard went 2-2 with a three-run home run. Jordan Getzelman went 2-3 with a solo home run and scored another run and now has 20 homeruns on the season.

Game 2

The Oaks would replicate what they did in game one as Julian Jarrard hit another three run homerun in the bottom of the first to drive in Jordan Getzelman and Joe Gillette. This was Jarrard's second home run of the afternoon and his 12th of the season. After the first inning, the Oaks would lead 3-0. Hope International tried to get back in the ball game as they scored one run in the top of the second and third. Going into the bottom of the third, the Oaks would lead 3-2.

Menlo would get one more run on the board as Joe Gillette hit his second home run of the afternoon on a solo bomb to left-center. Gillette now has 11 homerun on the season. It would be a pitching duel the rest of the way, as neither team would get another run on the board. The Oaks would go on to win by a final score of 4-2.

Brian Ransom pitched a complete game for the Oaks in his first start of the season and he was nothing short of fantastic. Ransom allowed two runs (earned), gave up seven hits and struck out five. Joe Gillette had a solid Saturday at the plate going 2-2 in game two, scoring two runs and hitting a solo home run. Julian Jarrard supplied the big bat as he went 1-2 with a three-run home run and he also drew a walk.

The Oaks will get tomorrow and Monday off before they return to the diamond as they have a date with San Francisco State that is scheduled to come on Tuesday, April 4. The Oaks have a 5-4 lifetime record against San Francisco State and are on a two-game winning streak against them. First pitch is scheduled to come at 3:00 p.m. in San Francisco.