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Baseball - Thu, Apr. 6, 2017

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Menlo baseball team took an early 2-0 lead but Westmont rallied for two in the seventh to knot the game at 2-2. The contest went to extra innings but the Oaks prevailed thanks to a walk-off single by Julian Jarrard in the bottom of the 11th to give Menlo the 3-2 victory. 

  

The ninth-ranked Menlo College Baseball were playing a home away from home game on Thursday afternoon as they traveled down to Southern California to take on Westmont College. Coming into the game, Menlo had an 11-15 lifetime record against Westmont and were on a three-game winning streak against the Warriors. Menlo improves to 27-9 overall and 13-4 in conference play while Westmont drops to 22-13 overall and 8-9 in GSAC play.

It was a pitching duel for much of the game but both teams had timely hits to extend the game and keep things close. Menlo would strike first blood in the bottom of the second as Reed Kienle had a RBI single to left-center field to knock in Nick Quejado. The Oaks would not score again until the bottom of the fifth thanks to a solo home run by Kienle who had a big three-hit day for the navy and white. After five innings of play, the Oaks would lead 2-0.

Westmont would have to find a way to get some runs on the board and they would do just that, scoring two runs in the top of the seventh. The first run was plated on an infield single to second base to make it a 2-1 ball game. Westmont tied the game thanks to a suicide bunt down the first base line. With two innings to play, it was all even at 2-2.

It wasn't until the bottom of the 11th when the Oaks finally broke the tie and got the victory. Kama Eldredge led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Westmont would intentionally walk Jordan Getzelman, bringing Julian Jarrard to the plate.  Jarrard took full advantage of this opportunity and ripped a ball down the left field to bring in Kama Eldredge to give the Oaks the walk-off win, 3-2.

Jason Alexander started the game for the Oaks and had a solid performance once again. Alexander pitched six innings, allowed two runs (both earned), six hits, walked one and struck out five. Kevin George and Cruz Daddario came in for relief and were their usual dominant selves. George went two and two-thirds innings, allowed no runs, no hits, walked one and struck out four. Cruz Daddario picked up the win tossing two and third innings, allowed no runs, one hit, walked one and struck out one. Reed Kienle had an excellent day at the plate as he went 3-4 with one run and two RBI's. 

No rest for the Oaks on this road trip as they return to the diamond tomorrow in a battle with The Master's University in Santa Clarita.  Coming into the three-game series with the Mustangs, the Oaks have a 6-12 lifetime record against the Master's. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m. tomorrow.